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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.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay is going to be jam packed with amazing thrills and heart-pounding water slides. And thanks to the TapuTapu wearable, you’ll be able to virtually wait in line for these incredible attractions. This means you’ll have more time to kick off your flip flops, sit back in your padded lounger and take in the soothing island breeze.

Here are seven ways to rejuvenate and unwind in our tropical paradise.

1. Sandy Beaches

Imagine warm sand sinking between your toes while you gaze out at crystal clear waters. This vacation dream becomes a reality at Waturi Beach, where you can relax by the waves of a sparkling lagoon that sits at the base of the mighty Krakatau. You can find Waturi Beach in Wave Village, the first of three villages you’ll encounter at Volcano Bay.

2. Tropical Beverages

Unwind with refreshing tropical cocktails and frozen drinks inspired by fruity island flavors. Try one of our favorites, POG, a non-alcoholic blend of passion fruit, orange and guava juices. Adults can sip on our Toasted Coconut Pineapple beverage, a delicious mix of toasted coconut rum and fresh pineapple juice.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

3. Premium Seating

Leave your beach chairs at home and reserve one pair of padded loungers instead.* With premium seating around the park, just pick the location of your seat, sit back and soak in your vacation.

This private space includes one pair of padded loungers, an adjustable umbrella and built-in locker storage – which makes it a perfect place to keep your things when you want to take a dip in the crystal waters of Waturi Beach.

4. Private Cabanas

Escape to your own private paradise and rent a cabana for the day.* With options like single units with seating for up to six, or family units, with seating for up to sixteen, there are plenty of options.

Cabanas come with concierge service with exclusive menu options, a fruit and snack basket, a small refrigerator pre-stocked with bottled water, complimentary locker and towel service and more.

5. Island Cuisine

Take a break from the slides to enjoy our unique island-inspired food. There are over 60 options to choose from, including our Pulled Chicken Mole Taco, Poke Poke Bowl or Jerked Mahi Sandwich. Treat yourself to dessert with Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake or Guava Tapioca Pudding.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

6. Winding Rivers

At Volcano Bay, it’s okay to be lazy – and at the Kopiko Wai Winding River, you can do just that. Take a slow ride through the tropical landscape, journey beneath the lava rocks and venture to Stargazer’s Cavern to reveal the magical night sky above. Located at the River Village, this is something fun for Waturi of all ages.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

7. Leisure Pools

Make sure to check out the Puka Uli Lagoon in the Rainforest Village. In this leisure pool, you can relax while your little ones enjoy fun features like bongo drums and spraying water.

Watch the bravest Waturi take on the Ko’okiri Body Plunge from the comfort of The Reef, a peaceful leisure pool in the Wave Village. A clear plexi tube shoots straight through this 5.5-foot-deep pool, which features its own private waterfall perfect for frolicking.

Volcano Bay is the perfect mix of fun and rejuvenation. How do you plan to relax at Volcano Bay? Tell us in the comments below.

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.

Now Open: “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Now Open: “race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

The wait is over – “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is officially open at Universal Studios Florida.

You can now experience New York like never before. Board the unique “flying studio audience” and it’s you versus Jimmy as you speed down The Tonight Show’s hallways and through the busy streets of midtown Manhattan.

 

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade with tons of confetti, a spectacular float and beloved Universal Orlando Resort characters. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction – and a ribbon cutting with larger-than-life scissors you have to see to believe.

Other special guests included Tonight Show house band – The Roots, Tonight Show announcer – Steve Higgins, the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, your favorite Tonight Show mascot Hashtag the Panda and even Stepdad Gary from the popular “Ew!” sketch.

Now Open: “race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Your Race Through New York experience begins the moment you step inside. With two interactive pre-show areas jam packed with entertainment, “waiting” to race Jimmy has never been more fun.

You can check out over 60 years’ worth of The Tonight Show memorabilia and play games or send “Thank You” notes from interactive desks. You’ll also be able to catch live performances of the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet and The Tonight Show’s mascot Hashtag the Panda.

Now Open: “race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” also features our new Virtual Line. All you need to do is download The Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App and select your return time on the day of your visit. You’ll be able to enjoy the other attractions throughout Universal Studios at your leisure until it’s time for your Tonight Show experience to begin. You may also select your ride time at the kiosks located in front of the attraction.

Once your ride time comes and you’re inside the attraction, you’ll receive a Peacock Card. Hold on to this card because when your color is called throughout the interactive pre-show areas, it’s time for you to race against Jimmy.

Breaking News: Talent Line-up Announced For This Year’s Rock The Universe

Breaking News: Talent Line-up Announced For This Year’s Rock The Universe

Universal Orlando Resort is the only place where you can Rock the Universe – and this Fall, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival is back.

On Sept. 8 and 9, Rock the Universe will bring a weekend of faith and worship to Universal Studios Florida once again.

You can enjoy performances by some of Christian music’s most compelling artists like Chris Tomlin and Casting Crowns.  Plus, you can enjoy some of Universal Studios’ thrilling attractions like Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and more in-between sets.

With a 3-Park Rock Your Weekend ticket, you can visit all three of our amazing theme parks throughout the weekend – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the all-new water theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay.

This year’s roster of GRAMMY, Dove, and Billboard award-winning acts include:

Breaking News: Talent Line-up Announced For This Year’s Rock The Universe

The Coca-Cola Fan Zone returns again this year with unique experiences found nowhere else at the event. Attend autograph sessions with opportunities to interact with your favorite artists. See additional live performances from some of Christian music’s hottest talent such as Steve Malcolm. Hollyn, Kolby Koloff and more. Plus, Electronic Dance Music spins each night with GWAVI and DJ Promote.

And finally, you can also join Saturday night’s candle lighting ceremony and share this meaningful experience with your family, friends and fellow concert goers.

Soon, groups of 10 or more will be able to book the Rock Your Weekend Group Getaway vacation package. This package includes 2-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, 2-Park Rock Your Weekend Base tickets and more.

Tickets for this event will go on-sale soon. Stay tuned to the blog for updates on this year’s Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort.

Unique Island-inspired Food Coming To Volcano Bay At Universal Orlando Resort

Unique Island-inspired Food Coming To Volcano Bay At Universal Orlando Resort

From the start, the award-winning culinary team, led by Corporate Executive Chef Steven Jayson, was excited to elevate the food and beverage experience at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort.

From the minute you arrive in the morning until well into the night, you’ll have more than 60 delicious options to choose from, from snacks to entrees to desserts.

Here’s a sneak peek at just a few.

 

When you’re here, you (and your taste buds) will enjoy a wide range of island-inspired dishes, all inspired by the flavors of the South Pacific. What suits your tastes? Try a Poke Poke Bowl or Mango BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich or Island Chicken Salad. Plus—for the grownups—you can enhance your relaxation experience and sip on refreshing signature cocktails and beer while you lounge by the water.

Unique Island-inspired Food Coming To Volcano Bay At Universal Orlando Resort

There’s no denying how delicious the slowly-smoked glazed Hawaiian Ribs with boniato mash and sweet plantains is. One of my personal favorites is the Coconut Curry Chicken made with braised chicken, green coconut curry sauce, white rice, coconut and cilantro with sweet plantains. And our specialty burgers are sure to fill up for a day of thrills and relaxation.

Unique Island-inspired Food Coming To Volcano Bay At Universal Orlando Resort

If you’re not already hungry enough, here’s a sneak peak at some of these dishes. You’ll be able to enjoy everything at Universal’s Volcano Bay when it grand opens on May 25.

New Universal Orlando Youth Program Turns Theme Parks Into Interactive Learning Experiences

New Universal Orlando Youth Program Turns Theme Parks Into Interactive Learning Experiences

What happens when you take your physics textbook and turn it into a roller coaster?

Enter Your Classroom in Motion: A STEAM App Series, the latest Universal Orlando Youth Program.

Several programs make up this new series. Each one is unique and contains three parts:

  • Content-rich, pre-visit classroom lessons
  • Career-focused videos from NBC Learn
  • Thrilling in-park attraction and app-based experiences here at Universal Orlando Resort

And great news for teachers—the lessons all correlate with middle school and high school national and state education standards in STEAM concepts.

(STEAM is an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide learning.)

As a former educator, I know that when students are having fun with their work, learning is a natural outcome. To make the most of that, the series consists of the follow learning modules:

  • Transformers ROLL Out
    Learn about the engineering principles of the 6 Degrees of Freedom. Then, reconstruct the ride vehicle’s motion sequences on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Science
    Work in small groups to collect data and measure speed at different points along the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. Then, use the data to prove the law of conservation of energy.
  • Kongtrol Panel
    Use engineering principles to maneuver the ride vehicle around Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • Mummy Dig Site Detective
    Use scientific observation to investigate curious discoveries at the dig site beneath Revenge of the Mummy.
  • Jurassic Paleobotany
    Search for foliage in Jurassic Park using a digital map to collect photographic samples of Jurassic-era plants.

Your Classroom In Motion uses innovative software – exclusive to groups participating in the program – to give students hands-on learning lessons throughout Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks.

For students who love the performing arts, we also enhanced our existing workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley. This energetic workshop gives students the chance to experience a day in the life of a working movie musician.

Band, choir or orchestra students can now sync music or choral arrangements and create sound effects and voiceovers to Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me and The Lorax.

Universal Orlando Resort is always ready to take students beyond the classroom and bring education to life.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for more information.

From Italian Luxury to Retro Fun, Universal Orlando Resort Has It All

At Universal Orlando Resort, there are many hotels & resorts to choose from that will perfectly fit you and your family’s needs!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach ResortDive into non-stop fun at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Float along the lazy river by day and check out the retro bowling alley at night. Enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for family-sized fun. Relax and play, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s.

portofino-bay-recreation-300x176Indulge in elegance at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Unwind at Mandara Spa, then enjoy dinner at any of their chic Italian restaurants. Enjoy the best of European elegance and Old World hospitality. Inspired by the picturesque Mediterranean seaside resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a romantic getaway reminiscent of sunny days on the Italian Riviera.

Hard Rock HotelVacation like a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel. Chill in the 12,000 sq. ft. pool and make appearances at their legendary lounges and restaurants. The sweeping California mission-style design—inspired by classic rock music—welcomes you to escape to a sensational world with a palm-lined swimming pool featuring underwater music, incredible rock memorabilia and exceptional entertainment—including famous names live in concert.

Loews Royal Pacific ResortEnjoy a tropical escape at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Bask in the sun beside the lagoon-style pool before exploring their innovative cuisines. Day and night, delectable, innovative culinary creations welcome you to savor one-of-a-kind dining adventures. And on special nights, fun blazes to life with a classic luau celebration of aloha.

Loews Sapphire Falls ResortNow open, the Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Transport to a cool paradise where blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds, and in the distance, the calming sounds of steel drums call guests to take in the scenic water views, ease into ‘island time’ and let go. Guests will be surrounded by a vivid, textured haven that is inspired by landmarks of the islands.

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” In Limited Previews

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” In Limited Previews

The wait is almost over! “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” has begun its technical rehearsal at Universal Studios Florida. If you’re visiting the park sometime soon, you may have the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the attraction before it officially opens on April 6.

You may have some questions about what technical rehearsal means. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

  • What is a technical rehearsal?
    Technical rehearsal is a time for us to offer a limited number of guests the opportunity to preview our newest attraction as we put the finishing touches in preparation for its official opening.
  • What can I expect during technical rehearsal?
    During technical rehearsal, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will open on a limited, unscheduled basis. Also, some of its elements may not be operational as we continue to test and refine everything.
  • What are operating hours for “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” during technical rehearsal?
    Operating hours will not be set in advance and will vary as the attraction opens on a limited, unscheduled basis.
  • Is Virtual Line available during technical rehearsal?
    Since the attraction is in technical rehearsal, Virtual Line and other attraction elements may or may not be available. If Virtual Line is available, you’ll be able to access it through the Universal Orlando Mobile App or the kiosks located in front of the attraction. If Virtual Line is not available, you’ll proceed either directly into the attraction or into the standby line, if available. Virtual Line allows you to enjoy other areas of Universal Studios Florida as they await their ride time for “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
  • Do I need a colored peacock feather card in order to move through the experience if I’ve already waited in the Virtual Line?
    Yes, the colored peacock feather card is designed to move guests through the interactive pre-show area once they enter the attraction. In the interactive pre-show area, you’ll be able to explore the interactive elements and entertainment, including:

    • Real props and set pieces from The Tonight Show in the memorabilia hall
    • A special live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet in the Studio 6B Club
    • Meet and greet with The Tonight Show’s beloved mascot, Hashtag the Panda
    • Interactive Desks where you can prep for their race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, watch your favorite show clips and more

*Universal Express access is not valid during technical rehearsal

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” In Limited Previews

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will give you the ultimate “Tonight Show” experience as you get up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on a wild and action-packed race through New York City against Jimmy Fallon himself.

Stay tuned to for updates – including more details on The Tonight Show as it takes its show to Universal Orlando Resort from April 3-6 to celebrate the ride’s grand opening. (Space will be limited.)

If you have a chance to check it out during technical rehearsal, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Update: Universal’s Volcano Bay

As we announced in this post from November, Universal Orlando Resort is opening a first-of-its-kind water theme park – Universal’s Volcano Bay! The park is set to open in early Summer, but here is another video sneak peek about what’s to come!

Tickets are already available for purchase, and we are eagerly awaiting the opening! Call your travel agent today or visit us online!

Everything You Need To Know About Mardi Gras At Universal Orlando Resort

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12 amazing concerts. 12 parade floats with over a million beads. Tons of mouth-watering Cajun food. You’ve got 50 nights to join us for this year’s biggest party — Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort.

The party hits the streets of Universal Studios Florida on Feb. 4 through March 25. Did I mention the parade is every night? As if that isn’t reason enough, check out your complete event guide to Mardi Gras below.

Share your party with #UniversalMardiGras on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram when you visit to share your excitement.

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How To Prepare For A Celebration Of Harry Potter At Universal Orlando Resort

If you’re a wannabe wizard, you’re probably counting down the days until the fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter taking place January 27–29, 2017, at Universal Orlando Resort.

In case you missed it, the first wave of Harry Potter film talent attending the event including, Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) have been announced. Even more talent will be announced on a later date so keep checking for all the latest news.

In the meantime, we thought we would share some insider tips with you so you can get the most out of the magical celebration.

Tip #1 Get Fitted For Your Robe
My favorite thing about this event is seeing all the different cosplay outfits. Harry Potter fans are not afraid to get creative and I always look forward to admiring all the fun DIY cosplay outfits people make at home. Need inspiration? Re-watch the Harry Potter films and pick your favorite character or scene to recreate.

If you’re local, head over to Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and get fitted for your Hogwarts school uniforms.

Whatever you do, don’t leave your wardrobe to the last minute!

Tip #2 Have A Game Plan
Know what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. This year’s Harry Potter Expo is more than double the size of last year’s event and there are a TON of new things to check out.

Make sure you plan out your time strategically so you can experience each and every booth at the expo as well as attend all the panels and demonstrations. Stay tuned for the full schedule of events, including timing and locations, which will be announced in early January.

Tip #3 Buy Your Package Early
If you want to experience everything the event has to offer, you’ll want to grab a vacation package. We’ve already sold out of one of our packages, so grab one while you can. The Celebration Vacation Package is awesome. It gives you special guest access at the panels and demonstrations AND an exclusive talent Q&A panel just for package guests.

Tip #4 Stay Hydrated
This event spans both Universal Orlando theme parks. That means some walking (or a ride on Hogwarts Express!) and a lot of excitement. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.

We suggest you head over to the beverage cart and pick up a Pumpkin Juice. That way, you can throw it in your Hogwarts tote bag and take a sip whenever you need a pick-me-up. The bottle is also reusable so you can refill it with water at the fountains.

What are your tips for attending A Celebration of Harry Potter? Post a comment below.

Celebrate The New Year At Universal Orlando Resort

The year is coming to a close, and we’re ringing in the New Year with EVE – the best party in Orlando only at Universal Orlando Resort!

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Dance the night away with us Dec. 31 on Orlando’s largest outdoor dancefloor. Don’t miss out on unlimited gourmet cuisine and epic entertainment. And there’s even more…

  • Access to six Universal CityWalk clubs and venues, including Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, Pat O’Brien’s, the groove, Rising Star and Red Coconut Club with music from DJs and live entertainment
  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine including beef tenderloin and fresh seafood, assorted desserts and more
  • Wearable tech LED wristbands presented by Coca-Cola that sync to today’s hottest music for a complete party experience
  • Midnight champagne toast
  • Confetti bursts and dazzling pyrotechnics show

Want even more? Upgrade to VIP for private viewing areas throughout CityWalk, an exclusive VIP menu and VIP seating areas as well. Or usher in the New Year with a themed photo with My Universal Photos EVE.

EVE begins at 8pm and the party doesn’t stop until 2am. To join the celebration, grab your tickets and start planning your party outfit.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for more information.

The Secret Life Of Pets Is Now Performing Daily In Universal’s Superstar Parade

It’s time to bust a move as Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets joins Universal’s Superstar Parade with two new floats and a rockin’ musical performance at Universal Orlando Resort.

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The star characters from The Secret Life of Pets have brought New York City’s edgy urban vibe to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. Every day, you’ll be able to laugh at the hilarious antics of Max and his friends Duke, Leonard, Gidget, Chloe and more.

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These performers will flip, balance and rebound on the Central Park float to an upbeat soundtrack, while dancers whirl across the streets.

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Also, throughout the day you can meet your favorite pet characters as the floats and performers put on a special show and “meet and greet” in front of Mel’s Drive-In. Get your camera ready to snap a photo with your favorite pet and even talk to them as well!

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Universal’s Superstar Parade performs daily, so check the park map for parade times. Come check out new The Secret Life of Pets floats during your next visit.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Any fan of “The Tonight Show” knows to expect the unexpected when Jimmy Fallon is involved.

We’ve got all the details on what you’ll experience as you’re transported to The Big Apple when “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” opens at Universal Studios Florida next spring.

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Hang Out in Studio 6B
Arrive in the Studio 6B Club in style, and enjoy a live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, or check out some of the show’s classic bits, from History of Rap to Lip Sync Battle. You’ll also have the chance to meet and dance with the beloved “Tonight Show” mascot, Hashtag the Panda.

Ever dream of sending your own personalized “Tonight Show” Thank You Note? You’re in luck! You can play host at your own Interactive Desk in the Studio 6B Club. Here, you’ll be able to send Jimmy Fallon’s famous Thank You Notes to your friends and family, prep for your race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, and watch your favorite show clips.

Get Ready for a Wild Ride
After a briefing in the Studio 6B Lobby, you’ll board the world’s first-ever flying theater, which seats up to 72 audience members, for a rousing race alongside Jimmy Fallon through the greatest city in the world, New York.

From 30 Rock out into the streets (and the skies!) of The Big Apple, you and your fellow studio audience members will zoom past iconic New York City landmarks in an action-packed race with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Be sure to keep an eye out for cameos from familiar characters like Sara from “Ew,” Jimmy in “Tight Pants,” and “Tonight Show” announcer Steve Higgins. All the sweet sounds of New York will come to life with the help of the Grammy award-winning band, The Roots, the musical masterminds behind the original attraction score

Step into the History
As you step foot into the renowned NBC Studios, you’ll get a front row seat to witness the most significant moments in the history of NBC as you travel through the 62-year evolution of “The Tonight Show.”

Making your way through “The Tonight Show” lobby, you’ll also get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see real set pieces from one of the longest-running shows in television history. You’ll see everything from suits of past hosts, to iconic desk props, to NBC video cameras used to record the show, all surrounding a display honoring the current host, Jimmy Fallon.

For a behind the scenes look at how “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is shaping up, check out this video:

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