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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Artwork Roundup

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With the latest artwork release from Universal Orlando for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion, we figured we’d showcase all the exciting, incredible and amazing artwork released  for all the Wizards, Muggles and Mudbloods to enjoy! More images to come as soon as we get them!

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Halloween Horror Nights 23…all the bloody details!

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Universal Orlando has released all the final details of this years Halloween Horror Nights event. After teasing us for weeks, we must say we are impressed. This year they’re going all out with zombies, zombies and more zombies. We’ve got Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, Evil Dead, and Cabin In The Woods, which all are either about zombies or feature zombies. In addition, all the scare zones are themed to The Walking Dead. We think this will be a vast improvement over last years roaming hoards of scare actors, with the return of richly detailed set pieces. We can’t wait to visit this years event. Take a look below for all the bloody details! Continue reading

Universal Orlando Holiday Celebration 2012

Happy Holidays from UOR

As the holiday season is quickly approaching, Universal Orlando has released details of this year’s events for both parks. The ever popular Grinchmas will return to Islands of Adventure, as well as the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida.

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All we need now is some form of Christmas overlay to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all our holiday wishes would come true! Continue reading

HHN 22 Details Finally Revealed

Universal Orlando finally released the much-anticipated details of Halloween Horror Nights 22 today. This year’s event will feature 7 brand new haunted houses, 3 of which are original and four of which are based off of existing properties. In a departure from past years having original storylines, many of the houses are based upon pop culture properties such as The Walking Dead & Silent Hill. Continue reading

Third House for HHN Announced: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D

Another Halloween Horror Nights update for you: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D is the newest house announcement for 2012. That brings us to three house announcements so far (The Walking Dead & Silent Hill being the others.) We don’t yet have a theme, so feel free to speculate. Once again this haunt will appear on both coasts. Check out all the details below:


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Universal Orlando's new entertainment debuts May 8

Universal Orlando announced their brand new nighttime show, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories, and Superstar Parade will debut on May 8th. They look to be fantastic additions to our favourite resort. Check out all the details in their press release below: Continue reading

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter goes Hollywood…and expands in Orlando

Major updates for Harry Potter fans. Universal Studios Hollywood is expected to announce a major Harry Potter attraction/expansion similar to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. They are holding a media event tomorrow to officially announce the project. In addition, we also hear of the possible expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Read on for details.

First, the Universal Studios Hollywood News from the Los Angeles Times:

“Harry Potter is making his Los Angeles debut on Tuesday. Executives from Universal Studios and Warner Bros. will unveil and for the first time publicly discuss their plans to build the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood at a late-morning news conference.Universal announced the event, stating in an email that it would be “hosting a Butterbeer toast to celebrate a very special announcement.” People close to the matter but not authorized to discuss the event beforehand confirmed it would be the unveiling of plans to duplicate the massively successful Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction from Universal Studios Orlando at the L.A. theme park. Top executives from Warner Bros., which made the “Potter” films and controls licensing rights to author J.K. Rowling’s books about the boy wizard, will be in attendance along with those from Universal. They will include the leaders of both companies: Warner Chairman Barry Meyer and Universal President Ron Meyer (no relation). In addition, demonstrating the significance of what will likely be a huge investment in building the Potter-themed rides and shops, along with the longer-term boost to tourism, California Gov. Jerry Brown will be in attendance.The Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter has brought in more than 7 million people in its first year and was the main driver in a 36% increase at Universal’s park there in the first three months of 2011. The attraction isn’t expected to open at Universal’s Los Angeles location — right next to its film and television studio in Universal City — until 2015 at the earliest.”

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Now to the juicy Orlando details:

The second item of Harry Potter news are the rumours about the expansion for the original Wizarding World at Universal Orlando which is located in Islands of Adventure. We’ve heard from multiple reliable sources that the reason the JAWS Ride and entire Amity section of Universal Studios Florida is being closed is to prepare for a Phase 2 expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The concept here will be that you can visit London, Diagon Alley, Gringott’s Bank and The original Ollivanders Wand Shop before boarding the Hogwarts Express to the existing themed side of Islands of Adventure. These are wild rumours, but with the sucess the park has seen with the first Phase, we’re sure they are rusing to get the expansion built and ready to open as soon as possible. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more!
What do you think about possible copycat attractions in Hollwood? And how do you feel about JAWS being replaced with more magic from the realm of Harry Potter?