The closure of Poseidon’s Fury provides the perfect opportunity to expand the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an immersive and awe-inspiring land that is spread between two parks at Universal Orlando Resort: Islands of Adventure, where you can explore Hogsmeade Village, and Universal Studios Florida, where you can shop like a Hogwarts student at Diagon Alley. The two lands are connected by the Hogwarts Express, allowing fans to live their best wizard (or witch) life and recreate scenes from the beloved books and films.
Despite the impressive amount of space each section of the Wizarding World takes up, these sections of the park are generally VERY busy. There are times when the castle lights are being projected on Hogwarts Castle that the crowds get so heavy it is nearly impossible to navigate through the land, and the line for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure often expends out of Hogsmeade and into The Lost Continent. The crowd levels and continued popularity of the land point towards expansion of The Wizarding World as the next logical step.
Recently, Universal closed the Poseidon’s Fury attraction. Poseidon’s Fury was really the only attraction that made The Lost Continent continue to make sense. The land is REALLY well themed, but the closure of Poseidon’s Fury leaves Mythos (a restaurant) as the only big draw for this area, with a handful of shops and two quick service locations being the only other items in The Lost Continent.
The Lost Continent is located directly East of Hogsmeade, allowing the Wizarding World to easily expand to a neighboring land. The area provides quite a bit of space, especially considering the fairly impressive size of the Poseidon’s Fury show building. Poseidon’s Fury was a walkthrough attraction, and this same tech could be re-purposed to provide a similar walkthrough-like experience for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, such as an experience walking through the forbidden forest. A complete re-theme of the area would result in some headaches in the short term, as you would reduce the number of paths into and out of Hogsmeade to one, but would certainly provide an adequate return on investment in the long run.
Universal recently added an entire Minions Land to Universal Studios Florida, and it appears an all-new Dreamworks Land (featuring characters from the hit Trolls, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda franchies) will debut in 2024 to replace the now defunct KidZone space at Universal Orlando Resort. These expansions, coupled with the construction of the new Epic Universe park, demonstrate Universal’s commitment to expansion and renovation. The Lost Continent now truly lives up to its name, as it has become a continent without a purpose, and repurposing the area to be an expansion to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the perfect use for this space.
It is becoming more and more obvious Universal needs to do SOMETHING with the lost continent, as a handful of shops and a talking fountain do not seem to make good use out of the precious space available inside Islands of Adventure. The popularity of The Wizarding World make an expansion of Hogsmeade a logical step for Universal, and the location of The Lost Continent make this the perfect spot for expansion.
Do you think Universal should expand Hogsmeade into The Lost Continent? If so, do you think the entire area should be re-themed, or just the Poseidon’s Fury building? Leave us a comment to let us know!
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