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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...

Harry Potter ride seats modified for larger riders

Harry Potter ride seats modified for larger riders Sep 13th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Universal Orlando has modified some seats on ride cars for the new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and many people who couldn't ride the centerpiece attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter should be able to now. When I saw the Wizarding World of Harry Potter during an early preview in May, the ride was not in operation, but the "test seats" outside the ride were working....

Harry Potter ride hits 1 million riders

Harry Potter ride hits 1 million riders Aug 17th, 2010 at 12:15PM: It has been just 60 days since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter threw open the gates of Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort, and already, more than 1 million people have ridden the theme park's centerpiece attraction. Universal says the ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, has set a new record. The 1 million riders claim follows second quarter numbers released last week that...

To quell crowds, Universal halts liquor sales at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

To quell crowds, Universal halts liquor sales at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Jul 12th, 2010 at 3:00PM: It's been almost a month since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened, and folks are still waiting, and waiting, and waiting to see the new attractions at Universal Orlando Resort. In fact, more than 500,000 people have ridden the Wizarding World's centerpiece ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. (But rest assured, none of them were obese.) As the Orlando Sentinel reported,...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter souvenirs now available online

Wizarding World of Harry Potter souvenirs now available online Jul 9th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Universal Orlando's online store is now selling some of the exclusive Harry Potter merchandise available in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme-park stores. Seven categories of Harry Potter merchandise are available: accessories (including this Gryffindor backpack - one of my faves - for $39.95), apparel, collectibles, headwear, home decorations, souvenirs and toys. I've talked...

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...

Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. No, really. I got inside.

Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. No, really. I got inside. May 18th, 2010 at 10:30AM: This is all I can show you of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Monday night, I was a guest at private party thrown by Universal Orlando Resort to show off their newest theme park addition, which, for the most part, has been kept tightly under wraps. The Wizarding World opens one month from today, and after my walk-through last...

Travel Trends: Orlando, Las Vegas top summer destinations for 2010

Travel Trends: Orlando, Las Vegas top summer destinations for 2010 Apr 28th, 2010 at 1:28PM: Perhaps fueled by a sense that the economy is improving, millions of Americans are gearing up to travel this summer. And when it comes to summer travel, Americans are nothing if not decisive about where we want to go. This summer's top two destinations – hands down – are Orlando and Las Vegas, according to a recent survey conducted with members of the American Society of Travel...

Rare find: Cheap, tasty hotel food in Orlando

Rare find: Cheap, tasty hotel food in Orlando Apr 23rd, 2010 at 10:00AM: Yes, those are French fries. Real, freshly cut French fries. And they're awesome. What's more awesome is that you can get those French fries, and the accompanying double bacon cheeseburger for $5.99 at the new CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort in Orlando. And you can wash it down with a $1.50 large soda. Oh, and that cheeseburger? Freshly grilled right in front of you and put on a bun that was...

New video, new details on Universal's Harry Potter dark ride

Apr 9th, 2010 at 5:00PM: Universal Orlando Resort has released a new video that goes inside the dark ride at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In the video, Universal Creative exec Mark Woodbury walks through the waiting area for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and shows off the portrait gallery, featuring some of the school's founders' paintings which come to life. There's another look at Headmaster...

Theme park news roundup: The word of the day is giga-coaster

Apr 7th, 2010 at 3:00PM: The new Intimidator 305 roller coaster has opened at Kings Dominion theme park in Richmond, VA. The coaster, named in honor of the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, has ride cars that look like Earnhardt's famous black Chevy. Earnhardt's daughter Taylor visited the park last week to open the ride. The Intimidator 305 screams along at 92 miles per hour, thanks to a 300-foot drop at the...

Lunching with Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

Lunching with Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort Mar 30th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Last week, Universal Orlando announced an opening date (June 18) for its Wizarding World of Harry Potter and offered more details about the big new ride in Harry Potter land. But the Orlando theme park also gave hardcore Potter fans a glimpse into another important aspect of their new mecca - the food. First up, butterbeer - the drink of choice for all young wizards. The Orlando Sentinel's Dewayne...

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...

Theme park news roundup: Harry Potter, robot rides and cheesy grub(s!)

Theme park news roundup: Harry Potter, robot rides and cheesy grub(s!) Feb 25th, 2010 at 2:34PM: Here's what's happening in theme park news this week. Robot Land announced (Incheon, South Korea) South Korea will be home to the world's first robot theme park when Robot Land opens in Incheon in 2012. Robot Land will have a robotic arm ride, tributes to robot-themed movies such as "Matrix" and "Minority Report," and robot employees and performers. A national robotics lab and office...

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,...

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