New Experiences at Universal Hollywood include Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Earlier this year, Universal Orlando announced Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and now Universal Studios Hollywood has followed suit.  Christmas is coming to Hogwarts’ West Coast campus too. Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter will bring a light projection show to Hogwarts Castle and festive holiday décor and food.  In addition, Universal Studios Hollywood announced the addition of DreamWorks Animation’s characters at the DreamWorks Theatre opening in 2018. Continue reading for more details on Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the other new additions to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood

Tour the streets of Hogsmeade at WWoHP at Universal Studios Hollywood, photo by Michelle Rae Uy

From Universal Studios Hollywood’s Press Release

This holiday season, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce “Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” transforming Hogwarts Castle into a breathtaking light projection show that captures the spirit of the yuletide season.

Hogsmeade village will also shine brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed food and beverages including hot Butterbeer.

A special time in the Harry Potter series, the all-new “Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter” tradition invites guests to celebrate this part of J.K. Rowling’s compelling story for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with impressive dimensional animations that melodically dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from of the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

DreamWorks Animation’s Characters Headline All-New Attraction

With DreamWorks Animation’s recent acquisition, Universal Studios Hollywood will soon roll out the red carpet for a unique, never before seen DreamWorks Theatre attraction. Opening in 2018, this newly designed venue will play host to a variety of action-packed DreamWorks Animation themed attractions beginning with the multi-sensory adventure inspired by the global blockbuster franchise Kung Fu Panda, and created in partnership with Universal Creative and DreamWorks’ Artists. This new technologically advanced attraction will take guests on a legendary journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for a highly engaging and immersive, unstoppable-awesome experience.

DreamWorks Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood

Meet the lovable DreamWorks characters that will join Universal Studios Hollywood beginning in summer 2017 to entertain guests and pose for memorable photos. Newly introduced characters will include: Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress; Madagascar’s Alex the Lion, The Penguins—Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, and King Julian; Trolls’ Poppy and Branch; Shrek’s Puss ‘n Boots will join existing characters Shrek and Fiona. These many new entertaining characters will join the vast array of Universal Studios Hollywood’s many other diverse walk-about characters.

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Hello Kitty, the beloved global pop icon created by the Japanese company Sanrio, joins Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018. Hello Kitty and her signature red bow, along with more Sanrio friends including My Melody, Keroppi, and Chococat, will be featured on park-exclusive merchandise including accessories, apparel, collectibles, and confectionery. Highlights of the exclusive product offerings include designs incorporating classic Universal titles such as Jaws, ET, Back to the Future and more. Hello Kitty herself will also appear to meet and greet guests.

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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.