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!
Upon opening the sealed letter, we discovered a “pop-up” sleeve, holding our Hogwarts Express Ticket (taking off from Platform 9 3/4!) and our invitation with the details printed on the back. The event will be taking place the night before the public grand opening, and we are to RSVP via telephone, e-mail, or by owl.
Underneath the envelope, there was another box – a long, slender box…. with a wand inside of it!! It looks like a replica of Harry’s wand from the movies. (I know this because I own a way-less-awesome plastic version of it.)
We can only imagine that the wand is one of the 13 varieties they’ll be selling at Ollivanders Wand Shop in Hogsmeade. (The original branch of the store was of course located in Diagon Alley – this is apparently a second branch.) The wand is certinaly not made of wood or plastic – it feels metal to the touch, so its fairly sturdy. Little ones will find it difficult to break it too easily. And of course, we had to give it a try (I was secretly hoping magical sparks would fly out the end of it and wind would start blowing around in our office while we were bathed in a golden light… alas, no such luck. Bullocks!)
WWoHP will open in less than two months! Check back often for updates, and as soon as we hear anything about possible soft opening days, we’ll be sure to let you know. For more information or to purchase Discount Universal Tickets, visit our website or Kissimmee Location, The Official Ticket Center. You may also call us toll-free at 1-877-406-4836.