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Witchy woman

I can’t believe The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been open for four years, and I still haven’t gone.

So I’m going in the next couple of months  — before the summer crush of kids and family.

Or am I?

harry potter worldUniversal Orlando announced just yesterday that the park is launching a new expansion…

This summer.

Can I really go now and miss all the cool new attractions?  We’re talking the actual Diagon Alley, a fully functional Hogwarts Express train that connects the Universal parks, more shops and restaurants from the books, and a new ride called “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.”

Of course, if I do wait and go this summer, all those kids will be there….which means ginormous crowds and lines and heat and sweat and regret.

Perhaps I can wait a bit longer — what’s a few more months at this point — and go between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That is supposedly the slowest time at the park.

Decisions, decisions.  OH WAIT —

I’ll got twice!

Super Harry

Attention members of the “Harry Potter” fandom!

If you are planning to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday — and even if you aren’t — at the very least DVR the ads.

Universal Orlando has shelled out a reported $2.5-3 million to air a commercial for “The Wizarding Word of Harry Potter” theme park — scheduled to open this spring — during the big game.  Daniel Radcliffe himself is featured in the 30-second spot.

I know these ads are targeted to the dads and moms and kids who will be watching the Colts take on the Saints, but I’m pretty darn psyched myself.  In fact, one of my very first posts yammered on about the theme park’s announced opening.

The ad reportedly shows kids riding broomsticks with Harry and a rollercoaster in the background that looks like twin dueling dragons — hints at two of the more technologically advanced rides that visitors can expect.

The press announcement last fall already hinted at the recreation of the shoppes and streets of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle itself.  Too. Much. Fun.

We’ll just have to see if the commercial gives a better indication of the opening date.  Lots of reasons to tune in on Sunday!

(I hear they are playing football, too.)

Now boarding, track 9 3/4

I’ve done Disneyland.

I’ve done DisneyWorld, MGM Grand, and Epcot Center.  I’ve done Kings Island, Six Flags, Worlds of Fun, Silver Dollar City, and Knotts Berry Farm.

At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done amusement parks, and they’ve done me.

Well, all that changed this week when Universal Orlando Resorts and Warner Brothers announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Spring 2010 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Great Merlin’s beard!

I was like a kid in a candy store at the Harry Potter exhibit in Chicago earlier this year…but to get the chance to tour Hogswarts Castle?  To stroll down the streets of Hogsmeade?  Buy magical candies at Honeydukes, or sip butterbear at Three Broomsticks?  I will no doubt embarrass myself amid all the parents and children in attendance.

There are even going to be two rollercoasters — I mean, come on!  How am I supposed to behave…like an adult?

Harry Potter turns us all into kids again.  That’s the magic.