|Trisha Cerdena |||Jul 15, 2014 03:18 AM EDT|
Universal Studios Japan celebrated the grand opening of its own Wizarding World of Harry Potter a week after Universal Studios Orlando opened its Diagon Alley.
Harry Potter actors Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) greeted their Japanese fans on the red carpet at the Osaka Park.
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Universal Parks and Resorts President Tom Williams and the Governor of Osaka Prefecture also arrived.
This was followed by a fireworks display indicating that the new land of Harry Potter has officially opened. It unlocks its doors to the public this Tuesday morning.
Japan's Wizarding World is almost identical to the original land at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, but without the Dueling Dragons roller coasters.
Nonetheless, Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express train have been recreated. Guests can also refresh their Muggle memories at the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride in Hogwarts Castle.
Japan's version also has additional features which Orlando's does not have, such as the Black Lake situated right next to the castle.
The Wizarding World in Japan is the first ever outside of the United States while a fourth Wizarding World will open in California's Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016. The original Wizarding World land opened at the Islands of Adventure in 2010.
Similar to Orlando's Universal park, it is expected that Universal Studios Japan will benefit from a considerable boost of visitors as the Wizarding World opens to the public.
As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated in last month's announcement of the park's opening, the country looks forward to the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as it "will contribute to energizing Osaka and the local economy".
Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan, had also drawn attention to Harry Potter's influence on the youth.
"Harry Potter inspired a generation of children to love reading ... and when they are not reading, I hope they come to 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'", she said.
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