Tickets Available for 5th Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando January 26-28, 2018

Universal Orlando announced the 5th Celebration of Harry Potter will take place at the Florida resort the weekend of January 26-28, 2018.  The fan event features stars from the Harry Potter universe including, for the first time, Stanislav Yanevski – the actor who played Viktor Krum in the 2005 film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  In addition to film talent, the weekend includes a Harry Potter Expo, panels, demonstrations, film screenings, and, of course, access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at both Universal Orlando theme parks.  Continue reading below for more details on the 5th Celebration of Harry Potter, and click here for a recap of our family’s visit to the event.

Universal Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley

From Universal Orlando’s Press Release

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced the return of “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” on January 26-28, 2018. This ultimate fan event can only be experienced at Universal Orlando Resort and will feature an array of interactive and engaging experiences that will allow guests to celebrate their love for the stories from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

For the first time in event history, Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) will attend the special event and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside returning fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley). More talent will be announced at a later date.

5th Celebration of Harry Potter Returns Jan 26 - 28

During the 3-day celebration, guests will also have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with select film talent (complete talent lineup will be announced at a later date)
  • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique activities and displays from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World at the Harry Potter Expo
  • Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket
  • And much more!

Celebration vacation packages are on sale now. On-site hotel packages start at $285 per adult per night, including tax, and include exclusive benefits such as special guest access to the Harry Potter Expo, admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, special access to panels and demonstrations and special access to new Workshops – more details coming soon.

Packages also include three-night hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel and three-day two-park, park-to-park tickets to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents. Packages are available on a first come, first served basis. For complete details and other packages available, click here.

Harry Potter Chalk Art Walk

Prepare to be blown away by some of the most talented chalk artists who will draw your favorite characters and scenes from Harry Potter, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

You can also let your creativity shine and show off your skills in the fan chalk art gallery that will be on display throughout the entire event.

5th Celebration of Harry Potter Returns Jan 26 - 28

Harry Potter chalk art walk, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris

This interactive panel will offer you the chance to pick up your wand and take part in a live dueling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and featuring the world’s only Wand Combat Chorographer, Paul Harris. *Kids panel will also be offered for guests ages 12 and under

Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Harry Potter Knowledge Challenge

It’s time to finally put those trivia skills to the test. This audience-participation game will have fans of all ages showing off how well they really know the Harry Potter films.

5th Celebration of Harry Potter Returns Jan 26 - 28

Harry Potter knowledge challenge, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

Dance like a Beauxbatons and Battle like a Durmstrang

At this demonstration, you’ll learn the movements and techniques from a Universal Orlando choreographer that works with the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students who perform at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Beauxbatons at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Access to A Celebration of Harry Potter is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual or seasonal pass. Certain activities are first-come, first-served. Exclusive event vacation packages are also available for purchase and include special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.  For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, click here.

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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.