It appears that with the closure of Dragon Challenge and the construction of a new Harry Potter-themed family-friendly ride in its place, Universal will not be replacing everything from the ground up. A permit filed this month for the Wizarding World attraction seems to be for the re-theming of an existing building onsite.
The permit for Project 942, the assumed code name for the new ride, is described as being for “architectural and structural design of attraction scenes associated with the existing building, including modifications to the building envelope of existing building.”
This adds to an engineering permit that covers “full design of the attraction scenes that are not associated with existing buildings” and a previous permit filed late last year that referenced a pre-engineered metal building with three motor control centers; demonstrating that Universal won’t simply be renovating older structures, but will be using both new and existing elements to complete the setting. Although these permits have yet to give us a clear idea on exactly what the attraction will look like upon completion, details are presenting themselves bit by bit.
Universal promises the attraction will “redefine the category and transport you to thrilling places, drawing you into even more exciting adventures within the Wizarding World.”
Source: City of Orlando Permitting