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Video: Grand Opening of WWoHP at Universal Studios Hollywood; Tickets Sold out
Posted by Megs

Last night was the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. You can watch the a recap video of the premiere below.

Additionally, tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood for opening day of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” on April 7 are sold out, marking the first time ever that the theme park has had to halt online ticketing transactions.

Anticipation for this long-awaited opening has also translated to the sell-out of all specialty products, including the popular VIP Experience and Front of Line ticket option for opening day, as well as Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.

“We have been getting ready for this exciting day for the past five years and share the exhilaration with those guests who’ve made April 7th a sell-out day,” said Larry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood. “This incredible consumer demand speaks largely to the arrival of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,’ and the dramatic 75 percent transformation of Universal Studios Hollywood into an entirely new destination.”

Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood can be purchased via EZ Rez™, the newly introduced, industry-leading online ticketing platform. This innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system features an array of new consumer benefits designed to enhance visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A.  This includes premium savings with all online transactions, one-hour early entry to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and the opportunity to reserve specific date visits.

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Video: Tom Felton Gives Tour of Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood
Posted by Megs

Tom Felton has given Entertainment Weekly a tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. The park has it’s Grand Opening on April 7th with Felton, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis and James and Oliver Phelps set to attend.

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Cast Attending Wizarding World Hollywood Grand Opening Revealed
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has revealed some of the cast and crew from the Potter films that will be attending a Red Carpet Gala opening for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 5th.  Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps along with composer John Williams will attend the Grand Opening event.

The attraction has been five years in the making, and features a stunning recreation of Hogwarts castle as well as Hogsmeade village.

Following in the footsteps of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan, the Hollywood attraction will bring back some of the fans’ favourite rides, as well as a few new surprises.

The park officially opens on April 7th but is currently doing “soft openings” where fans can visit the park with limited rides and stores open.  Here’s a quick definition of a soft opening for those of you unfamiliar:

A soft opening is usually a less strenuous opening for the ride or attraction. It might not open at park open or might close before park close. It may open and close periodically throughout the day for minor adjustments or to run routine safety checks, although usually these closures are “soft” closures – they don’t clear the queue, they just cycle and empty cycle or stop the ride after everyone’s off for a moment or two. There may be private events, training or staffing requirements, repairs, media, or inspections that require the attraction be closed an entire day or more during this time. Certain effects or features might not be working yet.

Filed Under: Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, John Williams, Tom Felton, Universal Studios Hollywood, Warwick Davis, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Hogsmeade Hunt Contest Launched by Universal Studios Hollywood
Posted by Megs

Hogsmeat Hunt

Universal Studios Hollywood has launched the Hogsmeade Hunt, a contest where fans can win a VIP trip for four to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! You also have daily chances to win a Harry Potter wand.

Find each wizarding item on participating websites for a chance to win a trip for 4 to Universal Studios Hollywood to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™! Visit the Hogsmeade Hunt website every day and you can also be one of the daily instant winners of a Harry Potter™ Collectible Hero Wand!

For more information and for official rules, please visit: www.universalstudioshollywood.com/hogsmeadehunt

To play:

1.Visit hogsmeadehunt.com every day at 12pm EST to discover where you can find the day’s item
2. One item will be available to find each day from 3/1 – 3/21, each on a different website.
3. Visit the named website to find that day’s item, and click on it to be entered for a chance to win!

Note: This contest is only open to U.S. Residents

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Menu for The Three Broomsticks at Universal Studios Hollywood Revealed
Posted by Megs

The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is currently doing trial runs, called a soft opening, where fans can experience the park prior to opening. It will not always be open, and not everyone will be admitted, but it is worth a try if you are in the area. The official opening of the park is on April 7th.

Universal Studios Hollywood revealed the menu for The Three Broomsticks restaurant today. There will be traditional English fare, tasty Butterbeer and magically sweet treats to help capture the authenticity of Harry Potter. Photos of the food may be seen in our gallery while a description can be found in the press release below.

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A foray through Hogsmeade village at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood will please the palate with an enticing array of savory fare and beverages, served up at the land’s Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub as featured in the Harry Potter books and films, and where guests from around the world can dine on traditional British dishes and sample Butterbeer™.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood opens on April 7, 2016.

Carefully prepared by Universal Studios Hollywood’s executive chef and culinary team, the eclectic British menu will invite guests to step into Three Broomsticks, an aged rustic tavern, where they can enjoy authentic meals while seated at custom-made wooden tables, chairs and benches, in a warm and inviting atmosphere taken straight from the wizarding world.

Sample menu items include Bangers & Mash (savory grilled English sausages with creamy mashed potatoes and minted peas), Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef and vegetables, crowned with potatoes), Beef Sunday Roast (prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and gravy), Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew and Fish & Chips. Rounding out the hearty fare are decadent treats such as Butterbeer potted cream and sticky toffee pudding.

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.

Three Broomsticks also features a selection of scrumptious traditional English breakfast items, welcoming guests to start their day at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Tempting menu choices include the Eggy Bread breakfast (French baguette, cut on the bias and served with bacon and Vermont maple syrup), as well as traditional English breakfast (fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, black pudding, baked beans, baked tomato, sautéed mushrooms and potatoes) and traditional American breakfast (eggs, sausages, bacon and toast).

Butterbeer, served traditionally and frozen as well as pumpkin juice™, pumpkin fizz and Gilly Water are Hogsmeade beverage staples.

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces EZ Rez for Online Tickets
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood have announced EZ Rez to make buying tickets for the theme park easier. In essence, you order your ticket online for a specific date(s) and in doing so you gain early access to the park (beginning 4/7) and guaranteed entrance for that day! This will be extremely helpful for those Harry Potter fans wishing to go to the park on April 7th for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. More information from the press release may be read below:

Starting today and for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing EZ Rez™, an innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system featuring an array of new consumer benefits designed to enhance visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as the world-class destination continues its unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation.

In addition to affording guests the unique opportunity of booking date specific tickets, EZ Rez ticket holders will be able to benefit from early entry to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” when the immersive land officially opens on April 7. Early admission to the land will begin one hour prior to park opening.

As an added benefit, guests purchasing admission tickets and annual passes via EZ Rez will also enjoy premium savings with all advanced online transactions. Anytime admission tickets will continue to be available.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new experience and theme park.

With the much anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” opening on April 7, and the recent addition of “Fast & Furious: Supercharged” as the grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour, expansive themed lands including “Springfield” and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” next generation thrill rides such as “Transformers: The Ride 3D,” amplified experiences such as the recently introduced “Nighttime Studio Tour” and the new “Special Effects Show,” Universal Studios Hollywood is continually exploring new, groundbreaking ways to ensure guests have the best possible experience, both in advance and upon their arrival.

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