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My Favorite Things at the Universal Orlando Theme Parks!

 

Last week I shared that on our most recent company event I had the incredible opportunity to experience the Universal Orlando Resort for my very first time! In last weeks post I detailed what the experience was like and everything that I had the chance to do in the resort and parks during my time there.

Last week’s post:

My First Time at Universal Studios Orlando!

 

This week I wanted to get more personal and share what my top 3 favorite things were from the Universal Orlando Resort! Let the list begin!

 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon was the very first Universal Ride I experienced inside Universal Studios Florida! I enjoyed this ride so much that it made my highlights list! Something that really struck me about this experience was actually the wait before you board the attraction. Instead of standing in your average queue forming a winding line like most rides, here the process is completely different. Soon into your wait your party gets handed a card with a color group on it. You then head upstairs to what is set up as the Tonight Show stage. Here you will find lots of displays to look at and nice seating areas to go relax. It is one big open space where you can explore or simply just sit down. Then when they call your color group you make your way to the ride entrance and are inside the attraction in minutes. This was really neat to see! My favorite part of the waiting area was the stage where live acts would come out and perform for everyone! While we were there the entertainment was a barbershop quartet that did covers of many modern day pop songs! They were so entertaining! Everyone in the room was having such a great time. You would never know we were really all waiting in “line” Here at this ride the waiting is part of the actually attraction!

 

 

 

Diagon Alley

 

Another highlight from inside Universal Studios Florida for me was exploring Diagon Alley! Diagon Alley is part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. At Universal Orlando the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is actually built in two locations. There is a Harry Potter section in both Universal Studios and in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios is home to Diagon Alley and Islands of Adventure holds the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. Out west in Universal Studios Hollywood they also have the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. I have been out to Universal Studios Hollywood before so I was already familiar with Hogsmeade. But Diagon Alley, which can only be found in Universal Studios Florida was entirely new for me. if you read my post from last week about my full experience visiting Universal, then you will know that the day I visited the parks was the night of a Halloween Horror Nights. This meant Universal Studios closed early in preparation for the event that night. By the time I got into Diagon Alley the park had just closed so I wasn’t able to ride anything or go in any shops but as the park was clearing out, I was able to walk around Diagon Alley and see everything! This is something that I have always wanted to do! I am a big fan of Harry Potter so I appreciated getting to see all of the details and references there were from the movies!

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

Once Universal Studios closed for the night we used our park-to-park ticket and made our way over to Islands of Adventure to spend the rest of the evening. It was there that I had my next highlight, getting to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. As I said earlier, Universal’s Islands of Adventure park is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. Hogsmeade was very similar to the Hogsmeade found out in Universal Studios Hollywood that I had recently been to and it felt so good to see it again and enjoy another butter beer! But on this Hogsmeade visit I had my next highlight. Something I didn’t have time to do during my visit out in California, I got to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey! This is the main attraction in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It was spectacular! I loved everything about this experience. The queue line for this attraction is actually inside of the Hogwarts castle! I felt like I had stepped inside of the movie! Similar to the Jimmy Fallon attraction, I found I did not mind the wait because there was so much to look at! Most notably – the talking portraits on the castle walls! They keep you very entertained while in line. The ride itself was very immersive. You feel as though you are flying on a broom alongside Harry Potter. This ride is part simulator and part roller coaster track. There are many exciting dips and turns. It is a great thrill!

 

 

 

These were just a few of my top highlights I got to enjoy on my quick visit to Universal Orlando. I am already so eager to get back! I know that my list will keep growing and growing as I experience all of the great attractions and rides these parks have to offer.

 

 

I learned on this visit to the Universal Orlando Resort how incredible this destination truly is. There is something for everyone here! From the gorgeous Universal Resort Hotels to the thrills and theming in the amazing parks – it all adds up to one incredible vacation. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

 

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle – NEW Limited-Time Show at Universal Orlando!

 

There is a brand new limited-time show now showing at Universal the Universal Orlando Resort! If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a show you are not going to want to miss! On September 14, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle premiered! In this incredible new projection show guests will experience an exciting new display of magic in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade! This ominous new spectacle of music, lights, and special effects.

 

On select nights now through November 15, the Hogwarts castle will illuminate with images from the darker side of the Wizarding World. Guests will be encouraged to summon their inner strength to bravely face the all-consuming Dark Arts and even the visage of the powerful Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort.

 

Dementors, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures. Creatures including Aragog, Mountain Trolls, Thestrals and more will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic, until the Patronus spell. The Patronus spell is one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the Wizarding World. If you are a Harry Potter fan then you have to experience Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – Grand Opening

 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the amazing new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade – is Now Officially Open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure! On your visit to Universal you can now experience all the mysteries and thrills of the Forbidden Forest and join Hagrid as you come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s most rare magical creatures! This brand-new attraction is highly-themed! It is an incredibly immersive coaster experience!

Here is the excitement that happened during the open ceremony:

The ride’s opening was hosted by stars from the Harry Potter movies! Thats right! To open the attraction, Harry Potter film stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) led guests in reciting the iconic spell, “Wingardium Leviosa” in unison, to reveal the entrance of the new attraction and welcome guests inside!

 

 

Here are just a few of the reasons to be excited for this first-ever “story coaster,” :

  • Board magical motorbikes – You can enjoy two differnt ride experiences, riding on either the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar!
  • Journey to the Forbidden Forest, featuring more than 1,200 trees
  • Come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s most rare magical creatures! Creatures such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog, and even Blast-Ended Skrewts – a creature that’s never been seen in the films!
  • Encounter Hagrid himself! The most life-like animated figure Universal Orlando has ever created!
  • Find yourself tangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and unexpectedly free-fall nearly 17 feet to escape the perilous plant!
  • Experience the freedom of flight as you soar above the trees, rapidly accelerate through the ruins, speed forward – and backward – up to 50 mph and more!

7 Details about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

It’s official! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure has officially opened this week at the Universal Orlando Resort! This coaster is the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. This is not your average roller coaster! It is a completely immersive ride experience! So much so that Universal has even called this attraction a “story coaster.” As you ride the coaster you feel you are placed right in the middle of the Harry Potter story! To get you even more excited for this brand new Universal ride, here are 7 details about the ground-breaking coaster technology and all-new environments you will be able to experience on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure!

 

  1. Adventure Beyond the Grounds of Hogwart’s Castle

Guests will journey to the edge of the Forbidden Forest and enter ruins that have seemingly been abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut! These ruins were imagined and created by Universal Creative in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore! Universal made sure that every detail fit perfectly into the storyline! It is in this setting where your Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid will begin!

 

 

  1. Brand New Environments and Sets

Inside the ruins, you will see materials from Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where he kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts in a terrarium before they outgrew the chamber. Here you will also experience a pre-show featuring digital projection technology and special effects. In the show you will encounter Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang. However like any good story your experience doesn’t stop there! Once you board your motorbike, you will plunge deeper into the Forbidden Forest and closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures!

 

 

  1. Most Launches of any Coaster in the WORLD! 7 Launches in Total!

Guest will launch up to 50 miles per hour through the Forbidden Forest, past the ruins and more! This ride is truly a technological first!

 

 

  1. The first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop – dropping you nearly 17 feet!

Get ready! You will be dropping quite a distance! Nearly 17 feet!!

 

 

  1. The longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet)

Your adventure into the Forbidden Forest is bound to be an exciting one! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for creatures and mischief around every turn of the track!

 

 

  1. 2 Riding options!

Enchanted motorbikes will take you on an adventure through the Forbidden Forest – and you can ride the motorcycle like Hagrid or board the adjacent sidecar like Harry Potter! This is incredible for re-riding the attraction! It can be a new experience each time!

 

 

  1. This “story coaster” will catapult you 65 feet in the air at a more than 70-degree angle…then drop you backward in one movement!

Be sure to hold on tight and trust Hagrid to get you through your journey!

 

 

We are so excited to experience this brand-new attraction at Universal Orlando! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit!

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!

Exciting New Details Announced for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – Coming June 13th to Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure! 

 

Recently the Universal Orlando Resort made the exciting announcement that a brand-new attraction will soon be added to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! This thrilling new coaster will be called, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! This new ride will open on June 13, 2019 in Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This past week Universal shared more details on this incredible new ride! They did so with the help of two very special guests, Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, and Alan Gilmore, Art Director for the Harry Potter films. Tom Felton and Alan Gilmore joined together to share exciting details about this brand-new adventure that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to go on! Here is an overview of what we can look forward to:

 

Your adventure starts when you join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and then board magical motorbikes specially designed to make you feel the freedom of flight! During your journey, you can either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar, just like the sidecar Harry Potter rode in alongside Hagrid! These two ride options will provide two very unique experiences! You can re-ride this attraction again and it can feel like a whole other experience! During the ride, you will soar through the Forbidden Forest and come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures… but be warned! In true Hagrid fashion, things don’t go as planned and your adventure takes a thrilling twist!

 

 

  • This brand-new ride mixes a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with detailed environments and sets! One of these sets features an actual forest with 1,200 live trees!
  • Guests will enjoy a freewheeling coaster flight where they will twist, turn and speed forward and backward, at speeds of up to 50 mph into the dark forest!
  • On the journey guests will encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures! These creatures include a majestic Centaur; a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies; Fluffy the three-headed dog; and even a creature that has never been seen in the films!
  • Guests will rush past challenging obstacles, drop into an endless pit of Devil’s Snare and so much more, all while encountering a couple of surprises along the way!

 

This new adventure begins June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure! This attraction will be unlike anything else! We can’t wait to see how Universal is using this incredible creative technology to take guests on the ride of their life!

 

 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens just in time for summer! Now is the perfect time to plan your summer vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort to experience this brand-new attraction along with all the other excitement Universal has to offer! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to start planning!

 

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!

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.

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.


The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

This week Travel With Rick takes us to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade to see all the magic and mystery of this amazing land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure!

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!


Fun, New Facts About the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

You can imagine the excitement when a few months after grand opening, Disney shared some new stats about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Check out these golden nuggets…or shall I say Galleons!

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Number of bricks in the entrance to Diagon Alley: 7,456 bricks – and together, the bricks weigh more than 37,000 pounds!

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Number of times the Gringotts dragon has breathed fire: The Ukrainian Ironbelly has breathed fire more than 15,000 times since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley officially opened.

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Temperature of the dragon’s fire: 3,560 degrees Fahrenheit (1,960 degrees Celsius). That’s more than 16 times hotter than boiling water!

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Number of crystals in the chandeliers within the lobby of Gringotts bank: The four chandeliers include nearly 62,000 crystals.

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Number of mythical creature species inside the Magical Menagerie: 13 different types of creatures, including Kneazles (like the one in the photo), Demiguises and Graphorns.

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Number of passengers who travelled aboard the Hogwarts Express: More than 5 million guests have travelled aboard the Hogwarts Express since Diagon Alley officially opened.

What’s your favorite memory to date from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley?


 

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.


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