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Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

It’s the most magical time of the year… Christmastime! During this festive season the Universal Orlando parks and resorts get even more awesome! From holiday decorations, to special offerings, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Universal Studios Florida! Even a Grinch will find themselves getting into the spirit of the season when they visit! During this Christmas season you can celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

 

Let’s take a look at the festive offerings that can be found in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

Over at Universal Studios Florida inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you will find that both Diagon Alley and London have been adorned top to bottom with festive Christmas décor. Throughout the land you will be dazzled by the brilliant holiday lighting. Throughout this area of the park you will find a wide selection of specialty holiday treats and drinks! The atmosphere is fun and festive! Grab yourself a Butter Beer, walk around, and enjoy the ambiance!

 

If you have visited Universal Studios Florida before, then you may have seen Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees! Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees are an exciting musical act that performs in Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees have a special show prepared just for the holidays that you can catch this time of year!

 

Over at Universal Island’s of Adventure park, you can visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -Hogsmeade. This time of year Hogsmeade embraces the spirit of the season! All of the shops and storefronts are festively decorated with garland and lights! You can catch a performance by the Frog Choir! This time of year they sing festive holiday songs.

 

Also throughout the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, you will find a variety of special holiday treats and drinks to share! Once evening comes the night sky will dazzle with the projection of holiday spirit at The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. At night you can experience a special projection show that lights up the Hogwarts castle! This amazing spectacular is called, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle and it is a must see show during your holiday visit!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort

Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando Florida!

 

Recently a few of our travel planners visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter makes guests feel like they have step inside of the story of  Harry Potter! If you are a fan of this series, then this is the place you will want to visit!

Here are just a few of the exciting experiences that some of our Travel Planners had on their most recent visit to the Wizarding World!

 

 

 

First up our Travel Planners enjoyed a delicious meal inside of the Leaky Caldron! If you are familiar with the Harry Potter series then you will recognize this location and appreciate all of its wonderful theming and details!

 

 

 

 

 

Next our team wandered around the Wizarding World and took tons of photos! You can truly spend so much time just taking in all the details of this incredibly themed area of the park!

 

 

Our Travel Planners visited the Globus Mundi store, a store themed to the travel agency in the Wizarding World! This was a big highlight for our team! They loved all the travel related merchandise and theming!

 

 

 

Next our team went to find Gilly Water! This is a special brand of water that can be found in the Wizarding World. Throughout the Wizarding World they sell special flavorings or ” elixirs” to flavor this water! This is such a fun and unique experience!

 

 

Then our Travel Planners tried their hand at the interactive wand magic in the Wizarding World! Throughout the Wizarding World you can find wand locations where you can use your interactive wand to cast spells and create magic for yourself!

 

 

Our Travel Planner, Alyssa Maisano captured these exciting experiences on video! I loved getting to put these clips together, as I have yet to ever go to Universal Orlando myself! I have always wanted to experience the Wizarding World and getting to see her video helped me piece together what this exciting world looks like and all the excitement it holds!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today so you can plan your exciting adventure to Universal Studios!

 

First-Look at the Creatures in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! Universal Orlando – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter fans get ready! Universal Orlando has revealed more details about the magical creatures that we will soon be able to encounter on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. This brand-new Harry Potter attraction will open on June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This new ride will be the most immersive, highly-themed coaster experience ever! This epic coaster will take you on a thrilling journey with Hagrid to the Forbidden Forest where you will discover the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. This attraction’s opening is just around the corner and we can’t wait to experience it in person!

 

 

Universal is revealing an exclusive look at some of the creatures we will get to encounter on the ride including a very rare creature that has never even been seen in the films. Universal plans to reveal a new creature each day in the coming weeks. These sneak peaks we now get to see are the perfect way to prepare for the mystical things we will be encountering during our trip into the Forbidden Forest as part of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures Class. Our fourth creature is a majestic being not to be confused with a horse or human.

 

Centaurs

A Centaur is a magical creature with a human head, torso and arms, joined to a horse’s body. They are, however, their own species and should be treated with great respect. As we make our way into the dark forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we need to be on the lookout for this mysterious archer in the distance ready to strike. He stands at 8 ft. tall, which would probably make him a great athlete in the Muggle world!

 

Devil’s Snare

Even though Devil’s Snare is not a creature, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this perilous plant from the wizarding world! This rare plant often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire – remember that on your journey! Devil’s Snare is one of the many challenges we will face on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. We hear we might even find ourselves entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant! However it is important to remember to remain calm! If we don’t, we may end up entangled in hundreds of its vines!

 

Cornish Pixies

Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief, often at the expense of others. These mischievous creatures fly, and have also been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings. You may remember from the Harry Potter films this happened to Neville Longbottom. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we will see these troublesome creatures wreaking havoc on an infamous blue car… and in places we may not expect. They’re about 13 inches tall and we will find more than 20 pixies throughout this adventure.

 

Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog

Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. As you may know, Fluffy has a weakness, he falls asleep to the sound of music. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we will confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. In this brand- new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars!

 

With this exciting new Harry Potter attraction opening early THIS SUMMER, now is the perfect time to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your family’s summer vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – NEW Attraction Opening THIS SUMMER at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

This has been an exciting week for Universal Orlando! The Universal Orlando Resort has now shared details and concept art about their brand-new Harry Potter roller coaster that will be opening THIS SUMMER inside of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Let’s check it out!

 

For some time now we have known that a new coaster was under construction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, in Universal Orlando. However as far as details of the coasters theme and backstory, we really didn’t know much! Well now that has changed! We now know that guest will get to join Hagrid on a coaster that shares a great resemblance to his bike with the side car that he first gave Harry Potter himself a ride in! From the look of the concept art it will appear that we get to step right inside of the movie! I am so excited!

 

In this brand-new attraction, we will get to join Hagrid and fly far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle! During this thrilling roller coaster ride we will plunge into the paths of some of the Wizarding World’s rarest magical creatures. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal’s most highly themed coaster opens June 13, 2019! I am so excited that this coaster’s opening day is just around the corner! You can find the new ride only at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, in Universal Orlando!

 

Now is the perfect time to plan your summer vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

All About Interactive Wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Universal Orlando Resort

When planning your visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter there are a few items every witch and wizard plans to grab, your house robe, a butter beer and of course your very own wand!

Getting a wand inside the Wizarding World truly takes your experience at the parks to the next level! You can choose to purchase an interactive wand! These wands have been crafted with a bit of extra magic that allows you to use your wand for some pretty amazing interactive experiences within the park! You can give your wand a “swish and a flick” and cause some magical surprises to take place!

Let’s take a closer look and answer some of your questions about interactive wands!

 

What do they look like?

Universal has 22 styles of interactive wands based off of the movie characters. Each wand is inspired by the wands of one of your favorite Harry Potter film series characters! If you are looking for even more options, Universal has you covered! Additionally there are interactive wands that are not based on a character. These wands are unique to the witch or wizard’s personality!

 

 

Where do you find them?

When you are ready to pick out your wand you have a couple of places you can go. In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders. You can also find them at Wands by Gregorovitch.

In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders. You can also find them at the wand cart on the path to Hogwarts castle.

If you have the time and are looking for a unique experience then I definitely recommend visiting the wand keeper in Ollivanders! Here you can witness the magic of a wand choosing its witch or wizard! You yourself may even get selected to participate in the experience!

Additionally you can also find wands for sale at the Universal Store in front of Universal Studios Florida and at CityWalk.

 

 

What do the wands do?

Now that you have your interactive wand, you are ready for the fun part! It is time to cast spells during your journey through the Wizarding World! In total, there are 16 spells you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and 9 you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Inside the box that your interactive wand came in, you will find a double-sided map that provides the details of all the spell casting locations.

The location for an interactive wand stop will be marked with a gold medallion. This shows wizards and witches where to stand and indicates the correct wand movement for the spell that they should cast.

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel Planner today to plan your next adventure!

Globus Mundi – New Travel Store Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort

 

There is a brand-new shop that can now be found inside of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort… Globus Mundi! This store has our team of Travel Professionals so excited because it hits close to home for us! This store is themed to a travel agency!

 

 

 

The shopfront of Globus Mundi as well as the stores interior are all themed to a travel agency in the Wizarding World! The shop sells a wide selection of Harry Potter merchandise as well as many travel accessories! Whatever destination you are visiting, this shop has something for all your travel needs!

 

 

The Globus Mundi shop is located across from Carkitt Market. When you first enter the store through the bright orange door, the first thing you will soon notice is all of the attention to detail! You will spot a towering wall of ticking clocks all representing the different time zones. You will also see colorful city posters from around the world, as well as a number of world maps. The Globus Mundi Travel Agents made sure to showcase all of these amazing destinations.

 

 

Here at Kingdom Magic Vacations all of our Travel Planners will tell you that travel preparation is key! Throughout the store, you will find all new exclusive traveling accessories such as luggage tags, wallets, sweatshirts, coffee mugs and more. Globus Mundi has everything you need to make traveling a little more memorable!

Globus Mundi will give you an insight into the vast possibilities of travel within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With the incredible level of attention to detail and large selection of travel accessories, exploring the shop will get you excited for your next travel plans… and when that time comes to plan your next vacation, you don’t need to travel to the Wizarding World to find magical travel planners! Simply contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner! Our team will use their knowledge to help you and your family plan your next magical adventure!

The Universal Orlando Resort just sold their 20 Millionth Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

2010, saw the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at the Universal Orlando Resort. It was then that Universal park-goers got to indulge in their very first Butterbeers! This delicious beverage inspired by the drink referenced in the Harry Potter franchise has become an iconic part of guest’s visits to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! This past week after 8 years of Wizarding World fun, Universal made the exciting announcement that they have officially sold their 20 millionth Butterbeer!

Universal has shared that inventing Butterbeer was a true labor of love. Universal’s culinary team worked hard to guarantee that Butterbeer would be 100% authentic to the Wizarding World. The Wizarding World treat has become a true staple of the park and a “rite-of-passage” for everyone who visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Over the years, the Universal Orlando resort has created additional delicious treats based around that popular Butterbeer flavor. Along with the original cold and frozen varieties of the beverage, there is also Butterbeer soft-served ice cream, fudge, potted cream and the seasonal Hot Butterbeer. However you choose to enjoy your Butterbeer, this Potter classic is the perfect treat for wizards and witches!

Congratulations Universal! Cheers to 20 million more Butterbeers to come! When was the last time you enjoyed a butterbeer? Our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

This September Enjoy, Back to Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

September marks “back to school” for many educational intuitions one of those being Hogwarts! That’s right! Weather you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff get ready to go ‘Back to Hogwarts’ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this September!

Fans of the Harry Potter series will know that each September young wizards and witches head back to school to start a new school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This September Universal Orlando invites fans to celebrate going back to Hogwarts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Visitors can look forward to special activities in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Here is some of the Back to Hogwarts fun you can participate in:

  1. Back to Hogwarts: A Social Media Fan Meet-Up

On September 1, you can kick off the month-long celebration by joining your fellow Harry Potter fans for the start of ‘Back to Hogwarts!’

 

  1. Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the month, Universal invites guests to participate in a photo scavenger hunt through the Harry Potter lands. Guests can share how The Wizarding World comes to life by using, #BackToHogwarts. Starting September 2, you can pick up a ‘Back to Hogwarts’ Scavenger Hunt map from one of the following locations:

Universal Studios Florida

  • Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
  • Universal Studios Store

Universal’s Island of Adventure

  • Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
  • Islands of Adventure Trading Company

 

  1. Group Photo Fridays

Snap the perfect picture in some of your favorite locations in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests will get to take part in photo meet-ups along with fellow witches and wizards every Friday in September. Locations will be in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Universal encourages visitors to dress for the occasion in your best ‘Back to Hogwarts’ wardrobe! Here is a list of dates and locations for these photo opportunities:

Friday, September 7:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Where: Hogwarts Express

When: 2 PM EST

Friday, September 14:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Where: Triwizard Stage

When: 12:45 PM EST

Friday, September 21:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Where: Carkitt Market Stage

When: 12 PM EST

Friday, September 28:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Where: Knight Bus

When: 2 PM EST

*Times and locations subject to change

 

  1. Dress for Back to Hogwarts

To best celebrate, ‘Back to Hogwarts’ you will want to dress the part! So pull out your house robe and your wand! Universal encourages guests to dress up and show off their creativity alongside your fellow witches and wizards during the ‘Back to Hogwarts’ celebration.

 

  1. All the Magic!

‘Back to Hogwarts’ is the perfect time to enjoy all that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer. Grab a Butterbeer, enjoy the shops of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, ride the thrilling attractions, take in the breathtaking “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” show, and so much more!

 

Also if you need your own school supplies you can pick up some backpacks, stationery, apparel, and accessories to celebrate your Hogwarts house pride!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

NEW Chocolate Frog Wizard Card Coming this Summer to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort!

If you are a Harry Potter fan then you will recall from the books and films that a favorite treat for Harry and his friends was a Chocolate Frog! Guests who visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando are able to try these Chocolate Frogs for themselves! Ever since the opening of the Wizarding World at the Universal Orlando parks this sweet treat has become a favorite with guests! In addition to Chocolate Frogs being a delicious sweet treat, each box also includes a special Chocolate Frog wizard card that highlights a famous witch or wizard. Many fans of Harry Potter like to collect these wizarding cards, they make wonderful souvenirs to bring home or a great gift to give to a fan of the Harry Potter franchise! Well we have some exciting news, a new card is being released!

Coming this summer, Jocunda Sykes will be featured on her very own Chocolate Frog wizard card. Jocunda Sykes is most known for being the first witch to ever fly over the Atlantic by broom! Her card will be released on July 2. For a limited time, each Chocolate Frog box will have a gold sticker that contains the new Jocunda Sykes wizard card. Soon after, the boxes with the new cards will be mixed in with the boxes featuring other famous witches and wizards. Earlier this year, Bertie Bott joined the card collection, Fans of the books and movies may remember Bertie Bott for his famous wizarding candy, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavor Beans.

You can find Chocolate Frogs within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the following locations:

  • Sugarplum’s Sweetshop in Diagon Alley
  • Honeydukes in Hogsmeade

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018!

A Celebration of Harry Potter has become a very popular annual event put on by the Universal Orlando Resort. All year long Universal is a treat for Harry Potter fans! Guests can step into the magical worlds that they have read about and seen in the famous film series everyday through thrilling rides, spellbinding shows and unforgettable experiences, like finding your perfect wand at Ollivanders. Through the immersive lands of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, visitors will be living the story of Harry Potter!

Every Year Universal becomes filled with even more wizarding magic during A Celebration of Harry Potter. The 3-days long wizarding event is no additional charge to park guests. Regular admission is all that is required to attend the festivities. The Universal Orlando Resort partners with Warner Brothers to bring to life this event filled with everything a super fan of the Harry Potter franchise could every desire! Guests can look forward to special panels, Q&A sessions with film talent, magical demonstrations, and expos. This past weekend was the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter and we are excited to share a few of the exciting offerings from this year’s event!

 

Film Talent

One of the most exciting components of the event each year is the star-studded line up of film talent! Actors from the film series make special appearances on panels and in Q&A sessions. These film talent events are always interactive and filled with fun. The stars share special stories and memories from their experience getting to work on what has now become such a beloved movie series. The actors always loves to reminisce on their favorite funny moments and the goofy things they remember from being onset. During the Q&A the guests have the opportunity to get involved in the action and ask their favorite stars whatever they want to know. The event is always full of great interaction and everyone walks away with great memories and stories to tell! This year the film talent included,

Natalia Tena, (played Nymphadora Tonks)

Stanislav Yanevski, (played Viktor Krum)

Bonnie Wright, (played Ginny Weasley)

James and Oliver Phelps, (played Fred and George Weasley)

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

The heart of the Harry Potter event is the expos. The Universal soundstages become huge expo halls that house booths and activities dedicated to all things Harry Potter. Let’s take a look at some of the fun that was found inside the soundstages this year,

 

Pottermore

Pottermore is the official Harry Potter fan club and they had a great presence at this year’s event. At the Pottermore booth you could use smart tablets to take a sorting quiz which based on your personality would tell you which Hogwart’s house you belong in. Also at the Pottermore booth, guests could create fun keepsakes with whimsical props by posing for a Harry potter themed GIF! Such a great way to share the fun on social media with your friends.

 

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

This past year a new chapter in the Harry Potter story was born when the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play premiered in London. The story is a continuation of a new era in Harry’s life. The play will be coming to New York this year and so many people are on the edge of their seat, awaiting to experience the continued story. Everyone attending the event got a taste of what to expect in the theatrical production by visiting the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child section of the expo. Here guests got to see a glimpse into the new story through real props and costumes from the show.

 

Audible

Audible is the popular audiobook service and they had a booth at this year’s event advertising the Harry Potter audiobooks available on Audible. The booth was home to a very fun game where true fans could compete against other fans to prove just how well they know the books. In the game, you would wear headphones and listen to a selection from one of the Harry Potter books. You would then have to guess which book the line is from. In the end, you can see how you ranked against the other fans! This booth was a very fun and competitive place to be!

 

 

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them VR Experience

Guests could put on a Virtual Reality headset and live inside the movie Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. In the experience, you could encounter a series of magical creatures!

 

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Hands down a huge hit at this year’s event was the Warner Brothers Studios tour that was set up inside one of the Universal Studio’s soundstages. The experience gave guests a portion of what they could experience at the actual Warner Brother Studio tour in London. During the tour guests got to view props, costumes and watch special effects demonstrations to learn how the magic was made!

 

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game

Late this Springs the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery mobile game will be released on IOS. Guests who attended the event got to be among the first people to ever experience the new game when visiting the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery booth! From what we have heard the game will give you the experience of going to Hogwarts. The style of the game will be similar to the very popular Pokemon Go app.

 

Harry Potter Concert Series

Everyone loves the music from the Harry Potter films! The scores are so iconic, thrilling and powerful! The Harry Potter Concert Series is an orchestra that travels the world preforming the famous music live alongside the movie. The Harry Potter Concert Series was represented in a booth at this year’s event.

 

New Projection Show on Hogwart’s Castle

The icing on the cake at this year’s event was the premiere of the brand new Harry Potter project show on the Hogwart’s castle. This past Christmas season the Hogwarts castle introduced Christmas projections for the first time and it was an instant hit with visitors. After the Christmas show premiered it became highly rumored that this exciting new technology could pave the way for more projection shows in the future. Well that came true with the premiere of the new show, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” The show is a celebration of all 4 Hogwart’s houses. Be sure to bring your house pride when watching this show!

We hope you enjoyed hearing about a few of the offerings from this year’s event. Experience the fun for yourself and plan your visit to next year’s Celebration of Harry Potter with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner!

 

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

Hold on to your Hippogriff because we have more details to announce for one of our favorite event, A Celebration of Harry Potter.

We’re excited to announce that Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) is joining the Harry Potter film stars line up for next year’s event!

We also have new content and returning fan favorites for witches, wizards and Muggles to enjoy at the Harry Potter Expo. You’ll be able to step into J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with:

  • NEW: “Wizarding Costumes from Harry Potter: The Exhibition” – You’ll be able see some of the most stunning costumes from the Harry Potter series and walk the runway to pose for a one-of-a-kind keepsake photo.
  • “The Sorting Hat Experience” – If you don’t know your Hogwarts house, you’ll have the chance to find out if you’re a Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor or Slytherin at “The Sorting Hat Experience.”

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

  • Pottermore – Start practicing your Harry Potter trivia because Audible Recall is back with updated questions. And, you can even play against your fellow housemates with house-specific rounds each day of the event. #HogwartsRules
  • Scholastic – Scholastic is celebrating 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published. You can write your favorite Harry Potter memory on the Muggle Wall, step into a life-sized recreation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and enter to win one-of-a-kind Harry Potter prizes.

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

  • MinaLima – Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are back this year to share their graphic designs of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and so much more.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – “The Making of Harry Potter” is back to give you the opportunity to see first-hand some of the incredible effects that were used in the Harry Potter film series.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – As the play gets ready to open on Broadway, you’ll get an exclusive, never-seen-before look at the costumes, designs and imagery from the production.

Get ready for three brand-new panels you won’t want to miss:

  • Discover Behind-the-Scenes Secrets with Award Winning Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson – The magic comes alive as John Richardson – Special Effects Supervisor on all eight Harry Potter films – shares with you how flying broomsticks, floating candles, wand explosions, fire-breathing dragons, and more were created on the Harry Potter film set.
  • “Graphic Design for Film: Creating the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes” – Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima are here to chat about what went into bringing Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to life.
  • “The Magic of Costumes in Harry Potter” – Join Jany Temime, award-winning costume designer behind the last six films, and Eddie Newquist, exhibition curator, to talk about the amazing costumes in the Harry Potter films.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your house robes and wands, and get your vacation packages today for A Celebration of Harry Potter.

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

We are so excited to announce that A Celebration of Harry Potter will return to Universal Orlando Resort for a fifth year from January 26-28, 2018. And for the first time ever, Stanislav Yanevski, who played the role of Viktor Krum, will be attending the event alongside fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps, who starred as Fred and George Weasley. This is just the first wave of Harry Potter film stars to be announced for next year’s event so stay tuned!

Some of fan-favorite magical experiences during this weekend-long event include Q&A sessions with select Harry Potter film stars, as well as special panels, demonstrations, activities and displays that celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

While all of these opportunities are included in regular theme park admission or with an Annual Pass – the vacation packages offer even more activities throughout A Celebration of Harry Potter. By purchasing a package, guests will receive exclusive benefits such as admission to a private event reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and access to new Workshops (more details to be revealed at a later date). Not to mention, by purchasing a vacation package you get reserved seating for the panels and demonstrations.

Premium Vacation Package Overview:

For those who always have their wands – and Harry Potter trivia – at the ready!

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive autograph session with select film stars
  • Evening reception at the Harry Potter Expo (Saturday)
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio session at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo, panels and demonstrations
  • Reserved section for select panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

A Celebration of Harry Potter Vacation Package Overview:

Perfect for those that have an obsession with all things Harry Potter. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents.

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • First come, first served special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special access to panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more information and details about A Celebration of Harry Potter and the different vacation packages.

The time is now to get your mischief managed and prepare for the fifth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter!

New Generation Of Thrill Ride Coming To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

New Generation Of Thrill Ride Coming To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

A new generation of thrill ride is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2019! We can’t tell you everything about the new ride just yet, but here’s what we can share:

  • This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures. It’ll be unlike anything Universal Orlando Resort ever done before and it will be fun for the entire family.
  • The new attraction will be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences Universal has ever created. It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.
  • The award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films to bring this new coaster experience to life.
  • This ride is going to redefine the category and transport you to thrilling places, drawing you into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world. It’s going to be the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.

Universal is permanently closing Dragon Challenge on September 5 to make way for this all-new ride. The last day of operation will be Monday, September 4.

In the meantime, make sure you get out to Hogsmeade and take your last ride on Dragon Challenge before it closes.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

No trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter can feel complete without a belly full of Butterbeer. But what if you want to branch out?

If you are planning a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, here are some delectable treats you’ll still be craving when you’re back in the Muggle world.

Pick Your Flavor – Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Straight from the books and movies, Florean’s yummy creations live on in Diagon Alley! With so many curious and wonderful flavors, you can’t go wrong.

  • Chocolate Chili Ice Cream – Both sweet and spicy for those who crave the extraordinary.
  • Strawberry and Peanut-Butter Ice-Cream – This flavor will help you relive your school lunch days.
  • Earl Grey and Lavender Ice Cream – Put your pinkies up because now we’re getting sophisticated. Tea lovers can experience their favorite drink in frozen form.
  • Salted Caramel Blondie Ice Cream – Salted caramel mingles with super creamy goodness and Blondie brownie bits to leave you smiling after every bite.
  • Butterbeer Ice Cream – Okay, okay… This isn’t exactly “beyond Butterbeer.”  But who could resist a mouthwatering bite of the Butterbeer flavor in soft-serve form? (No one can resist. The answer is no one.)

Fishy Green Ale – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Looking for a drink on another Ordinary Wizarding Level? Fishy Green Ale comes with an oversized straw and a bed of blueberry “fish eggs” at the bottom. The consistency is creamy and the aroma is mint with a hint of cinnamon.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Gillywater – Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment

This water is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot Diagon Alley day. And for those curious about the art of potion-making, our witches and wizards can add such tonics as Fire Protection Potion, Babbling Beverage, Draught of Peace and Elixir to Induce Euphoria.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Tongue Tying Lemon Squash – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

This isn’t your Muggle’s lemonade. Tart and tangy with a hint of vanilla, your lips will pucker at the mere thought of Tongue Tied Lemon Squash. And your taste buds will thank you after the first sip.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

A carbonated cup of deliciousness with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon and sugar on the rim. Need we say more?

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Peachtree Fizzing Tea – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Fresh off its appearance in your favorite Harry Potter films, this concoction has a fizzing volume of a whopping 87%. Peach and a hint of ginger bubble up to the glee of all who thirst for something special and effervescent in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale Beer – The Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Beer is good. Beer made exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is even better! For those who like something dark, Wizard’s Brew is a sweet stout with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dragon Scale is an amber lager – also sure to please. Take the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade to find Hog’s Head Brew and complete the trifecta.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Fire Whisky – The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

If you’re wanting the strong stuff, Fire Whisky is the way to go. Cinnamon in flavor, you can order this one in single or double-shot form or get it as a mixed drink. No matter what, it goes down smooth and gives you the liquid courage you’ll need to brave Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Skiving Snackbox – Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Next time you’re looking to get out of a meeting or class, Fred and George have you covered. The set includes:

  • Fainting Fancies: sugary citrus gummies
  • Nosebleed Nougat: milk chocolate-covered marshmallow with pistachios
  • Fever Fudge: vanilla fudge with spicy, hot jelly beans
  • Puking Pastilles: sticky green and purple sweets

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Sugar Quills – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

Sugary, lollipop-like quills that actually write, these come in a variety of flavors. Practice the art of sucking on them thoughtfully while pondering your next revelation of a sentence.

Beyond Butterbeer: 15 Treats Unique To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Pumpkin Pasties – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

You know you’ve been wanting to try Pumpkin Pasties, one of Harry’s first wizarding treats. Baked pastries filled with saccharine goodness, these are essential for any fan of pumpkin flavored anything.

As you can see, you will have no trouble finding a feast of fun food and drinks to try at Diagon Alley. Boy are your Muggle friends going to be jealous.

In the comments below, tell us which wizarding world treats you recommend at Diagon Alley.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

New Holiday Entertainment Including Christmas At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

New Holiday Entertainment Including Christmas At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Since 2010, you’ve been able to step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and become a part of the iconic moments from the books and films.

For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will transform for the most wonderful time of year – Christmas.

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Festive garland décor, each with its own unique detail, will complement the shops and architecture. These fantastic textures will surround you as you wander the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

You’ll also be able to enjoy new holiday food, drink and entertainment throughout both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

The Christmas celebration will crescendo nightly as a festive spell will be cast onto Hogwarts castle, cascading it in décor, candlelight and festive moments inspired by the films. Using the latest in mapped projection technology, Hogwarts Castle will transform itself into a yuletide display, gifting fans with an amazing, new view.

The holidays have always been a special time for Hogwarts students. And Universal is going to capture that same spirit, allowing you to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter like never before.

And that’s not all.

This year, Universal is introducing the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment. You’ll enjoy newly designed floats, festive balloons and your favorite Universal characters in Universal Studios Florida.

Santa Claus is going to have his hands full as the Minions bring merry and mayhem to the parade, along with Dreamworks characters from Madagascar and Shrek.

All of these holiday experiences will run daily starting Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018.

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