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“A Celebration of Harry Potter” coming to Universal Orlando Resort in 2015!

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” coming to Universal Orlando Resort in 2015!

Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, has just sent out a press release announcing that Warner Bros. and the Universal Orlando Resort theme park will be hosting the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” expo in 2015! The park will be offering exclusive vacation packages and special attendee benefits!

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” is a special Harry Potter exhibition that was hosted at the WWoHP in 2014 where MuggleNet was live tweeting the event. Last year, the event included Q&A sessions with the cast and crew of the Harry Potter films, and MuggleNet was able to get some early access events, including food tastings at the park’s fabulous restaurants in Hogsmeade Village and a special preview of the construction of the Diagon Alley expansion (here and here) prior to the event.

This year, Universal will be offering access to these great events and more! According to the press release, all general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

    • Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests (attendees to be announced later)
    • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits of the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” expo
    • Enjoy special discussions regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter franchise
    • Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with your park-to-park ticket
    • And much more!

While the events listed above will be available to all general park attendees, Universal is offering some awesome event-exclusive vacation packages with additional benefits and reserved seating at select events. These special packages will go on sale starting at noon EDT on Thursday, August 21. The expo will be held January 30-February 1, 2015. For more information on the vacation packages, visit Universal’s celebration website here. Last year, tickets sold out in minutes, so be sure to get yours as quickly as you can!

In the meantime, here are some fun videos from the event last year with staff members from MuggleNet as well as cast and crew from the films!

Will you be attending the event in 2015? Let us know what you’re most excited about in the comments below!

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 Press Release

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 Press Release

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND WARNER BROS. TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL “A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” EVENT IN JANUARY 2015

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will Feature Incredible Experiences at Both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

Vacation Packages with Exclusive Benefits, Including Exclusive Q&A Sessions with Harry Potter Film Talent, Go on Sale Thursday, August 21 at Noon EST

Orlando, Fla. (August 14, 2014) – Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced today that they will host the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event – a special event for fans celebrating the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter.

Beginning January 30, 2015, fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences – including the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and more. Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale August 21 and will include exclusive benefits such as access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Full vacation package details are below.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:
 Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)
 Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits of the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
 Enjoy special discussions regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter franchise
 Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket.
 And much more!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley officially opened in Universal Studios Florida on July 8, 2014 bringing even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort. The new land features incredible shops with windows full of magical surprises, authentic dining experiences, a fire-breathing dragon and the new multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Guests with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between London and Hogsmeade. The new immersive area expands upon The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, launched in 2010 in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and doubles the size of the sweeping area already dedicated to Harry Potter’s adventures to create a spectacularly themed environment across both Universal theme parks.
While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and annual passholders, only guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package or annual passholder package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved seating for select events. Packages are limited and will go on sale at noon EST on Thursday, August 21, 2014. See below for full package details.

Packages for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” at Universal Orlando Resort On Sale at Noon EST on August 21, 2014

On-Site Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $219 per adult per night, tax inclusive
 3-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando Resort’s all-new retro-themed moderate & value priced hotel
 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
 Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
 Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
 Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
 Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
 Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
 Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
 Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
 Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk
 Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access

On-Site Deluxe Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $285 per adult per night, tax inclusive
 3-night on-site hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s spectacular deluxe on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort
 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
 Complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks for all three days – a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day
 Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
 Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
 Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
 Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
 Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
 Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
 Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
 Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk

Universal Partner Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $185 per adult per night, tax inclusive
 3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel near Universal Orlando
 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
 Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
 Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
 Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
 Special Guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
 Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
 Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
 Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
 Free scheduled transportation between the hotel and Universal Orlando Resort
 Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access

To book special annual passholder event vacation packages, please call 1-888-343-8991 starting August 21, 2014 at noon EST.

Access to select events within “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included in regular admission to Universal Orlando or with an annual pass. For more information about the event, tickets and vacation packages, visit
www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

About the Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. Each of the seven books by author J.K. Rowling has broken sales records, with the series to date having sold over 450 million copies worldwide and translated into 77 languages. The Harry Potter films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $7.7 billion to date worldwide at the box office, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

About Universal Orlando Resort Vacation like you mean it at Universal Orlando Resort – where every heart pounding, jaw-dropping, goose-bumping second counts.

It is the only place where you can turn spending time with your family into spending time as a family. Together, you can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, become a Minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and join Optimus Prime in the fight to save mankind on the new mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. And now, you can step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.
Universal Orlando Resort is home to two incredible theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure; four magnificently themed on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the newest addition, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort; and Universal CityWalk – a unique dining and entertainment complex featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants, shops and nightclubs. And located just minutes from Universal Orlando Resort is Wet n’ Wild, Orlando’s premier waterpark.

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About Warner Bros. Entertainment

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