If you were planning to trot on down to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Southern California anytime soon, be prepared to twiddle your thumbs whilst waiting around for your owl-delivered letter of admittance (or in Mugglespeak, wait in line for days.)
That's because the Universal Studios Hollywood attraction is already totally sold out, despite it's first opening day being April 7 -- demand is so high that the park's VIP experience and Front of Line tickets have also been snapped up for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
This is the first time that a theme park has halted online-ticketing transactions.
The park opened after the original Wizarding World in Orlando became a mecca for HP fans in 2010. A second world also opened there after four years, followed by the more recent addition of the attraction in Japan in 2014. Yet, clearly even these offerings weren't enough to feed our wizarding addiction -- which is why everyone is almost about to pass out from excitement over this opening. That's not excluding the President of Universal Studios Hollywood, Larry Kurzweil, who said:
"We have been getting ready for this exciting day for the past five years and share the exhilaration with those guests who’ve made April 7th a sell-out day."
The version in Hollywood greatly resembles the one in Japan, featuring the Flight of the Hippogriff, Olivander's Wand Shop, The Three Broomsticks, Honeydukes, the infamous Hog's Head pub and of course, the Forbidden Journey ride through Hogwarts castle. Not bad, huh?
Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, whatever you are -- good luck getting tickets guys!