A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort January 2014

Universal Orlando added a “special event” to its calendar with “A Celebration of Harry Potter” January 24-26, 2014.  Following in the mold of Disney’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will include meet & greets and panel discussions with Harry Potter actors and filmmakers, and a wand dueling lesson that’s featured at the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.  While the event is open and included in admission to the Universal Orlando theme parks, a private evening reception inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will only be available by purchasing the Harry Potter Celebration Vacation Package (on sale August 22, 2013).  Continue reading for more details from Universal Orlando’s press release.

A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

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From Universal Orlando Resort’s Press Release

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced they will host A Celebration of Harry Potter a special event for fans of all ages that will celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the Warner Bros. feature films.

Beauxbatons at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Beginning January 24, 2014, fans will enjoy three days of unforgettable experiences – including interactive Q&As with Harry Potter talent and more.  Special event vacation packages will go on sale August 22 and will include exclusive benefits such as access to a private evening reception held in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.   Full vacation package details are below.

Guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter talent, filmmakers, and other special guests (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)
  • Revisit some of their favorite Harry Potter film moments during a film tribute with Harry Potter talent and filmmakers (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)
  • Learn the art of “dueling” at a wand masterclass that’s featured at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and hosted by Paul Harris – the choreographer who trained the cast of the Harry Potter films
  • And much more!

Guests will also have access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where they can soar above Hogwarts on the thrilling attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, sip Butterbeer at the Hog’s Head pub, see a wand choose a wizard in Ollivanders, explore iconic shops like Honeydukes, Zonko’s, and more.

Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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 special event package will enjoy exclusive benefits and reserved seating for select events.  Packages are extremely limited and go on sale at noon EST on Thursday, August 22.  See full package details at the bottom of this post.

Also in 2014, the Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter will expand with London’s Diagon Alley and a signature Gringotts bank attraction currently under construction at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.  Guests will be transported between the two Harry Potter lands in the separate theme parks via Hogwarts Express.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express

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Packages for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” at Universal Orlando Resort On Sale at Noon EST on August 22, 2013

On-Site Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at  $675 per adult, tax inclusive
  • 3-night accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s award-winning on-site hotels – including complimentary Universal Express access to select rides and attractions
  • 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida
  • Access to the exclusive evening reception held in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Reserved seating for select events – including the Harry Potter film tribute, Q&A sessions and the wand masterclass
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and breakfast at the Three Broomsticks
Off-Site Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at  $395 per adult, tax inclusive
  • 3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel near Universal Orlando
  • 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida
  • Access to all celebration activities– including reserved seating for select events and access to the exclusive evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and breakfast at the Three Broomsticks
  • Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.