Universal Orlando's Harry Potter land: Robot-powered ride debut June 18

UPDATE: See our coverage with exclusive pics and video of the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with picture of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and JK Rowling herself and see our video tour of the Harry Potter world at the Orlando theme park!

Universal Orlando Resort has finally confirmed the official grand opening date for its long-awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter land at its Islands of Adventure theme park: June 18, with an undetermined number of "soft opening" days before that.

WalletPop was the first to bring you Universal's Harry Potter Super Bowl ad, five days before it aired on television, and for today's announcement, we've got the goods on the core attraction of the new Harry Potter land, the enormous, no-expense-spared ride, "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey," which up to now has been a locked-down secret.