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Tom Felton & Alan Gilmore Give Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Details
Posted by Megs

In a new video released this morning, Tom Felton and Alan Gilmore release new information on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

The full press release may be read below:

On June 13, 2019, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure  the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – will soar into Universal Orlando Resort and become the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet. Today, all-new details have been revealed about the magical new adventure that awaits.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will combine a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets – including an actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees. It will also give guests the unique opportunity to join Hagrid – one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter films – on a journey to one of the most mysterious places in the wizarding world – the Forbidden Forest. With Hagrid as their guide, guests will fly deep into the Forbidden Forest and brave the mysteries and thrills beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a groundbreaking coaster experience unlike any other.

It all begins when guests (starting at 48” tall) join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and board magical motorbikes specially designed to make them feel the freedom of flight. Guests will either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar as they embark on a journey that will bring them closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.  But as they make their way through the Forbidden Forest…things don’t go as planned. During the adventure, guests will:

Experience a freewheeling coaster flight where they’ll twist, turn and rush forward – and backward – at speeds up to 50 mph into the dark forest 

Encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures, such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog – and even a creature that’s never been seen in the films

Hurl past challenging obstacles, become entangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and so much more …while encountering a few surprises along the way. 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be an epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. The magic began with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The expansion of the global phenomenon continued with the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida and the Hogwarts Express – allowing guests to travel between both lands. And when it opens on June 13, 2019, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will join the lineup of award-winning entertainment experiences in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and bring an all-new adventure inspired by J.K. Rowling’s beloved stories to life. 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. More details about the new experience will be revealed in the months ahead.  For more information and Universal Orlando ticket options, visit www.universalorlando.com

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
First Look at ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’
Posted by Megs

Today we’re finally getting a first look at the newest Wizarding World game – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is coming to iOS and Android mobile devices in 2019. Pre-registration is now available on Google Play.

Co-published and co-developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, Inc., Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Portkey Games, the games label dedicated to creating new Wizarding World mobile and video game experiences that place the player at the center of their own adventure, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. 

Some screenshots and video of gameplay have been released by Niantic and Warner Bros.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the player’s journey begins as a new recruit for the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, with the purpose of investigating and containing a Calamity that has befallen the wizarding world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to cast spells and return Foundables – artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories – trapped by Confoundable magic, to their proper place in an effort to keep magic hidden from Muggle eyes.

As players journey across the world, they’ll discover Inns that replenish their Spell Energy, magical ingredients for brewing special potions, Portkeys that unlock AR portals into iconic wizarding world locations and much more.

Combat skills will be tested when witches and wizards visit real-world locations called Fortresses, key areas that play host to Wizarding Challenges. These real-time multiplayer battles against dangerous foes encourage players to join forces with fellow witches and wizards to take on higher level threats and unlock rare magical rewards.

More details may be found at the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite blog!

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Premiere Event
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a premiere event for the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle show. Get a first look at the new light projection show on Thursday April 11th and Friday April 12th. Tickets for the event are on sale now and there are two options:

Premiere Event ($199):

  • Event dates are April 11 and 12, 2019 only. Theme park will remain open until 11pm for this separately ticketed event.
  • Exclusive event entertainment begins at 6pm and ends at 11pm. Guests can enter the Park starting at 4pm to enjoy all available attractions. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ attractions, food and retail venues will be open during the event.

Premiere Event + GA Ticket ($249):

  • Event dates are April 11 and 12, 2019 only. Ticket valid on selected date of purchase only. Theme park will remain open until 11pm.
  • Guests can come in as early as Park opening and stay through the event. Check UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for Park hours.
  • Exclusive event entertainment begins at 6pm and ends at 11pm.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ attractions, food and retail venues will be open during the event.

Click HERE to Purchase Tickets as they will Sell Out!

 Universal Studios Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for the “Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle Premiere Event,” a special experience that offers fans a  first look at the new light projection show at “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 2019.

This premium evening event invites guests to be among the very first to experience “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” with exclusive, coveted after-hours access to Hogsmeade™ village, where fans can also explore the shops and experience the land’s signature rides, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™.” 

The event’s main attraction is an exclusive first-look at the all-new “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” projection display that brings to light an exciting new dimension of sorcery within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”  A mesmerizing pageantry of light, music and special effects will unleash the darkest creatures and villains from the Wizarding World, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort.  

Guests will be challenged to summon their inner strength and bravery in the face of the all-consuming Dark Arts as some of the awe-inspiring moments and creatures inspired by the films come to life within the majestic light display accompanied by an atmospheric musical score created by John Williams.

Additionally, guests will be treated to a premium catered feast of foods, beverages and desserts as part of this exclusive opportunity.
A new wand will also debut in conjunction with the exclusive event, offering fans a chance to purchase this limited edition memorabilia and add to their wand collection.

Event tickets are on sale now, which includes early entry to Universal Studios Hollywood, and are available to purchase here. Advance purchase is recommended as limited tickets are available, and event nights will sell out.

“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” opens to the public on Saturday, April 13 and will continue through Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood.


Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
A Closer Look at Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Coming Soon
Posted by Megs

Next week, Universal Orlando Resort will reveal new details about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the all-new, highly-anticipated coaster experience opening in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade on June 13. 

Visit UniversalOrlando.com at 8:30 a.m. EST on March 12 to hear the special announcement from Tom Felton and Alan Gilmore, Art Director of the Harry Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Dark Arts are Coming to Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Studios Hollywood!
Posted by Megs

Death Eaters and Knockturn Alley lovers, rejoice! A powerful dark arts spell has been cast on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, bringing a dynamic, all-new light projection experience to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort!

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts castle at Universal Studios Hollywood nightly from April 13 – 28 and May 25 – 27.

Universal Orlando Resort’s will debut the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle later this year with dates to be announced. We will keep you updated on any new developments for Orlando’s dates.

The full press release may be read below:

 Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort invite guests to experience an exciting new dimension of sorcery at “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” with the introduction of the “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” a powerful, original and breathtaking projection experience.

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts castle and “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” nightly from April 13 – 28 at Universal Studios Hollywood then return from May 25 – 27.
Universal Orlando Resort’s experience will debut later this year with dates to be announced at a later time. 

This exciting all-new experience in “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will cast a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort. 

Illuminating a darker side of the Wizarding World, this spectacular new light projection experience will be a departure from previous “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will bring more intense tones and drama that reflect the Dark creatures and wizards that challenge goodness in the Wizarding World. 

Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravery in the face of the all-consuming Dark Arts as some of the awe-inspiring moments and creatures inspired by the films come to life within the majestic light display. 

As darkness falls on Hogwarts castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic—even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort™ himself, until the Patronus spell—one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world—is cast. 

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment. It was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London, based on the original scores composed for the film series created by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun throughout the year for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details.  

At Universal Orlando, guests can take advantage of an unprecedented offer featuring up to six months free on any Universal Orlando Annual Pass if purchased before April 4, 2019. Click here for more details about Annual and Seasonal Pass options.

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Tom Felton and Alan Gilmore Introduce Universal’s New Ride
Posted by Megs

In a quick new video released on Facebook, Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton and Art Director of the Harry Potter films and theme parks Alan Gilmore introduce the new attraction opening this Summer at Universal Orlando Resort! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will open to the public on June 13, 2019!

 

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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