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What We’ll Be Eating at the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour at Diagon Alley

We’re just a over a couple weeks away from the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando! Each year the event gets better and better and we’re sure this year will be no exception. Cast members Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Natalia Tena and Stanislav Ivaneski will be there to participate in panels, photo sessions and more. But today, let’s talk about all the tasty treats you can eat in the parks!

I am a constant visitor to the parks since my first trip there in 2011 so I have a few “must eat” treats while in the parks. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to eating (and drinking) this trip!  Since I don’t drink butterbeer (*gasp*) My choices are a little unorthadox. Be prepared for some deliciousness!

1. Cornish Pasties from The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade

One of my favorite meals to get in the parks is the cornish pasties and salad from The Three Broomsticks. What’s great about it is the fact that you get a tiny bit of veggies (okay, lettuce) to counteract all the sugar and fried foods you’ll be eating. You get three delicious patties filled with meat and veggies plus a salad with a dressing of your choice. It’s a perfect small lunch to get you ready for your next ride. You can also get just the pasties at The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley for an afternoon snack.

Fun Fact: The first time I had cornish pasties was with Harry Potter art director (and also art director for the theme parks) Alan Gilmore during the press preview for Diagon Alley. He said we just had to try them and boy was he right! I get them every visit.

Cornish Pasties from The Three Broomsticks

2. Otters Fizzy Orange Juice from The Leaky Cauldron or The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley

This is my favorite drink in the parks. I’m not a Butterbeer fan so this is what I order when all my friends get their hot or cold Butterbeer! It is a really nice, slightly carbonated, orange juice with cinnamon on the rim. The cinnamon is a perfect finishing touch and makes the drink so unique.

Otters Fizzy Orange Juice from The Leaky Cauldron and The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley

3. Cauldron Cake from Sugarplums in Diagon Alley

In the Summer of 2017 Universal introduced a new form of their beloved Cauldron Cakes. These new cakes are much larger and come in a box with a cauldron that you can keep after finishing your cupcake. Fair warning: there is a LOT of frosting, but it’s so good! You’ll probably want to let it warm up before you eat it – they keep it in a fridge – so the cake is a little softer when you enjoy it. It is $9.95 but a few people can share it. A great dessert to eat at the park or take home to enjoy later.
Cauldron Cake from Sugarplums in Diagon Alley

4. Fish & Chips from The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley

One of my favorite London meals is fish & chips, so of course I would have to get it in the parks as well! I usually get the children’s portion so I can have dessert and more snacks throughout the day. The batter is so crispy and the fish is delicious. The fries (or chips) are very tasty as well. The kids meal also comes with grapes, so you can feel a bit better about eating all that fried fish.

Fish and Chips from The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley

5. Ice Cream from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley

You can’t leave Diagon Alley without getting ice cream, that’s insanity! I’m pretty boring so I just go for plain chocolate but my friends love the earl grey & lavender, chocolate chili and clotted cream. And soft serve butterbeer, of course!

Ice Cream from Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley

The 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter will take place from Friday January 26th – Sunday January 28th. Tickets and packages are still available.

*all photos from my personal instagram*

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Natalia Tena Added to Celebration of Harry Potter Lineup
Posted by Megs

Natalia Tena has been added to the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter guest lineup! She’s joining Stanislav Yanevski, Bonnie Wright, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps for the three day event that’s sure to be as amazing as the four previous years! The actors will be participating in panels, autograph and photo sessions and may make special (surprise) appearances at the Harry Potter Expo during the course of the weekend!

At A Celebration of Harry Potter™, you’ll have the chance to see some of your favorite film talent. Plus, enjoy interactive question and answer sessions to discover what it was like to work on one of the most successful film franchises in history.

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Natalia Tena, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Bonnie Wright Added to Celebration of Harry Potter Lineup
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has announced this morning that Bonnie Wright has been added to the lineup for the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter! She will be joining her on-screen brothers James and Oliver Phelps as well as Stanislav Yanevski.

The 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter takes place at Universal Orlando Resort from January 26th – 29th. The weekend will be full of panels held Jany Tamime (the costume designer,) John Richardson (special effects supervisor) and more! The Harry Potter Expo will also be returning to the event.

To find out more about this year’s A Celebration of Harry Potter, including ticket details and information on packages, take a look at the official website.

We will keep you updated as news develops and will be attending the event to bring everything to you as it happens!

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood
Posted by Megs

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Last night, Universal Studios Hollywood celebrated the opening of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” transforming Hogwarts castle with a breathtaking light projection show, choreographed to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.  The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

A video preview can be watched below and photos of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter all decked out for the holidays may be found in the gallery!

More on Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:

Universal Studios Hollywood celebrated the opening of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM,” transforming HogwartsTM castle with a breathtaking animated light projection show, choreographed to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. kicked off the yuletide season.

The evening program introduced Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood, as she welcomed the land’s new holiday festivities. Following an original a cappella Frog Choir performance of “Christmas at Hogwarts,” Irwin and a group of children—clad in attire representing each of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses—wielded wands and cast a spell that revealed the light projection spectacular:  “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle.”

“We are delighted to welcome ‘Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ as a new Universal Studios Hollywood holiday tradition,” said Karen Irwin. “Millions of guests visiting from around the world have already experienced the incredible offerings of this immersive land. This exciting new holiday program further expands the Harry Potter universe by bringing some of the holiday spirit from the films to life for guests to experience for themselves.”

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

Hogsmeade village also shines brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed fare served at Three Broomsticks and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer.

The newly-introduced Holiday Dinner features a sumptuous roast turkey with gravy platter that includes pigs in blankets, a medley of vegetables, braised red cabbage and roasted potatoes served with cranberry sauce, along with Christmas Pudding.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”  Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will also perform original holiday themed songs over the course of the seasonal event.

From stockings to ornaments, the addition of specialty keepsakes and gift-giving items complement the land’s immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” are available this holiday season. 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. Wizard robes and wands and an array of Quidditch game accessories are perfect for gift-giving.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is also offering up an amazing selection of holiday themed items, perfect for gift giving (or for your, we won’t judge):

From stockings to stuffers, the addition of these specialty keepsakes and gift-giving items complement the land’s immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter.

Featured items include an array of all-new custom-made ornaments designed especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” A variety of decorative HogwartsTM castle snow globes, as well as Hogwarts crest and Hogwarts mascot tree ornaments are available in addition to a selection of Christmas stockings, stocking holders and a variety of unique Hogwarts-themed tree toppers and house pennant garland. Name ornaments will also be available or they can be customized. Items available for purchase are representative of each of the four Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses.

An original Hogwarts Express collection is also available featuring an array of holiday and everyday themed items. From Platform 9 ¾, Hogwarts Railways and Hogwarts Express train ornaments to stockings and holders, as well as themed scarves, hats and gloves to a selection of clothing and collector Hogwarts Express tickets.

For guests who prefer to channel their inner Slytherin, Professor Severus Snape’s dramatic full length wizard’s robe makes a grand debut, adding to the selection of existing house robes from the four Hogwarts’ houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. For fans of the popular Quidditch sport, a keepsake Gryffindor Quidditch robe scores as a must have and can be paired with either the impressive full size Firebolt or Nimbus 2001 broomsticks as well as select Quidditch accessories, including the coveted Golden Snitch, Quaffle ball and Bludger.

Several new interactive namesake wands are added to the collection, including the Cho Chang, Cedric Diggory, Yaxley and a new Death Eater wand.

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Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
New Details for Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Revealed!
Posted by Megs

The Universal Orlando Resort blog has released some new details for Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley! The post reveals that The Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck will be partaking in the holiday cheer with new concerts! The festivities begin November 18th and run through January 6th!

Every night in Hogsmeade Village at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you’ll be able to see The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. Using the latest in projection-mapping technology, Hogwarts Castle will completely transform this holiday season.

A spell will be cast on Hogwarts Castle, illuminating it in festive décor, candlelight and moments inspired by the films.

Imagine seeing the ghosts of Hogwarts singing carols, students riding broomsticks and creating snowmen, a moment inspired by the Yule Ball and many more surprises.

This experience is available multiple times throughout the evening, with later shows providing the best viewing experience.

Frog Choir

Also in Hogsmeade, you can see the Hogwarts Frog Choir perform.

Donning their house scarves, the Frog Choir has a brand-new collection of holiday carols:

  • “Christmas at Hogwarts” – This wizarding carol casts a Christmas spell that echoes through the halls of Hogwarts.
  • “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” – The choir will bring a new and festive life to this classic holiday song.
  • “The Most Magical Yule Ball of All” – Hosting the TriWizard Tournament also brings with it a magical event known as the Yule Ball. This song captures all the magic, elegance and wonder of this very special night.
  • “I Cast a Spell On Father Christmas” – This fun song is a cautionary tale asking young wizards to be sure of the incantation before casting a spell.

Their signature 5-part harmonies will spread Christmas croaks and holiday cheer!

Celestina Warbeck

The Christmas carols don’t stop there. Take the Hogwarts Express over to Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to see the singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck and her Banshees.

They’re conjuring four new tunes from her chart-topping holiday album, Nothin’ Like A Holiday Spell with hits like:

  • “Nothing Like a Holiday Spell” – There are many spells and charms in the wizarding world. But during this time of year, conjuring warm feelings of yuletide cheer is the most magical spell of all.
  • “Accio Christmas” – This calypso inspired song officially brings a Christmas rhythm of the islands to the British Isles.
  • “My Baby Gave Me a Hippogriff for Christmas” – Have you ever received a gift that wasn’t exactly what you were expecting? This song describes one such moment our singing sorceress experienced.
  • “A Witch and Wizard’s Wintry Wondrous Land” – This classic wizarding carol shows there’s nothing more lovely than sharing the Christmas season with family friends—and of course Celestina’s fans

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Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Cast Announced for 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort has announced the cast for their 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter. Stanislav Yanevski, Oliver Phelps and James Phelps are scheduled to attend next year’s event and will participate in panels and more! A Celebration of Harry Potter will be held from January 26th-28th with packages available on the official Universal Orlando Resort website.

Celebration of Harry Potter Cast Members

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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