On Oct. 9, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced the return of “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” which will take place on Jan. 26-28, 2018. [Read more…]
The most wonderful time of the year will be a little more wonderful as Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the holiday season with an array of offerings that families are sure to enjoy. [Read more…]
Avatar, Star Wars, and Harry Potter are some of the hottest names in the attractions business today, but what does the increasing reliance on intellectual property (IP) mean for the future of theme parks? That question will be tackled this November at the 2017 IAAPA Legends Panel by three of the creative leaders whose job is to adapt these and other IPs for use in attractions. [Read more…]
Starting Sunday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 12, Harry Potter fans can explore their Dark Side as the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosts a special exhibit celebrating the Dark Arts. [Read more…]
Starting Nov. 18, Universal Orlando Resort will be taken over with holiday cheer during its resort-wide holiday celebration. Guests of all ages will get to enjoy the holidays at the resort with more dates than ever before. [Read more…]
On Sept. 4, 2017, the Dragon Challenge intertwined coasters in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure took its last flight. The coaster has closed for good, making way for what Universal calls “one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences we’ve created.” [Read more…]
MuggleNet, a popular Harry Potter fansite, hosted MuggleNet Live on Sept. 1, 2017, in collaboration with “Attractions Magazine” to celebrate a historic date in Harry Potter history. [Read more…]
Insiders have speculated about the closure of Dragon Challenge at Islands of Adventure for years, and now Universal Orlando made it official: the twin looping coasters at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will run for the final time on September 4, before being replaced by an all new highly-themed Harry Potter coaster in 2019. [Read more…]
If you can’t visit the magical village of Hogsmeade at Universal’s theme parks, a new Christmas in the Wizarding World Harry Potter holiday experience may be coming to a shopping center near you this fall. [Read more…]
Over the course of its ten years on set, the “Harry Potter” films had over 25,000 costume pieces created for the eight productions. Beginning with over 600 Hogwarts school uniforms, the costumes eventually developed into more extravagant pieces like Hermione’s Yule Ball gown, Professor Slughorn’s lilac pajamas, and Gilderoy Lockhart’s professor’s robes. [Read more…]
Universal Studios Hollywood has confirmed that ‘Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,’ featuring a holiday projection show on Hogwarts Castle like the one announced over a month for Universal Orlando, will be coming to the west coast park this year.
Testing has only recently begun for Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle’ projection show, which will begin nightly performances on June 23, but we now know that show will switch out with a Christmas themed version in time for the holiday season. The Hogwarts Castle projection shows were inspired by the one-time-only presentation created for the Wizarding World’s grand opening in 2016. (Note that the new castle shows will only feature projections and music, but no fireworks.)
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 dimensional animations that melodically dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from of the Harry Potter movies.
In addition to the projection show, Hogsmeade village will also feature festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed food and beverages including hot Butterbeer.
Watch Universal Studios Hollywood’s Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter announcement video below, followed by video of the USH Harry Potter grand opening projection show.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is about to be cast in a whole new light when its brand new nighttime show, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” which features light projections on the castle itself, opens on June 23. [Read more…]
American Harry Potter fans are about to get something they’ve been wishing for, as Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions have announced that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will make its Broadway debut in spring 2018 at the Lyric Theatre in New York. [Read more…]
On Friday, April 21, Universal Studios Japan will officially open the Expecto Patronum Night Show, which uses advanced video projection to bring Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to life. [Read more…]
Universal Orlando Resort has announced all new experiences for the Christmas 2017 season: new holiday offerings coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time ever, as well as an all-new Macy’s holiday parade. [Read more…]
The 10th annual U.S. Quidditch Cup is being held at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Fla. this year, from April 8-9. The Quidditch Cup is United States Quidditch’s most important event in their competitive season. Hosting 60 teams, this is the largest Quidditch event of the year. [Read more…]
One of the world’s most spectacular theme park rides just got a little more dazzling, as Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the upgrade of their Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction with 120 frames-per-second projections. [Read more…]
If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter after park hours with just a few hundred close friends and some VIPs from the films, mark your calendar for September 1, when the MuggleNet Live Nineteen Years Later will take over Diagon Alley for the evening. [Read more…]
With a #FollowTheSpiders social media campaign and onstage announcement at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London had confirmed that the new Forbidden Forest expansion to their Making of Harry Potter tour will open on March 31. [Read more…]