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Work begins to replace Jaws with Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida

Jaws ride

Universal Studios Florida has begun work to remove the shuttered Jaws ride, as it prepares to install a new land based on London as seen in the Harry Potter movies.

Screamscape reports that demolition work on the surrounding Amity area of the park has already begun. The entire area is set to be absorbed into the new Harry Potter land, which is expected to host a major rollercoaster based around Gringotts Bank.

According to the report, survey markers have been spotted in the backstage area behind Jaws, strengthening rumors that a version of the Hogwarts Express train will be installed to link the new area with the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter in neighboring Islands of Adventure.

Behind the Thrills features a photo report on the progress at Universal Studios Florida, pointing out that the "Welcome to Amity" sign has now been removed from the area's entrance. Orlando Attractions Magazine, meanwhile, reports that the model shark that is situated in Amity is once again available for guests to pose for photographs with.

Universal Studios Florida is yet to confirm the nature of Jaws' replacement, but there have been persistent rumors that a Harry Potter land is on the cards. This would enable the Universal Orlando Resort to further exploit the success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at neighboring Islands of Adventure, encouraging guests to buy tickets for both theme parks.

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