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Google Makes Travel Easier For Lazy People

Google Makes Travel Easier For Lazy People Jul 9th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Google's ongoing world digitization is opening up some very cool travel experiences to people sitting in front of their laptops and tablets. Now, rather than spending thousands of dollars, lots of vacation time and a decent amount of physical exertion to see these places, you can arrive by a click and multi-task your exploring as you commute to work, procrastinate a project or tune out in a...

Potter Fans Want Quidditch To Be An Olympic Sport

Potter Fans Want Quidditch To Be An Olympic Sport Jul 10th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Harry Potter fans from around the globe have descended on Oxford, England, to take part in the first major international quidditch tournament and to promote the sport for possible inclusion in future Olympic Games. Players say that the real world version of the fictional sport, created by author J.K. Rowling, is as physically demanding and competitive as Rugby and less ridiculous than some of the...

Rubens At The Palace Allows Guests To Be Harry Potter For The Day, Magic Wand And All

Rubens At The Palace Allows Guests To Be Harry Potter For The Day, Magic Wand And All Apr 4th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Do you ever wish you could be Harry Potter for the day? You know, walk around with a magic wand, wear a cloak and giant glasses, hangout at Gringotts Wizarding Bank and visit all the places the young wizard himself did? With a stay at Rubens at the Palace in London, now you can. The luxury boutique hotel, which is located across from Buckingham Palace, is currently offering a "Harry Potter...

Harry Potter park serves up 1 millionth Butterbeer

Harry Potter park serves up 1 millionth Butterbeer Jan 6th, 2011 at 4:30PM: It's not just a beverage, it's an experience. That's the word from Universal Orlando Resort, which said today that the company has sold 1 million Butterbeers in its Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The creamy-smooth concoction is a favorite drink in the Harry Potter books and movies, and it's also a favorite at the theme park, where guests will wait in ride-sized lines to buy a cup. Last...

Riders of size not welcome on Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park ride

Riders of size not welcome on Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park ride Jun 24th, 2010 at 3:30PM: When it comes to overweight guests, none of the magic spells or potions in the world are enough to make them fit in the flagship ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The ride, "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" is one of the most modern theme park rides in the world, and our very own Leigh Caldwell described it as "not childs play". In fact, when she got a very early sneak peek...

Neville Longbottom has words for London mayor: Harry Potter belongs in Florida!

Jun 17th, 2010 at 5:00PM: At this morning's press conference for the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, actor Matthew Lewis, who plays the ever-important Neville Longbottom in the movie series, was asked what he thought about Boris Johnson's recent dig at Orlando. The London mayor complained that the theme park for Harry Potter, as a British property, ought to be in Britain. Lewis doesn't...

Win an exclusive Wizarding World of Harry Potter magic wand!

Win an exclusive Wizarding World of Harry Potter magic wand! Jun 17th, 2010 at 11:30AM: On Friday, the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens it doors to the public. As part of the opening celebration, we received a gorgeous boxed wand, along with a few other goodies. To celebrate the opening, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win the wand - you'll need to be a die-hard Harry Potter fan, because this is a very special limited edition prize. To enter, just tell...

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter open for guests tomorrow

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter open for guests tomorrow Jun 17th, 2010 at 10:30AM: It has taken several years to complete - but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open its gates to guests tomorrow, June 18. During the past couple of days, the park has hosted members of the press, as well as a few lucky Potter fans for a soft opening. At last nights grand opening celebration, Harry Potter film stars Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint...

London mayor rails against Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Florida location

London mayor rails against Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Florida location Jun 9th, 2010 at 11:30AM: London's mayor wants a piece of the Harry Potter pie. With the Wizarding World of Harry Potter set to open at Universal Orlando next week, Boris Johnson is appealing to British children and their "Potter-fiend parents" to writ to Potter movie studio Warner Bros, Universal and Potter author J.K. Rowling to "bring Harry home to Britain." In a column in the London Telegraph, Johnson points out...

Abercrombie & Kent: Five cinema-cations around the world

Abercrombie & Kent: Five cinema-cations around the world May 22nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: You may not have that look that Hollywood craves, but you still want to get close to the action, right? You want to touch the greatness that comes with being splashed across screens from coast to coast. Thanks to the latest concept from luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, you don't need talent. The latest "cinema-cation" packages send you to the locations where some of the hottest movies...

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open on June 18th!

Mar 25th, 2010 at 12:30PM: As promised, Universal Orlando just revealed the highly anticipated opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - June 18th 2010. The opening date announcement also revealed some more information on the biggest secret in theme park rides - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. This ride is described as the "first-ever combination of advanced robotic ride system technology with...

Grand opening date of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be revealed next week!

Grand opening date of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be revealed next week! Mar 18th, 2010 at 10:00PM: March 25th is a date many Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for - on that day, Universal Orlando will reveal the opening date of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The park has slowly been revealing its secrets, but the opening date was the one big detail they kept from us. As you can see from the picture above - 12 PM EST is when you'll want to have your browser at...

Universal Orlando resort reveals its first Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package

Universal Orlando resort reveals its first Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package Feb 21st, 2010 at 4:00PM: Even though the exact opening date has not been revealed, Universal Orlando just revealed its first Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package. Starting at $645 per adult ($1,548 for a family of four), guests can enjoy the new resort with the following benefits: Four-night accommodations at one of Universal's three on-site AAA Four Diamond hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel,...

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter reveals more with its new website

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter reveals more with its new website Feb 3rd, 2010 at 5:30PM: Harry Potter fans are going to love this - Universal Orlando just opened the doors to the new website for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Up till now, we didn't have that many details to work with, other than a few glimpses of Hogwarts (and a teaser video clip for during the Super Bowl). Thanks to the new site, a huge amount of new details are coming to light - the site describes the...

Universal Orlando's top secret Harry Potter Super Bowl ad reveals more mysteries

Feb 3rd, 2010 at 1:00PM: Last week, we let you take yourself on a tour of some of the attractions at the upcoming "Wizarding World of Harry Potter". If you want to see even more of what this new park has to offer, check out the video above, courtesy of our friends over at WalletPop. The ad is set to air on Sunday February 7th. In the clip, you see everything you'd expect from a Potter themed ad - broomsticks,...

Explore the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with your webcam and a copy of USA Today

Explore the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with your webcam and a copy of USA Today Jan 28th, 2010 at 6:30PM: In Spring, Universal Orlando Resort will open the doors to the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In the past couple of weeks, several images have been released, showing a little bit of what you can expect at this 20-acre themed environment. Universal took things one step beyond boring images, and teamed up with USA Today to bring guests an augmented reality preview of the park. ...

Stay in a spooky castle this Halloween, Harry Potter style

Stay in a spooky castle this Halloween, Harry Potter style Oct 14th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Ashford Castle in Ireland is spooking it up for Halloween this year, Hogwarts style. Kids and adults alike are invited to visit the castle for a two-night stay anytime between October 23 and November 2, and partake in the following Harry Potter and Halloween themed activities, taking advantage of the castle's unique features like hidden rooms and woodlands: Day One: Visit to the...

Gadlinks for Friday 9.18.09

Gadlinks for Friday 9.18.09 Sep 18th, 2009 at 6:00PM: I'm both happy and sad that it's Friday: happy because this begins my final weekend on the mainland before I head home after two months of travel; sad because I have to say goodbye to my adorable nephew. Every Friday brings something new and exciting, so does the world and so do these interesting reads for this Friday installment of Gadlinks. Enjoy! I love traveling to remote places in the...

The Harry-est Town in America

The Harry-est Town in America May 10th, 2007 at 11:45AM: What's the Harry-est town in America? And I don't mean body fuzz. Amazon is running a contest to find out what U.S. town (on a per capita basis) will pre-order the most copies of the new Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Interesting concept? Yes. Genius marketing idea? Absolutely. The winning town will be announced shortly after the end of the contest at 11:59 PM PDT on July...

Harry Potter and the Overhead Bin

Harry Potter and the Overhead Bin Sep 15th, 2006 at 9:12AM: Children around the globe breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when airport officials allowed author J.K. Rowling to board her plane back to London from new York. You see, she was carrying with her the manuscript for the latest Harry Potter book (number seven, I believe, tentatively titled Harry Potter and the Overhead Bin. The beloved children's book author had participated in a book reading for...

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