Wizarding World of Harry Potter Soft Opens at Islands of Adventure

Guests get their first up-close sight of Hogwarts Castle.  Photo Courtesy of Attractions Magazine.

Guests get their first up-close sight of Hogwarts Castle. Photo Courtesy of Attractions Magazine.

Universal Orlando Resort has begun allowing regular park guests, or Muggles, to venture into the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located at Islands of Adventure.  Last week, only Universal hotel guests were let in to the WWoHP, but starting on Tuesday, general IoA park guests have been admitted into the new addition each morning for a couple hours.

With less than two weeks to go before the Grand Opening on June 18th, the soft openings and continued release of photos and videos are truly amping up the anticipation!  (The new WWoHP billboards on Interstate 4 are awesome!)  In fact, our Wizarding World of Harry Potter page on our website went live yesterday, and we are extrememly excited to be the discount ticket provider for Muggles all over the world! Continue reading

Busch Gardens Howl-o-Scream 2010

Screen Grab of the Howl-o-Scream 2010 website

Screen Grab of the Howl-o-Scream 2010 website

Busch Gardens Tampa has revealed (kind of) their Howl-o-Scream 2010 theme.  Although there aren’t really any details on the website, it seems as though there is going to be a concert theme – the “most electrifying” HoS ever, apparently.   Tickets are already available for pre-sale and the schedule has been posted.  And yes, we will probably be offering Discount Howl-o-Scream Tickets, so be on the look out! Continue reading

Wet n Wild Summer Beach Bash

Wet n Wild Summer Beach Bash

Wet ‘n Wild, one of the awesome Orlando water parks, will be offering extended hours and extra summer fun June 11th through August 20th.  This summer, guests will be able to splash in the waves, soak up the sun, and party all afternoon and into the evening during Wet ‘n Wild’s Summer Beach Bash! Continue reading

Disney Water Parks – Fun for the Whole Family!

Make a splash at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach!

Make a splash at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach!

 

Stay cool this summer with two amazing Orlando water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach – at the Walt Disney World Resort!  Both Disney water parks are fun for the whole family, offering both thrilling water slides and kid-friendly attractions. 

Here at The Official Ticket Center, we offer both discounted single-day Disney water park tickets and the Water Park Fun and More ticket option.

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Orlando Attractions Magazine – Tons of Wizarding World Videos!

Attractions Magazine has posted a ton of videos from within Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is opening for Universal Orlando Hotel guests this week.  WWoHP is set to open at Islands of Adventure on June 18th and will be included with general park admission and with your purchase of Discount Islands of Adventure Tickets.

Check out this video of a boy being chosen by a wand at Ollivanders, and many more on the Attractions Magazine YouTube Channel!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens for Hotel Package Guests

Photo Courtesy of Chris Nash and Attractions Magazine

Photo Courtesy of Chris Nash and Attractions Magazine

Universal Orlando Resort hotel package holders lined up outside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this morning, awaiting the chance to be some of the first Muggles (non-magical folk) to walk the streets of Hogsmeade Village.  Guests who booked the WWoHP Vacation Package received early admission into the highly anticipated addition at Islands of Adventure – guests who did not book the package will have to wait for the grand opening on June 18th. 

Tons of photos and videos have been taken and posted on Twitter and Facebook fan pages, as well as on our affiliate site – Orlando Attractions Magazine.  Check out some of my favorites below: Continue reading

Busch Gardens Summer Nights 2010

BG Summer Nights

Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida is amping up the fun in 2010 during their Summer Nights seasonal event starting June 11th and running through August 15th.  Guests will enjoy extended hours at the park, with more contemporary entertainment, more special effects, and more reasons to stay and play! 

Park hours for Summer Nights will be extended until 9:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and until 10:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Summer Nights will be included with general park admission and with your purchase of Discount Busch Gardens Tickets. Continue reading

Cirque du Soleil – Closed May 23 through June 7

Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, located at Downtown Disney West Side, will be dark from May 23rd through June 7th.  There will not be any shows running during this time.  Cirque du Soleil, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is the perfect way to spend an evening during your vacation! La Nouba is a mesmerizing and extraordinary avant-garde circus spectacle performed indoors – perfect for upcoming rainy summer weather. Continue reading

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – #potterwatch on Twitter

@kcardin09 "Same old story at gates. #potterwatch I'm on duty here another hr http://twitpic.com/1rbfpq "

@kcardin09 "Same old story at gates. #potterwatch I'm on duty here another hr http://twitpic.com/1rbfpq "

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opens its gates in a mere 23 days at Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort.  As such, Potterheads and Orland theme park enthusiasts are going a bit wonky with the anticipation!  I, for one, have already downloaded a countdown widget for my computer, I have Universal employees on standy-by to let me know if they hear about any soft openings, and I purposefully didn’t pack my Gryffindor house tie and wand, on the off chance that I’ll get a chance to to see WWoHP before I move in June. 

Potter fans have turned to Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date with all of the WWoHP news and rumors. Continue reading

Star Wars Weekends Start at Hollywood Studios

Stormtroopers take position at the turnstiles at Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends.

Stormtroopers take position at the turnstiles at Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends.

This weekend marked the first of four Star Wars Weekends happening at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  The event takes place every weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) through June 13th.  At Star Wars Weekends, guests will find an entire saga’s worth of characters and more celebrities than ever before on hand for autographs, pictures, motorcades, Q & A sessions, and more!  The event is included with general park admission and with your purchase of Discount Disney Tickets.

 Orlando Sentinel’s Dewayne Bevil has posted some insider tips and information that will help you make the most of your galactic vacation! Continue reading