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Harry Potter Celebration Update

More details are being released about the 2015 Harry Potter Celebration, featuring cast members from the films. The event will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Universal Orlando. Of course, the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida will heighten the excitement.

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Diagon Alley Preview & Potter Celebration

The blogosphere is atwitter over a live webcast taking place on Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m., to announce details of the new Wizarding World Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. The anticipated opening for new Harry Potter-themed land is summer 2014. Already the Hogswart Express is in place. It will take visitors from the Wizard World of [...]

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Hogwarts Express Taking Shape

The Hogwarts Express is inching toward visibility at Universal Orlando. According to hypable.com, an elevated train track is now visible, the first evidence of real train elements. It’s expected that the Hogwarts Express will connect the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure with the proposed London/Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. Hypable [...]

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Seth Kubersky Dishes on Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Our man in Orlando, Seth Kubersky, co-author of Universal Orlando 2013: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure, discussed all things Harry Potter with Darren of ┬áthe Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. The interview was part of the podcast’s “Walk the Walk” series on Island of Adventure. Seth presented his take on the various [...]

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Universal Orlando Announces Holiday Schedule

Admittedly, we were a tad hesitant to post a Christmas-related item even before Halloween treats have been given out. Or Penn & Teller and Alice Cooper had left their haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights. But according to Universal Orlando 2013: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure, the heaviest tourism season is [...]

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Insider Info on New Hogwarts Express

It’s no secret that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding from Islands of Adventure to Universal Studios Florida connected by the Hogwarts Express. The new attraction will have a London/Diagon Alley theme, featuring a Gringotts thrill ride, a new restaurant, a larger Ollivander’s Wand Shop, and other elements from the Harry Potter series. [...]

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Hogwart’s Express Train Under Construction?

The rumors have been circulating among various theme park sites that Hogwart’s Express Train is under construction at Universal Studios. Richard Bilbao of the Orlando Business Journal comments on those rumors, but they’re still just rumors. Universal is doing what it does best — remaining mum and letting the anticipation build on that as well [...]

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Get Your U-Bot: Universal Offers a New Ride Reservation system

Universal Orlando is testing a new ride reservation system at Islands of Adventure, but it might be best to bring along an Universal interpreter (and extra money) if you want to save a seat for the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. “Team Members” will be located near the exit to Islands of Adventure to pitch the [...]

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Spider-Man Ride on Hiatus

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man closed Feb. 7, but fans needn’t worry. It’s only for a month or so while workers upgrade the ride with 4K digital high-definition technology. In the previous incarnation, passengers wore 3-D glasses while riding in a news van that’s following Spidey while he fights off the bad guys.

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Going to Harry Potter? Go On a Diet First

There are more and more reports that “larger guests” (to use the preferred euphemism) are not able to fit into the ride restraints of the incredible new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.

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