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 Wednesday, 24th


   Video: Scaffolding down at Hogwarts0 Comments

A new video by Behind The Thrills shows that the scaffolding has nearly all come down from around the Hogwart's building at Universal Studios Hollywood.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:34.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park, Video, Universal Studios Hollywood

   Universal Studios Hollywood - New image0 Comments

A new image has been released by Universal Studios Hollywood




  Accio Quote:
The new image, which depicts a wand-wielding Harry Potter in the foreground with a bustling snowcapped Hogsmeade village and a spectacular view of the iconic Hogwarts castle in the background, captures the spirit of this dynamic new immersive environment as the theme park readies for the West Coast’s debut of the “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:34.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park, Universal Studios Hollywood

   Test Hippogriff trains running at WWOHP0 Comments

The Theme Park Insider is reporting that a test run of the hippogriff ride has taken place.


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Universal Studios Hollywood's version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be a copy of Universal Orlando's original Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, with a couple of slight tweaks, most notably being the omission of the Dueling Dragons roller coaster. In fact, Flight of the Hippogriff will be the first outdoor roller coaster at Universal Studios Hollywood.





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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 15:33.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   Theme park announcement coming soon!0 Comments

Universal Studios has updated its Twitter page to announce that a big announcement will be released on December 8th!




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 17:46.13 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   Wizarding World release date announced!0 Comments

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hollywood will open on April 7th, 2016.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 17:12.07 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   New images of WWOHP food!0 Comments

Thanks to Universal Studios, we now have brand new images of the food that will be served at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hollywood theme park.

As you can see, a lot of the food is British inspired and looks really tasty!!









To view all of the images in our gallery, click here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:29.25 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park, Universal Studios Hollywood

   Special guests announced at WWOHP0 Comments

Special guests for the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hollywood has been announced for April 5th.


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Acclaimed Award-Winning Composer John Williams Conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Ceremonial Tribute as Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates the Highly-Anticipated Arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”

WHO: Legendary Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy award-winning composer John Williams conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Harry Potter film talent, including Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), along with Hollywood celebrities, including Viola Davis, Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Nicotero (Executive Producer, “The Walking Dead”) and Chris Hardwick (host, “The Talking Dead”), among others. Also attending are Larry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood; Tom Williams, Chairman & CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts; Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative; Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal; Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

WHAT: A spectacular fireworks display will underscore the celebration of the highly-anticipated opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood, commemorating the West Coast debut of this immersive land.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” officially opens to the public on Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 a.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Press call time for positioning on the red carpet

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Talent red carpet arrivals

7:45 p.m. – Press relocate from red carpet to event location within the land

8:15 p.m. – Program begins

WHERE: Universal Studios Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 90068


How exciting!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 17:14.59 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   New Hippogriff rollercoaster video0 Comments

Universal Studios has shared with us a new video of the Flight of the Hippogriff rollercoaster ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


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On their way to a Hippogriff training flight, guests enter the Care of Magical Creatures grounds, where sounds of creatures can be heard in the distance. The winding path leads visitors through Hagrid’s pumpkin patch and by Hagrid’s Hut where Fang’s booming barks and occasional wails emanate from within the walls.

As visitors pass his hut, Hagrid instructs them on how to properly approach a Hippogriff. Once Hagrid’s lesson is complete, guests climb aboard two-seat wicker baskets that string together to form the Hippogriff and begin their training flight, where in fact, they will spot a Hippogriff in its nest.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:24.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   Win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort!0 Comments

Bloomsbury have announced a competition for UK residents to win a holiday to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


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You could win a 5-night trip for four to experience it all for yourself, including:

• Round trip air transportation to Orlando, Florida
• Admission to both Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ theme parks
• Accommodation on-site at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, opening this summer
• Ground transportation between airport and hotel in Orlando
• Tickets to Blue Man Group


The competition is open until Saturday 3rd September 2016.

Simply enter by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 08:18.42 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   Find the magical creatures!0 Comments

If you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, be sure to keep an eye out for the magical creatures!


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From cute and cuddly Pygmy Puffs to majestic Hippogriffs, there is an abundance of magical creatures to discover, follow the steps below and join the quest to find them all.

Locate all the magical creatures in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Snap a photo with them and don’t be afraid to get creative.
Share your photos with #WizardingWorldOrlando and #FantasticBeasts on Twitter or Instagram.


Find out more by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:04.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Fantastic Beasts, Theme Park

   Celebration of Harry Potter announces new information0 Comments

Warner Bros. and Universal Orlando have announced details for their fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter event.

It will take place between January 27 to 29, 2017.


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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 Potter
Guests 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 Audible
All 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 Child
Guests 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 Them
With 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 Entertainment
Guests 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.




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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 Discussion
Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films including Warwick Davis, Matthew 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 Davis
Join 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 Harris
This 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 Exhibition
Harry 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.


Find out more by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 08:42.31 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   Behind-the-scenes at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood0 Comments

Pottermore has released a behind-the-scenes video of the Universal Studio's Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood.


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In this exclusive video art director Alan Gilmore, who worked on the Harry Potter films, takes us behind the scenes of iconic locations including Hogsmeade village and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:15.58 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   Fourth annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter" to begin tomorrow!0 Comments


  Accio Quote:
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 http://www.UniversalOrlando.com/Celebration.



 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:58.31 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   New Potter items for "Celebration" event0 Comments

Universal Orlando is reporting that two new items will be released for Harry Potter fans that attend the A Celebration of Harry Potter event this weekend.


  Accio Quote:
This year, we’re excited to introduce a commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter 2017 wand. This exclusive design is specific to this year’s event and will only be available, in limited quantities, for pre-order at the expo – it will definitely be a MUST-SEE since this will be the only time this new wand will be available.

Also debuting at this year’s event will be a new Chocolate Frog Card featuring five-time consecutive Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award winner, Gilderoy Lockhart. A MUST-HAVE for Chocolate Frog Card collectors, the boxes will have a specific sticker indicating which contain the new card for two weeks. After those two weeks, they’ll become random like the other cards. You’ll be able to find the new Chocolate Frog Cards in the expo and both Sugarplum’s and Honeydukes.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:44.20 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park

   Christmas is coming to WWOHP!0 Comments

Christmas is coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios from November!


  Accio Quote:
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.

Plus, a brand-new parade featuring Macy’s will also join Universal’s epic lineup of Holidays experiences – making Universal Orlando the place to be for Holidays.

These new experiences will join beloved Holiday traditions at Universal Orlando for the destination’s 2017 Holidays celebration, which will run for more dates than ever before from November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018.
Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Christmas is a special time in the Harry Potter series, and fans from around the world have long wanted to enjoy that part of J.K. Rowling’s compelling story for themselves. This November, the new Christmas experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will give guests a special opportunity to see, feel and even taste what it’s like to celebrate the magic of Christmas in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

As night falls, a magical holiday transformation of Hogwarts castle will take place right before guests’ eyes. Incredible state-of- the-art projection mapping and special effects will wrap the iconic castle – bringing holiday spirit and memorable Christmas moments from the Harry Potter series to life like never before.

Festive décor like ornate garlands will line the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Each storefront will be decked out with uniquely-themed decorations, and guests will enjoy special holiday themed food, drink and entertainment.

Stay tuned – more details about Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and even more exciting news about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be released soon.

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Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

A brand-new holiday parade experience will also join Universal Orlando’s resort-wide Holiday celebration beginning this November. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will take place in Universal Studios Florida and feature magnificent new, incredibly-detailed floats and balloons, and beloved characters like the mischievous Minions from Despicable Me, popular DreamWorks characters from Madagascar and Shrek – and even Santa Claus himself. Universal is partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring this new parade experience to life. More details will be released soon.

Universal Orlando’s resort-wide Holidays celebration – including Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – will run daily from November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018. Access to the festivities is included in regular admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Guests can now book a special vacation package to experience all of Universal’s epic Holidays entertainment. Packages start at $165 per adult, per night (tax inclusive) and include four-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a 4-day/3- park ticket that includes admission to ALL THREE Universal theme parks – including Universal’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay, which grand opens on May 25, and early park admission to The= Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 16:00.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Theme Park