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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.

Just Announced: Film Talent at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Take part in all-new experiences as well as returning fan favorites such as film talent Q&A sessions, special panels and demonstrations, A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo, and more.

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Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders, then ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and other thrilling attractions. With your park-to-park admission, you can even ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express.

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A Celebration of Harry Potter is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.


Top 10 Family Travel Tips For Planning An Epic Universal Orlando Vacation

Going on vacation to Universal Orlando Resort can be fun, but there is also a lot to keep track of. To help cut back the stress and amp up the fun, we’ve compiled some of our top family travel tips.

1. Download the FREE Official Universal Orlando Resort mobile app: This app will help you navigate both theme parks, check attraction wait times, parade show times and more. 

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2. Know before you go: Check out our online Vacation Planner. You can completely customize your vacation and access experiential videos, travel tips, sample itineraries, vacation packages and more.

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3. Get Park-to-Park Tickets: The best way to experience all the excitement is with a multi-day, park-to-park ticket. The more days you add, the more you save.

4. Go Against The Flow: If you arrive early to the parks, start in the back and work your way to the front to avoid the morning traffic jams at attractions closest to the entrance of the parks.

5. Stay On-Site: When you stay at one of our four on-site hotels, you’ll be within walking distance to both theme parks and Universal CityWalk. Plus, you’ll get special exclusive benefits including early-park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens, poolside movies and more.

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6. Skip The Regular Lines: If you add Universal Express to your ticket, you can bypass regular lines atparticipating rides and attractions in both theme parks. And if you stay on-site at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort or Hard Rock Hotel, you’ll receive complimentary Universal Express access for the duration of your stay.

7. Start early at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: If you are a Harry Potter fan, come to the park when it opens and head to either The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (at Universal Studios) or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade (at Universal’s Islands of Adventure) first.

The lines tend to get longer as the day goes on. Once you have had a chance to experience one of the lands, you can then journey to the other on the Hogwarts Express (with park-to-park admission).

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8. Use Child Swap: If your kids are too small or unwilling to go on a particular ride you want to experience, take advantage of our “child swap” program. Each ride and attraction has a Child Swap area where one member of your party can wait with the kids while the rest of your party rides. Once you’re off the ride, swap places and whoever stayed with the kids hops to the front of the line.

9. Simplify Meals with the Universal Dining Plan: You can pre-purchase one of four dining options at a great value and take the stress away from planning out your family meals. Once you’ve purchased a dining plan, all you have to do is select a venue at the theme parks or Universal CityWalk, present your dining plan card for payment and enjoy! Reservations for full service dining locations are recommended.

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10. Stay Cool: Beat the heat on exciting water rides and water play areas. From Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls to Jurassic Park River Adventure to water-filled fun in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, we make cooling off a fun adventure of its own. Capture

What are some your favorite family travel tips?


A Celebration of Harry Potter Begins This Weekend

Calling all wizards and muggles! It’s time for the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter,”  where fans from around the world come together to celebrate Harry Potter’s adventures!

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Hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros., this weekend’s three-day event will allow fans to enjoy incredible experiences from Q&A sessions with some of their favorite Harry Potter film talent to exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more.

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The event will include unforgettable experiences, such as:

  • Q&A sessions with film talent and other special guests, including Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
  • A special opening event on Friday evening starring the Harry Potter film talent, MinaLima, and award-winning artist Kazu Kibuishi and more.
  • A live duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris
  • A live demonstration with award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who will be drawing some of the Harry Potter characters on stage in this interactive panel hosted by Scholastic.
  • A look behind the scenes of the graphic props of the Harry Potter films with graphic designers, MinaLima
  •  “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo with unique and interactive exhibits from Warner Bros., Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, Harry Potter: The Exhibition and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, including the opportunity to try on the Sorting Hat
  • Special kids’ discussions and interactive experiences such as an exciting duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass with Paul Harris, an interactive ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia
  • Park guests can enjoy The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida plus the iconic Hogwarts Express that transports guests between the two lands if they have a park-to-park ticket
  • And more!

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Access to select events within “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included in regular admission to Universal Studios. Admission to panel events will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here’s a recent video of the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley to give you a sense of how magical the celebration will be!

 

To join the conversation, use #HPCelebration. For more information about the event and tickets, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Celebration.


Hot Butterbeer Now Available At Universal

You may have tried it cold, frozen, or even as an ice-cream flavor. Well, now you can grab a mug of hot Butterbeer throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Just in time for winter, this delicious new addition has the same alluring flavors of butterscotch and shortbread that have been so popular in the colder varieties. But the top-secret recipe has been fine-tuned just the right way to make it perfect as a hot treat.

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  • Leaky Cauldron
  • The Hopping Pot
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune

You’ll also find this tasty treat in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at:

  • Three Broomsticks
  • Hog’s Head Pub

So, how did we celebrate this awesome news? Some lucky guests visiting Leaky Cauldron and Three Broomsticks were surprised with complimentary cups of hot Butterbeer so they could taste the deliciousness themselves.

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Millions of Butterbeers have been sold each year since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened in June 2010. It’s a fan favorite, and it appears as a favorite drink in the Harry Potter books and films.

Come visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter so you can try a cup of hot Butterbeer, too!


It’s Time For ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’

Harry Potter film stars Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are slated to appear at the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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The event allows fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films. Creative talent also set to appear includes Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Kazu Kibuishi, illustrator of Scholastic’s re-imagined Harry Potter book covers, and Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 30 – February 1, 2015 at Universal Orlando. Fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A and autograph sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special discussions and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall set and celebrate their Hogwarts house pride in an interactive Pottermore exhibit.

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Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station.

Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando Resort park guests, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the discussions and demonstrations.

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“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” DISCUSSIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS”

Discussions and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special demonstrations and discussions for kids. Admission into discussions and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.

Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion
Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.

Duelling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris
Pick up your wand and take part in a live duelling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris. Paul choreographed the epic battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will be on hand to teach you the technique behind wielding a wand.

Creating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Alan Gilmore, Art Director for the Harry Potter films, will explain how he and his team brought the world of Harry Potter to life from the fiction to the films, and eventually in the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. In addition, hear firsthand from Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team how live shows in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were created, as well as some of the hidden “secrets” and innovative interactive elements contained within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as Graphic Prop Designers for more than a decade on the Harry Potter movies. They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet and The Quibbler, amongst others. Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their recent involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Illustration of Harry Potter with Kazu Kibuishi
Award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who reimagined the Harry Potter book covers for Scholastic, will be drawing some of your favorite Harry Potter characters live on-stage in this interactive panel for all ages.

This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ discussions and interactive experiences such as a special duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass with Paul Harris, an interactive ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.


Top 5 MUST DO’s At Universal Orlando’s New Diagon Alley

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With the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort,  we thought that we would share our, not to be missed, Top 5 Must Dos At Diagon Alley:

5.  Have a Meal at The Leaky Cauldron

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Not only is the Leaky Cauldron an iconic location from the books/films, it’s a great place to share a meal with your muggle/wizard friends and family!  We strongly suggest the Guinness stew!

4.  Cast A Spell With Your Interactive Wand

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Located throughout Diagon Alley (and also now in Hogsmeade) you can cast your own spell at certain spots and the buildings and decorations will actually animate!  You can purchase your interactive wands at Ollivander’s Wand Shop which is a must do in itself!

3.  Spend Time in Weasleys Wizard Wheezes

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Fred and George Weasleys’ colourful shop offers a cornucopia of magical jokes, tricks and toys including Pygmy Puffs, U-No-Poo, Skiving Snackboxes, and more.  make sure you take time to look at all the details located within Weasleys’ – it’s remarkable!

2.  Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour 

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Are you a fan of Butterbeer?  if so, you will really enjoy the ice cream version.  You may also try any of the other incredible flavors of frozen perfection like clotted cream, earl grey and lavender, and even chocolate chili.  There are also more traditional flavors as well as some continental breakfast items.

1.  Harry Potter and  the Escape from Gringotts

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Once you enter Gringotts bank (under the massive fire-breathing dragon) you meet with several of the Gringotts tellers who usher into the most breath-taking 3D ride we have ever been on.  It was incredible in the movie and even better at Universal Orlando Resort!

Honorable Mention – Ride The Hogwarts Express

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If you have a Park-to-Park admission ticket, you can pass through Platform 9 ¾ and board the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross Station in London, located inside Universal Studios Florida theme park, and travel to Hogsmeade Station, located inside Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park (right next door to Universal Studios). Or you can ride the train in the other direction! It’s truly an amazing experience.

Those are our Top 5, we would love to hear yours!


Universal Orlando Resort Celebrates One Year Anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Universal Orlando Resort celebrates the one-year anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Saturday, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of the most spectacularly themed entertainment environment – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where the wonder, excitement and adventures of the Harry Potter books and films come to life.

Universal Orlando commemorated the anniversary at 9:23 a.m. – the exact time The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on June 18, 2010.  After taking part in a countdown led by the Hogwarts Express conductor, guests and team members celebrated in the streets of Hogsmeade while “snow” confetti and gold streamers fell from the sky.  Guests also enjoyed complimentary Butterbeer, cauldron cakes and Chocolate Frogs.

“We’re so excited to celebrate this milestone with our guests,” said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort.  “It’s been an incredible year for us and our guests, and we look forward to creating more exciting memories with them in the years to come.”

Universal Orlando is also creating a virtual celebration by launching today a new “Share Your Story” tab on its official Facebook page.  The all-new tab gives fans the opportunity to interact with one another and share favorite memories and photos from their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – whether it’s tasting Butterbeer for the first time, watching their daughter as she’s selected by the perfect wand or soaring above Hogwarts with their family.

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