Harry Potter Universal Studios Florida Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Owner: Universal City Development Partners

Case Study

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando


Construction of the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade, and the surrounding village at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Once the attraction opened in 2010, guests could explore Harry Potter’s world, including Hogswarts castle and Hogsmeade village.


  • Develop competitive bids on three stand–alone jobs that made up the overall project
    • All conduits and wiring underground
    • All conduits and wiring above the surface
    • All conduits and wiring supporting the surrounding village
  • Install all electrical systems throughout


  • Managing the sheer size of the site and the magnitude of the project
  • Determining where underground wiring should surface to support ride and show equipment
  • Coordinating the workflow of up to 175 crew members to maximize efficiency
  • Preparing for an inspection by company executives several months before the project was complete


  • Teamed with an experienced and familiar project manager
  • Worked closely with Ride and Show vendors to pinpoint exact locations for underground wiring to surface
  • Created teams working under a supervisor and several foremen to make assignments manageable
  • Ramped up staffing to work around the clock for four days to prepare for site visit

Did You Know?

So much conduit and cables were needed that they covered more than 400 square feet of ground before they were buried:

  • 253 miles of branch wiring
  • 152 miles of control/audio/visual cables
  • 48 miles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) conduit
  • 45 miles of electrical metallic tubing (EMT) conduit
  • 12 miles of feeder cable


Universal Parks and Resorts Chairman and CEO Tom Williams has called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a game changer that had a major impact on park attendance, revenue and merchandise sales.

“It’s known around the world. To be able to say that we were so instrumental in putting together everything that is electrical in that ride is pretty cool,” says Tony Scruggs, President of Service Complete Electric.