Thousands of guests arrive Friday, June 18, 2010 for the grand opening of the Wizarding World of
Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Gates to the theme park were opened at 6 a.m.,
as a line of faithful fans snaked as far back as the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk.
Hundreds of floating candles appear to hover above guests boarding the ride,
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, inside Hogwarts Castle.
On the way to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, guests will see this gargoyle inside Hogwarts Castle.
An animatronic "Hippogriff" greets guests at the Flight of the Hippogriff coaster near Hogwarts Castle.
The Flying Car, a Ford Anglia, displayed on the way to the Dragon Challenge roller coaster.
One of the cottages guests see while waiting in line at Flight of the Hippogriff coaster near Hogwarts Castle.
Harry Potter films stars (from left) James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Daniel
Radcliffe, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis.
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