Hold your hippogriffs, Potter fans! Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. are teaming up to host “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” an all-ages special event that will run from Jan. 24-26, 2014.
Spanning both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, this wizards’ wingding will offer up unforgettable activities like interactive Q&A sessions with some of the franchise’s premier talent. Celebrity participants will be announced at a later date, but vacation packages including access to exclusive events (private evening reception at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, anyone?!) go on sale Thursday, August 22 at noon EST. And numbers are extremely limited.
Bedlam on broomsticks: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey — Photo courtesy of 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.
Among the benefits: relive your favorite points on the Potter timeline via a film tribute with Harry Potter talent in attendance and a wand masterclass hosted by the films’ choreographer, Paul Harris.
Guests, of course, will have access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where they can take to the skies above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – one of Orlando’s most breathtaking thrill rides– partake of the Butterbeer at the Hog’s Head Pub and choose a wand at Ollivanders.
Soar like a wizard, then party like a rock star at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando — Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
The Potter Celebration is open to all park guests and annual passholders, but exclusive events and reserve seating are available via package purchase only. Vacation packages include three-day accommodations and a three-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, along with private evening event entry, reserved area access for Harry Potter film tribute, Q&A sessions and wand masterclass, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more!
With three great options for on-site accommodations, perhaps the decision is best left to the Sorting Hat — Photo courtesy of 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.
Off-site packages start at $395 per person. On-site packages – choices include the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort or Hard Rock Hotel – start at $695. Each property’s a gem, so feel free to let the Sorting Hat decide.