Flash! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open June 18

Flash!  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open June 18

I’ve been seeing a lot of TV commercials for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new theme park opening at Universal Orlando.

Up until today, though, I’ve only seen that it was coming in the Spring.

I’ve just gotten an e-mail from them that led me to a date:

June 18th, 2010

This is a theme park based on, of course, the Harry Potter books.

Official Site

They have a nice website talking about the ride and “lands” and such.

The existence of this park is interesting.  J.K. Rowling, the author, is the most notable hold-out on making her books available in e-book form.  Supposedly, it’s because she wants kids to experience them the way she experienced books when she was a kid.

You know, like going to the Wind in the Willows theme park.   😉

Actually, this is a pretty big issue for me.  For children (and adults) with print disabilities (vision issues, debilitating conditions), e-books are the best way for them to access books.  Harry Potter was a particular challenge for people who have difficulty holding and manipulating heavy objects.  While audiobooks were available, that isn’t the same thing as sight-reading.

Anyway, the park looks fun!

 This post originally appeared in The Measured Circle blog.  


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