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November 17, 2018

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IS THE DESTINATION FOR AN AMAZING HOLIDAY CELEBRATION LIKE NO OTHER


Guests Can Create New Traditions and Put a Twist on their Holiday Celebrations with Thrilling Experiences across the Entire Destination - from Merry Festivities to the Maven of Mischief, The Grinch – and More

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2018) – Merry, mischief and thrills all combine as Universal Orlando Resort unwraps its annual Holidays celebration beginning November 17. It’s a holiday celebration unlike any other where guests can do everything from sip hot Butterbeer and witness “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” to meet the mean, green one himself, The Grinch – and more.
And – on New Year’s Eve this year - families can ring in 2019 at a rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration at Universal Studios Florida, while adults 21 and up can enjoy the upscale EVE celebration at Universal CityWalk.

See below for complete details on all of the ways guests can elevate their holidays at Universal Orlando Resort:

January 22, 2018

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND WARNER BROS. REVEAL REMAINING LINEUP OF EXPERIENCES COMING TO “A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” THIS WEEKEND


The Event Takes Place Jan. 26-28 and Will Feature Even More Magical Experiences, Including Q&A Sessions with Harry Potter Film Stars, New Immersive Displays at the Harry Potter Expo and more

Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2018) – “A Celebration of Harry Potter” kicks off this weekend at Universal Orlando Resort and will feature a variety of interactive and exciting experiences that will allow guests to celebrate their love for the stories from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. 

Today, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced the remaining lineup of experiences coming to the three-day fan event.

January 11, 2018

“THE NIGHTTIME LIGHTS AT HOGWARTS CASTLE” PROJECTION MAPPING EXPERIENCE COMING TO THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT


This Magical Transformation of Hogwarts Castle will Showcase the Four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Officially Debut on Wed., Jan 31 and Run Select Nights Throughout the Year  

Guests Can Preview the New Experience During “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018” on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28

Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2018) – Calling all Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs and Slytherins...
For the first time ever at Universal Orlando Resort, guests will be able to celebrate their Hogwarts house pride during an all-new, breathtaking experience – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle – debuting on Wed., Jan. 31 and running select nights throughout 2018. 

December 15, 2017

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND WARNER BROS.ANNOUNCE NATALIA TENA AS FINAL HARRY POTTER FILM STAR TO JOIN “A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” IN 2018


Today, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. revealed Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) as the final Harry Potter film star to join this year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” from January 26-28, 2018. She will attend the special event alongside previously announced film talent Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

October 9, 2017

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” Returns to Universal Orlando Resort from January 26-28, 2018 with Harry Potter Film Stars Stanislav Yanevski and James and Oliver Phelps

Special Event Packages On Sale Now - Available Here

Orlando, Fla. (October 9, 2017) – Today, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced the return of “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” on January 26-28, 2018. This ultimate fan event can only be experienced at Universal Orlando Resort and will feature an array of interactive and engaging experiences that will allow guests to celebrate their love for the stories from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

For the first time in event history, Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) will attend the special event and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside returning fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley). More talent will be announced at a later date.

August 30, 2017

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S ALL-NEW HOLIDAYS CELEBRATION BRINGS MORE EXPERIENCES THAN EVER BEFORE

Guests Can Enjoy an Epic Holiday Celebration, Featuring New Experiences like Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s and Beloved Classics like Grinchmas, Mannheim Steamroller Concerts and More


Orlando, Fla. (August 30, 2017) – Starting Nov. 18, holiday cheer – and a little mischief here and there – will take over Universal Orlando Resort for its destination-wide Holidays celebration. Guests of all ages will enjoy a Holiday celebration like no other with more dates than ever before. At Universal Orlando guests can witness the magic of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, watch all-new larger-than-life balloons and incredible entertainment fill the streets during the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, uncover the true meaning of Grinchmas, rock around the Music Plaza Stage to Mannheim Steamroller – and more. 

Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration will run daily from Nov. 18 to Jan. 6 and include the following festivities:

April 14, 2017

CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

Universal Orlando Resort Announces Brand-New Holiday Experiences Coming to Its Destination in 2017 - Including a New and Magical Celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter andAll-New Holiday Parade featuring Macy's



Click here for a sneak peek at the exciting new Holiday experiences

Orlando, Fla. (April 13, 2017) - The most wonderful time of the year is coming to one of the most immersive theme park experiences ever created. Universal Orlando Resort announced today that a new Christmas experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as part of its destination-wide Holiday celebration.

January 25, 2017

THE FOURTH ANNUAL A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER BEGINS THIS WEEK AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

Event Will Feature Harry Potter Film Stars, the Largest Harry Potter Expo in Event History and Exclusive News from Event Partners About J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World


WHAT:           This weekend, fans from around the world will come together to celebrate J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World at the fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter. Hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros., this three-day event will give fans the opportunity to:

·     Enjoy Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests. For the first time ever, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) will attend the event and will be joined by returning talent Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
·     Explore the largest Harry Potter Expo in event history - full of experiences conducted by MinaLima, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Scholastic, Pottermore, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Google Daydream and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
·     Attend a panel discussion about the process of creating creatures for the Harry Potter films with award-winning special make-up effects artist, Nick Dudman, joined by Warwick Davis
·     Learn the art of wand dueling hosted by the world's only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris
·     Access 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, board the iconic Hogwarts Express and journey between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket

Access to select events within A Celebration of Harry Potter is included in regular admission to Universal Orlando's theme parks. Admission to panel events will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

WHEN:           Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2017

WHERE:         Universal Orlando Resort

January 20, 2017

Final Harry Potter Film Talent Announced for A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando


Today, Universal Orlando Resort announced the final Harry Potter film talent attending A Celebration of Harry Potter. Find out more at the Universal Orlando blog: http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/cohp17-final-talent-reveal/

A Celebration of Harry Potter is a special three-day event full of exciting experiences taking place January 27 to 29, 2017. This year’s event includes the largest Harry Potter Expo in event history and engaging panels and demonstrations featuring Harry Potter film talent and creative talent.

JASON ISAACS JOINS WARWICK DAVIS AND MATTHEW LEWIS AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

Event Vacation Packages are On Sale and Available HERE


Today, Universal Orlando and Warner Bros. revealed that Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will attend the fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter – a special three-day event full of exciting experiences that will allow guests to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Isaacs will join the previously announced Harry Potter film talent Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) and Matthew Lewis 
(Neville Longbottom) for an unforgettable weekend at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2017.
Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will feature Harry Potter film and creative talent, with special panels and demonstrations for kids as well. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fans will be able to come together once again at the magical event, hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. from January 27 to 29, 2017.

For more information about the event; including the schedule of events, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/celebration.

December 8, 2016

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF HARRY POTTER FILM STARS TO JOIN THE FOURTH ANNUAL A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER - WARWICK DAVIS AND MATTHEW LEWIS

Event Will Feature The Largest Harry Potter Expo In Event History Along With New Panels And Demonstrations Featuring Harry Potter Creative Talent Mary GrandPré, Nick Dudman, Pierre Bohanna, Eduardo Lima, Miraphora Mina And Paul Harris



Event Vacation Packages are On Sale and Available HERE

Orlando Fla. (December 8, 2016) - Today, Universal Orlando and Warner Bros. Consumer Products revealed details about the fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter - a special three-day event full of exciting experiences taking place January 27 to 29, 2017.

For the first time ever -Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) will attend the magical event and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside fellow Harry Potter film star Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom). More talent will be announced on a later date.

Creative talent also set to appear at the event includes Nick Dudman, make-up and creature effects designer for the Harry Potter films; Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker on all of the Harry Potter films; Paul Harris, the world's only Wand Combat choreographer; 
Mary GrandPré, famed illustrator for the Harry Potter books; and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films and of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This year's A Celebration of Harry Potter will give guests the opportunity to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with a variety of exclusive experiences and attend the largest Harry Potter Expo in event history, featuring more partners and immersive exhibits than ever before. Expo participants will include: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Pottermore and Audible, MinaLima, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Scholastic, Google Daydream and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)

The Harry Potter Expo will be open to guests throughout the weekend and include the following booths and exhibits that will give fans a deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry PotterGuests will be able to see authentic props and the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the Harry Potter film series. 
  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition -
    Sorting Hat Experience
    Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? Guests will be able to be sorted into their Hogwarts house at this experience.
    Inside the expo, guests will also be treated to insider knowledge about the exhibitions tour before trying their hand at an exciting game of Quaffle Toss. Visitors will also be able to join their friends for a fun Quidditch-inspired photo opp. 
  • MinaLima
    Guests will be able meet graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima at the MinaLima expo booth as well as view various props and prints from the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 
  • Pottermore and AudibleAll weekend, Pottermore and Audible will be inviting visitors to participate in Audible Recall - the ultimate audio challenge that decides who knows the wizarding world inside-out and who has a bad case of the wrackspurts. Pottermore will also bring you the latest news and announcements directly from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.  
  • Scholastic
    Guests will be able to test their knowledge of the Harry Potter books at the Trivia Challenge and will have the opportunity to sign the "Muggle Wall" and express what Harry Potter means to them. Fans will also be treated to a meet & greet and signing with Mary GrandPré, famed illustrator for the Harry Potter books. 
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildGuests can get a glimpse into the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and see images from the award-winning West End production. 
  • Google Daydream VR Experience - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemWith Daydream View, Google's newly launched virtual reality headset, guests can experience the magic of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in VR. Wave a wand (via a Daydream controller) to solve puzzles and meet a few of the beasts in Newt's case.
  • Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentGuests will be able to experience the Wizarding World in LEGO Dimensions and explore the worlds of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and be the first to play as Hermione Granger.


A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS

(Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)

Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will feature Harry Potter film and creative talent, with special panels and demonstrations for kids as well. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times and locations will be released at a later date.

  • Behind-the-Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent DiscussionEnjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films including Warwick Davis, Mathew Lewis and more. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.    
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - Creating Creatures for the Harry Potter Films with Nick Dudman and Warwick DavisJoin award-winning special make-up effects artist Nick Dudman and discover how creature effects were brought to life in the Harry Potter film series. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents this exclusive panel with Dudman and Warwick Davis, who portrayed Professor Flitwick and Griphook on-screen. Learn about the incredible skill that went into producing iconic creatures such as Aragog, Buckbeak and the Gringotts Goblins, plus see some authentic models from the Harry Potter film series. 
  • Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul HarrisThis interactive panel will offer you the chance to pick up your wand and take part in a live dueling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and featuring the world's only Wand Combat Chorographer, Paul Harris.
    *Kids panel will also be offered for guests ages 12 and under 
  • Stories from Harry Potter: The ExhibitionHarry Potter: The Exhibition has the unique privilege of bringing a selection of some of the best known authentic props used to create the entire film series to fans in cities close to home. Each and every real element on display within the exhibition has a story. Eddie Newquist, creator of the exhibition, will be joined by Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker from the films, to tell stories of how these props and costumes were selected for the exhibition and about their histories.  
  • MinaLima
    Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios in London while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies, and more recently on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They will show some of the iconic props they created from both franchises, such as The Marauder's Map, the Daily Prophet, The New York Ghost, MACUSA Wand Permit, and more. Additionally, they will discuss their involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.


This year's A Celebration of Harry Potter will also include Harry Potter film trivia and, for the first time, a Fan Art Walk where guests can draw Wizarding World-inspired chalk art.

Guests will have access to Universal Orlando's attractions throughout the weekend, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.

Access to A Celebration of Harry Potter is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual or seasonal pass. Certain activities are first-come, first-served. Exclusive event vacation packages are also available for purchase and include special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.

For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/celebration.

About Universal Orlando Resort 
For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. 

Universal Orlando's theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world's most exciting and innovative theme park experiences, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. And in early summer 2017, Universal Orlando will open its third park, Universal's Volcano Bay - an entirely new water theme park experience. Universal's on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 - powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk's newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. 

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June 21, 2010

Muggles in Orlando!

I'm not one of those rabid Harry Potter fans. In fact, I've never read any of the Potter books, but I have seen two of the movies. They're okay, but I can't say I'm completely into it. I must admit, however, that I've been anxiously anticipating the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios here in Orlando. We live a mile away from the park and are fortunate to be able to go whenever we want, so I've been sneaking peeks of the developing area of the park while impatiently waiting for opening day, June 18th.