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

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

Harry Potter Stars Visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Harry Potter Stars Robbie Coltrane, Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, and  James & Oliver Phelps in Hogsmeade Village

Harry Potter Stars Robbie Coltrane, Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, and James & Oliver Phelps in Hogsmeade Village

Universal Orlando Resort welcomed some of the Harry Potter film stars yesterday to preview the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Matt Lewis (Neville), Emma Watson (Hermione), and James & Oliver Phelps (Fred & George) were invited to walk the streets of Hogsmeade Village, check out the shops and restaurants, and taste Butterbeer for the first time! 

Check out these photos and video, courtesy of our pals over at Attractions Magazine. Continue reading

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – May Photo Update!

The view of Hogwarts castle and Hogsmeade Village from across the lake, upon first entering Islands of Adventure
The view of Hogwarts castle and Hogsmeade Village from across the lake, upon first entering Islands of Adventure

 

The Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWoHP) is fast approaching, with June 18th being just over a month away.  This past week, we ventured to Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort to check out the construction progress.  The attention to detail within Hogsmeade Village is utterly magical, and uber Potterheads are sure to be awed the moment they pass under the impressive archway.

Check out our photo update: Continue reading

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Construction Update

Construction is still very much underway at Hogsmeade Village

Construction is still very much underway at Hogsmeade Village

Attractions Magazine has posted their final (probably) construction update of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, set to open June 18th at Islands of Adventure.  The theme park blog has posted numerous photos, taken from the current Lost Continent area and the Dueling Dragons queue line and ride.  They’ve also posted a video of the construction update, posted below. Continue reading

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Grand Opening Invitation!

The Hogwarts "trunk" we received with our invitation inside!

The Hogwarts "trunk" we received with our invitation inside!

Universal Studios Orlando sent us invitations to the Grand Opening party of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!  You can only imagine our extreme excitement.  As we all know by now, the WWoHP is set to open June 18th at Islands of Adventure.  As you can see above, we received a box that looks a lot like a smaller version of the Hogwarts trunks the students use in the movies.  Inside, there was a letter sealed with a wax stamp (featuring the Wizarding World logo.)  We were all aquiver!  Continue reading

Wizarding World – Exclusive Interview with Art Director

Alan Gilmore - Art Director for two Harry Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Alan Gilmore - Art Director for two Harry Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Attractions Magazine posted an exclusive interview with Alan Gilmore from the Entertainment Designers Forum.  Gilmore was the art director on two of the Harry Potter films and his current project is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, set to open June 18th at Islands of Advenutre at Universal Orlando Resort.  Attractions Mag posted a video on their site, where Gilmore confirms some more details about the new World and the attraction.  Continue reading

Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Highly Anticipated Details about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

In a press statement released yesterday, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer products revealed “first ever details about the incredible scope of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”  Actor Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise, was on hand in Orlando for the big reveal, stating “Universal has given me the great honor in revealing to the world that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be opening it’s gates Spring 2010.” Continue reading