Universal CityWalk Hollywood is selling Butterbeer, no park admission required. Is it a sign of things to come?
While that may result in saved lives for Southern California’s theme parks, it’s meant months of no income. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Sweets & Treats kiosk is open on select days until further notice. For Universal, butterbeer has proven to be a major attraction and a must-try for nearly every tourist visiting the Wizarding World. The three-story, 20,000-square-foot retail experience will offer exclusive merchandise including wands, and numerous food and beverage offerings.Last year, the Warner Bros. Each major new investment means ongoing negotiations with Warner Bros., which Universal must keep happy.orlandoweekly.com
Wands, quills and brooms: LEGO creates spellbinding ‘Harry Potter’ Diagon Alley set
Now fans of Harry Potter can enjoy an incredible new LEGO Harry Potter set that brings the Wizarding World’s Diagon Alley to your home. Harry Potter Diagon Alley LEGO set (LEGO)The more than 5,000 piece set features the iconic hidden wizard street with stores like Ollivander’s wand shop, Flourish & Blotts bookstore and the colorful Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes joke shop. Diagon Alley is the biggest set I’ve designed to-date and I am really proud of how it has come together" said Marcos Bessa, LEGO Harry Potter design lead. Marcos Bessa, LEGO Harry Potter design lead (LEGO)“On the inside of the model there is so much to discover. True Harry Potter fans can also check out the Hogwarts Castle, astronomy tower, or Hedwig owl sets.
'Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle' show debuts at Universal Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla - Universal Orlando has debuted its highly anticipated new show, "Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle," at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Island's of Adventure. Universal officials said the new show will unleash the darker side of the popular "Harry Potter" franchise. Special effects and lightning illuminate Hogwarts Castle as sinister creatures and villains like mountain trolls, dementors, death eaters, spiders and even the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, cast their shadows and spells. Guests will come face-to-face with Death Eaters, the devoted followers of Lord Voldemort. The new show will run select nights Sept. 14 through Nov. 15 in the Wizarding of World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.
New tour takes fans inside Harry Potter films
ORLANDO, Fla. – It's hard to believe, but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened almost 2 years ago at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The "Making of Harry Potter Tour" opened March 31 at Warner Brothers Studios in England. The tour gives fans a close look at the sets, props, costumes and special effects from the movie franchise. A similar tour has been running at Warner Brothers Studios in California for years. One of the main attractions at the new exhibit is a miniature model of Hogwarts Castle that was used for aerial shots in the films.