Until today, little was known about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction that is part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
Here’s a video released by Universal Orlando today detailing many aspects of the attraction, with a sneak peek inside:
The photo below has now been released from within Universal’s enormous recreation of Hogwarts Castle, home to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. The photo depicts what appear to be hundreds of floating candles and will be featured in the Room of Requirement.
If you look carefully at the photo (click to enlarge), you’ll notice that well-placed mirrors on the left side (and in the distance) create the illusion that the room is much larger than it actually is -- and that there are hundreds more candles than there really are.
This screen shot from the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride shows Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) riding a broom through a Quidditch game.
Seen here is a hall of moving portraits, some of which will interact with guests.
More details from and locations found within Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction:
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Quick Facts
And here is a CG fly-through of Hogsmeade Village that is also part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will hold its grand opening at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure theme park on June 18, 2010.
(Photo credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort.)Tweet
This morning marked the debut on the “Tronorail,” one of Walt Disney World’s monorails wrapped in artwork promoting the upcoming Disney film, “Tron: Legacy.” The artwork features the iconic light cycles from the film (and the original “Tron”), leaving painted light trails behind.
The repainted monorail is making its way around the Epcot monorail track, which runs back and forth between Epcot and the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Here is a video of the Tronorail approaching Epcot, making its way through the theme park, pulling into the monorail station, and exiting to head back to the TTC:
And a photo gallery of Tronorail photos I snapped today:
If you want to catch a glimpse of the Tronorail in action, be prepared to wait. The Epcot line was running 3 monorails today, so the above 3-minute video took me nearly 2 hours to shoot, waiting 15-20 minutesbetween each appearance of the Tron monorail. But it was totally worth it.Tweet
In a day full of announcements from Disney’s 2010 shareholder meeting, one additional detail has snuck onto the official Disney Parks Blog. At Walt Disney World, an Epcot monorail will be wrapped in artwork promoting the upcoming film “Tron: Legacy.” Here’s a peek at the artwork featuring a snazzy light cycle design:
Already being unofficially dubbed the “Tron-o-rail,” this artwork could be seen at Walt Disney World as early as some time this month (March), though the “Tron: Legacy” film does not hit theaters until Dec. 2010.
At today’s shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger also mentioned that a Tron TV series and video games are in development.
And in case you missed it, click here to watch the newest “Tron: Legacy” trailer that was released this week.Tweet
A few days ago, on Feb. 22, 2010, Epcot quietly opened a new exhibit at Innoventions oddly titled “Take a Nanooze Break.”
Based upon the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported children’s magazine and Web site Nanooze,the exhibit features a series of interactive, continually updated displays that allow visitors to manipulate models of molecules, study everyday items at the nanoscale, and interact with scientists and engineers who conduct the latest nano research.
Frequent visitors to Epcot’s Innoventions might be thinking, “Didn’t they already have something like this?” Well, yes. The former “Too Small to See” Innoventions exhibit was a precursor traveling exhibition that helped pave the way for Take a Nanooze Break.
“The experience is immersive and gives guests a number of ways to view a world that is too small to see,” says Carl Batt of Cornell University, the lead researcher for the project. “It also gives guests a view of nanotechnology from real scientists”
“Nanotechnology will bring multiple, fundamental changes to the way we work to create goods, develop sustainable approaches, advance medicine and improve quality of life.,” says Mike Roco, senior advisor for nanotechnology at NSF. “About $80 billion worth of products incorporated nanoscale components in the United States in 2010, and one can envision mass use of nanotechnology by 2020. The Nanooze exhibition informs and inspires the public about this fast-arriving future society.”
In addition to teaching about nanotechnology, the exhibit offers plenty of available seating – hence the “take a break” aspect of it. If there’s anything that’s a welcome addition to a Disney theme park, it’s more air-conditioned areas to sit and relax.Tweet
I was sent a YouTube video link tonight and when I pulled up the page in FireFox to watch it, I noticed that the entire YouTube experience had changed to a much more lightweight, user-friendly, and FAST interface.
Here’s a look:
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Fueled by Ajax, clicking any link on the video page resulted in instant gratification. If you want to see more videos from the user who posted the one you’re watching, a quick drop-down menu is available (seen in the screenshot above). Searching for a new video shrinks the video you’re watching on the left side, displaying the search results instantly on the right, like so:
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There’s also the addition of Like/Dislike (thumbs up / thumbs down) buttons.
I wondered if the interface change was global, so I pulled up the same video I was watching in Safari and got the old, standard YouTube UI. I’m not sure why FireFox is giving me the new interface, but I’d like to keep it.Tweet