Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Theme Parks Opens At Universal Orlando

06/18/2010 02:59 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Potterheads beware: Universal Orlando's newest park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, officially opened today. Stars from the movies, including Harry Potter himself (Daniel Radcliffe) greeted visitors as they entered the park, according to the Associated Press.

The new theme park is home to a reproduction of Hogsmeade (the town Hogwarts students visit), Hogwarts School and the Hogwarts Express train.

The park's biggest ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, boasts special effects galore, from dragons, Dementors and even projections of characters like the beloved Dumbledore.

Radcliffe told the crowd that he and his co-stars were "all very, very, very excited to be here today. It really is incredible. What Universal Orlando has done with Harry Potter is really, really fantastic. We're all kind of very grateful that the next part of the Harry Potter legacy has been so well-done and so well-made. You're going to have an amazing time, I'm sure."

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