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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
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood
Posted by Megs

Last month we revealed more information on Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Today Universal Studios Hollywood announces the debut of their all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” The festive experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic Hogwarts castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor. More information is included in the press release below:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls for a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new holiday themed songs.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will also debut this 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.

Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

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

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience invites guests to celebrate this special time of year in J.K. Rowling’s compelling Wizarding World for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM 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.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

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 nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.

“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31, 2017.

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.

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 nightly 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 24 through Sunday, December 23, 2017.

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.

Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
A Celebration of Harry Potter Returning to Universal Orlando in January
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort revealed on Twitter that their fifth annual Celebration of Harry Potter will be taking place from January 26-28, 2018! No further details have been announced at this time but the three day event is always worth attending. Members of the cast and crew participate in panels and Universal hosts a Harry Potter Expo where venders such as Scholastic, Warner Bros Studio Tour London and more share what’s new!

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
New Details on Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

This morning, Universal Orlando Resort issued a press release on their holiday happenings, including the brand new Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration will run daily from November 18 to January 6. According to the press release:

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 festive 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.

NEW! Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests will be surrounded by uniquely themed Christmas decorations, garlands and lights as they walk the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. They will also enjoy special Christmas themed food and holiday performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. And as night falls – state-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting will wrap Hogwarts castle, bringing incredible Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life.

The Holidays will also include:

NEW! Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Universal Orlando Resort is partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring a brand-new parade to Universal Studios Florida. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will feature more than a dozen new festive balloons and over 15 incredibly detailed floats that can’t be seen anywhere else – all designed exclusively for Universal Orlando.  The parade will also include appearances by the Minions and other favourite characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek – and the jolly man himself, Father Christmas.

Grinchmas

Guests will watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” and join the merry Whos from Who-ville as they celebrate the true meaning of the season and bring Grinchmas to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And, on sale now, guests can enjoy a festive breakfast with the Grinch and his friends on select dates.

Mannheim Steamroller

Holiday music sensation, Manheim Steamroller, returns to Universal Orlando to spread cheer for all to hear during live concerts at Universal Studios Florida on Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

Holidays at Universal’s On-Site Hotels

Staying on-site is the best way to experience the Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort. All five hotels will glisten with festive decorations and offer holiday activities, including tree lightings, menorah lightings, and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve buffets.

EVE at Universal CityWalk

To celebrate the New Year, guests can dance the night away at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can celebrate the New Year in style with the largest dance floor in Orlando, live entertainment and endless decadent dishes and signature drinks.  Tickets go on sale soon.

Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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