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The 'Harry Potter' Ride Of Your Dreams Might Be In The Works

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25/08/2016 1:24 PM AEST
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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 18: In this handout photo provided by Universal Orlando Resort and taken June 13, 2014, today June 18, Universal Orlando announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potters Diagon Alley will officially open on July 8, allowing guests to experience even more of Harry Potters adventures in an all-new, magnificently-themed environment. Located in the Universal Studios Florida theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will feature shops, dining experiences and the next generation thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. The new immersive area will double the size of the sweeping land already found at Universals Islands of Adventure, expanding the spectacularly themed environment across both Universal theme parks and guests can journey between both lands aboard the Hogwarts Express. For additional information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/WizardingWorld. (Photo by Sheri Lowen/Universal Orlando Resort via Getty Images)
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Hold on to your sorting hats, folks. Looks like a new ride might be on its way to Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

The Orlando Business Journal reported Monday on a new patent filed by NBCUniversal subsidiary Universal City Studios LLC that details an interactive video-game ride involving wands and spells. While the patent does not expressly state the ride would be for anything Hogwarts-related, the language does mention the possibility of a “wizard-themed game.”

It sounds like theme-park goers would sit in a vehicle that would move about a course designed to receive signal inputs from various controllers, including wands! And in order for wands to dictate a rider’s path, it would make a whole lot of sense if there were spells involved.

The patent states that the ride could involve participants competing against one another, scoring points along the way and could even be tailored to various users’ ages. The ride concept sounds somewhat similar to the immersive video-game experiences Universal is creating in partnership with Nintendo

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been undergoing a pretty massive expansion in the past few years, with an additional land added in Orlando, and two new Potter-themed areas opening more recently in Japan and California. Here’s to hoping the expansion continues!

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