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.
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.