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!