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First Look at New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Roller Coaster
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Many fans will recall that last September, Universal Orlando Resort closed down the Dragon Challenge roller coaster in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade to make room for a new Potter-themed ride. Today we get our first look at that new attraction in the form of a poster! Set to open in 2019, this new roller coaster seems to be themed for The Forbidden Forest with a few Cornish Pixies wreaking havoc on the poster. No details on the ride have been announced but we will report as more information becomes available.

Experience Will Bring Even More Extraordinary Moments to Life in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

More Details about the Magical New Adventure will be revealed in Early 2019

Universal Orlando Resort is giving guests a glimpse of the environment it is creating for the highly anticipated new experience coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in 2019. Today, the resort shared never-before-seen artwork hinting at the magical adventure that awaits.

In 2010, Universal Orlando Resort brought the wonder, excitement and adventure of the Harry Potter books and films to life for the first time with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The expansion of the global phenomenon continued in 2014 with the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida – allowing guests to experience even more extraordinary moments from Harry Potter’s magical world. With the Hogwarts Express connecting both lands, providing guests the opportunity to board the iconic train and relive Harry’s unforgettable journey, Universal Orlando created the world’s first centrally-themed, [sic] multi-park experience.

Opening in 2019 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, the new experience will become Universal’s most highly-themed coaster yet – immersing guests in an all-new adventure that is the next installment of the Wizarding World brought to life at Universal Orlando Resort.

More information about the attraction will be revealed in early 2019. Stay tuned for an exact date and more information.

Filed Under: Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Snowfall is coming to “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”
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Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is returning to Universal Studios Hollywood once again! This year they are adding “glistening snowfall” to enhance the holiday spirit! “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019. This year includes the a cappella Frog Choir, special holiday collectibles, hot butterbeer, holiday-themed food and more!

The full press release:

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls with a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

The addition of nightly glistening snowfall to “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will enhance the yuletide spirit that resonates throughout the land as HogwartsTM castle transforms into a dazzling light projection spectacular and the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

The annual holiday reunites the a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, who return to entertain guests with their harmonized holiday themed songs.

A wide selection of custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will also be available. Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.

Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.  The annual event comes to life with a towering 60- foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.  The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.

“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 1-2 and 8-9, and daily from December 14 through December 30, 2018.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will permeate throughout the theme park including “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

On Universal CityWalk a spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza. Santa Claus will make daily appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season. This visually dynamic fountain, displaying over 230 individual power jets, will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 23 through Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission.  More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebookand follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Butterbeer Ice Cream Arrives at Universal Studios Hollywood
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It’s finally happened! Butterbeer Ice Cream has arrived at Universal Studios Hollywood. This treat is one of the most popular at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and now guests at Hollywood can enjoy the tasty dessert.

Here’s the scoop, Butterbeer™ ice cream is now being served at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood™, arriving just in time for summer.

The rich palate-pleasing Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice cream is a delightful and delicious new addition to the menu of Butterbeer items currently available, including such Butterbeer favorites as traditional, frozen and hot beverages, as well as Butterbeer Potted Cream and Butterbeer Fudge.

Reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread, Butterbeer ice cream is perfectly fine-tuned as a cool Hogsmeade treat and will be served at various carts located within Hogsmeade and at Three Broomsticks™.

Gathering inspiration from historic British taverns, the adjoining Hog’s Head pub features original draught beers and spirits created exclusively for the land, including Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew and Fire Whisky. Also available are Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water and the three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at USH Announces New Food, Apparel and Experiences
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing new wand magic experiences, authentic costume replicas, new food items and the popular “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” spectacular is returning for the Summer! New (and returning) experiences include:

  • With a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of two additional spells ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. The Incendio fire-making spell will conjure flames of varying size based on skill level, and the Alohomora spell will unlock a series of intricate locks that may reveal the fiery breath of a creature hidden behind a secret door.
  • Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including:
    • Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring an imported selection of ham, salami, country paté, English cheese, homemade pickles and a warm scotch egg served with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard
    • Cheese Toastie with Chicken, featuring grilled English Cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg served with a fresh salad or potato wedges
    • Sunday Roast Sandwich served on a freshly baked baguette filled with warm prime rib, caramelized onions, English Cheddar, horseradish sauce and homemade garlic pickles served with fresh salad or potato wedges
  • Guests can channel their inner wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. The billowing house robes worn by the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and accompanying house uniforms, including hand-loomed cardigans from Scotland, scarves and ties are available for purchase. New to Gladrags Wizardwear this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe, as well as a replica of Hermonione’s dress worn at the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is now available in adult and children’s sizes.Other wizard attire includes a replica of the cardigan worn by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the film series finale. Select attire is available in a variety of sizes from toddler to adult.
  • Just like the talking mirror in the Harry Potter films, Madam Malkin’s Talking Mirror makes quite a reflective entrance this summer, located in the corridor between Dervish and Banges™ and Gladrags Wizardwear. Speaking with an English accent, the Talking Mirror will entertain guests with a variety of complimentary remarks.
  • “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” returns for a limited time only, beginning Sunday, June 24.
    As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy® award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.
Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” Returns to Hollywood For a Limited Time
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Universal Studios Hollywood springs into March with the return of the dazzling light projection spectacular, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” for a limited engagement.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

WHEN:

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 11

Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18

Saturday, March 24 – Saturday, March 31

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Photo: Matthew Lewis Visits Universal Studios Hollywood
Posted by Megs

Fans of the Potter series are accustomed to seeing Matthew Lewis at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida for various events such as the Harry Potter Celebration or the Grand Opening of the parks. However, yesterday Matt paid a visit to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood to enjoy a frothy cold butterbeer! Universal have sent over a photo of Matt Lewis enjoying his drink in the warm weather.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Mateo / Universal Studios Hollywood

Filed Under: Matthew Lewis, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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