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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.

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.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure With Travel with Rick

This week we spend a day with Rick at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, Marvel Super Hero Island, Jurassic Park and finish up at Seuss Landing!


Create Your Own Moving Photographs At Diagon Alley

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley brings even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort. The new area includes a towering dragon that breathes fire, the new mind-blowing ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, and incredible shops like Shutterbutton’s. Visitors can now step inside this photography studio and enjoy creating their own moving photographs.

The main entrance to Shutterbutton’s is located in Carkitt Market nestled in the back of the same building as Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Quality Quidditch Supplies.

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Against a special background, Shutterbutton photographers guide guests through 12 iconic scenes from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Guests can star in lots of photo moments that recreate highlights from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter like riding the Hogwarts Express, cowering from the fire-breathing dragon atop Gringotts bank, and getting scared by one of your friends as they appear on a “Have You Seen This Wizard?” poster.

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The entire process takes about 15 – 20 minutes and you’ll get your very own DVD photo album in a collectible Shutterbutton’s tin. Shutterbutton’s should definitely be on your “must-do” list when visiting Diagon Alley.

Check out a few of the scenes that’ll be included in your DVD photo album in the sample below.


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.


2nd Annual “Celebration of Harry Potter” Announced

We have some exciting Harry Potter news to share with you today! Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will be hosting the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event from January 30 to February 1, 2015.

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Park guests were so thrilled by “A Celebration of Harry Potter” last year that Universal Orlando has decided to host another fun-filled opportunity for fans. This special event celebrates the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter as fans from around the world join together at Universal Orlando Resort for three days of everything Potter.

All general admission park guests will have the chance to experience the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent, visit the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and much more!

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For all the super fans out there, a limited number of exclusive event vacation packages—including annual passholder packages.  These packages offer hotel accommodations, theme park tickets, and exclusive benefits including:

Last year, these packages sold out within days, so if you want to be in the center of this celebration, so buy your general admission theme park tickets for those dates now!

Look forward to seeing you in January for this unforgettable event experience!


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