Welcome to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Calling all Muggles, young, old, and in-between, for an incredible treat! For all of the die-hard Harry Potter fans that harbor a secret desire to be a part of that magical world, Universal Orlando Resort and USA Today are offering a sneak peek, via a 3-D augmented reality map, into the much anticipated theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening this spring at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Here's how it works: In USA Today on January 28, there will be an augmented reality map complete with instructions easy enough to follow even for the technology-impaired. All you will need is the map and a computer with a webcam. The 20-acre amazing theme park will come to life before your eyes. As you move the map around you will be looking at the park. Put the map closer to your webcam and it will zoom to any side and angle of Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Express, Hogwarts Castle, and anything else you want to explore. Even your computer microphone becomes interactive in this 3-D experience. Try blowing into it and the flags on the map will wave!
Circle January 28 on your calendar if you want to enjoy your very own journey in Harry's world. Potter fans: get out your wands, wizard hats, and spell books, because this 3-D experience might be enough to wet your whistle and have you clamoring to experience the real thing. My kids are already campaigning for a trip there and, um... secretly my wand is ready to go as well!