April 16, 2014

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Universal Offers Harry Potter 3-D Commemorative Ticket For Limited Time

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Harry Potter fans who purchase an annual pass, multi-day ticket or a park-to-park ticket between now and September 30 will receive a 3-D ticket that commemorates this summer’s opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The ticket features one of the images used in promotional campaigns for the park, which opened to the public on June 18: Daniel Radcliffe (as Harry Potter) riding on a broomstick with a lit wand in his hand.
The individually numbered tickets can be picked up from the Trading Company store at Universal’s Islands of Adventure by using a voucher that is given to customers who make one of the required purchases listed above. The vouchers must be redeemed by January 7, 2011 and are limited in quantity.
Details about the commemorative tickets can be found on Universal’s website at this link.
Image courtesy of Universal Orlando
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Ride at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Has Malfunctioned (Updated)

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: The Forbidden Journey ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park has malfunctioned, trapping riders upside down, reports CF News 13.
The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure has malfunctioned, according to Orlando Fire.
Riders are trapped upside-down.
Orlando Fire and Rescue is on the scene.
More details will be provided as they become available.
UPDATE: As of 10:06pm EST, it is being reported that all 132 riders have been safely evacuated.
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My Thoughts on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: I’ve spent the majority of the past three days in full geek mode, attending the Infinitus 2010 fan convention in Orlando, FL. One of the highlights of this weekend for me was my visit on Friday to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
By now, there have been so many reports about visits to the park that what I’m about to say will be nothing new: I was simply BLOWN. AWAY. There are simply no words to describe how I felt walking through that park and looking up to see Hogwarts right above my head. Incidentally, I happened to approach the WWoHP from the back side, not the Hogsmeade entrance (it’s my son’s fault, he wanted to go to Jurassic Park), so I didn’t get as overwhelmed at the complete sight as I thought I would, but people were still veering away from me as if I were crazy at my repeated exclaimations of “there it is, there it is, THERE IT IS!!!”

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I will say this right away: while I was in complete awe and very excited to see the whole park, I didn’t get much of a chance to thoroughly enjoy it. It was way too hot for my liking (temp-wise), which affected me physically, so I was only able to ride the rides once each. Also, the crowds were still a bit large, which made it impossible for me to visit Ollivander’s and some of the other shops. So I’m hoping for another visit within the next year, so that I can fully explore the park at my leisure. Aside from those minor things, here are some of my thoughts:
1) The attention to detail was, in a word, exceptional. Universal spared no expense, and the various details – even the minor ones – left this Potter fan as giddy as a six-year old. The article about Sirius Black’s capture in front of the Three Broomsticks really moved, and transported me back to the first time I saw Prisoner of Azkaban. The moving props in the storefronts were whimsical, enchanting, and any other magical word you can think to describe them.
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2) The Three Broomsticks provided some unexpected entertainment. I’m not sure how many people have seen it, since I [...]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Slideshow

HollywoodNews.com: I’ve spent the majority of the past three days in full geek mode, attending the Infinitus 2010 fan convention in Orlando, FL. One of the highlights of this weekend for me was my visit on Friday to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. View highlights from my trip in the slideshow below:

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Potter Theme Park Ride Named Best New Attraction

HollywoodNews.com:Theme Park Insider announced the winners of their 9th annual Theme Park Insider Awards, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter spurred wins in two of the categories.
For Best Theme Park, Universal’s Islands of Adventures Park won the top honors, beating out runners-up Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney World. Theme Park Insider said of the park:
Propelled by the runaway enthusiasm for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the Theme Park Insider Award-winning Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Universal’s Islands of Adventure reclaims the title as the nation’s top theme park by winning the 2010 Theme Park Insider Award.
As mentioned in the quote, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey won the Best New Attraction category by a wide margin. According to the site, Theme Park Insider’s readers not only gave the ride the highest ratings for any attraction that has debuted in the past year, but they also gave it the high distinction of being the best theme park ride in America.
The runners-up in this category were the World of Color attraction at Disney California Adventure, and Intimidator at the Carowinds.
Theme Park Insider is a fan site where visitors to theme parks can get the latest news, reviews, and discuss everything related to theme parks.
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park has grand opening

HollywoodNews.com: The highly-anticipated “Wizard World of Harry Potter Theme Park” in Orlando, Florida finally had its preview part last night to gear up for the official launch.
Among stars that showed up to celebrate the event were “Harry Potter’s” own Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and even creator J.K. Rowling.

In addition, composer John Williams showed up to lead the Orlando Philharmonic through a performance at the foot of the Hogwarts castle, reports Orlando Sentinel.

One of the highlights of the night was a huge light show that was projected onto the castle, which entertained guests as they sipped on free butterbeer and Hog’s Head Brew.
The 20-acre theme park will officially open to the public this Friday, June 18th.
Watch some videos from the event below:

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