Connect with us

News & Press Releases

“A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films” at Universal Orlando Resort to feature cast and filmmaker appearances





Special Event Hosted by
Warner Bros. to Feature Three Days of
Cast Member and Filmmaker Appearances, Autograph Signings, Q&A Sessions and
Film Screenings

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort
announced today that special vacation packages will go on sale Sunday, July 31st
that will give guests the opportunity to attend "A Celebration of the Harry
Potter Films." This special event will be hosted by Warner Bros. and will
celebrate a decade of movie history by allowing fans to share their love for
the Harry Potter films. The event will take place from Friday, November 11, to
Sunday, November 13, at Universal's Islands of Adventure, home to The Wizarding
World of Harry Potter.

During this special
event, guests can celebrate their favorite memories and stories of Harry Potter
with filmmakers, cast members and fellow fans.  While all theme park
guests will be able to enjoy The Wizarding World of Harry Potter during their
visit, only a limited number of guests and those who buy special event packages
will have access to exclusive benefits such as:

  • A spectacular evening gala in The Wizarding
    World of Harry Potter
  • Autograph signings with stars from the Harry
    Potter films
  • Q&A sessions with Harry Potter filmmakers
    and cast members, along with the creators of The Wizarding World of Harry
  • Screenings of all eight Harry Potter films – including
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" – at the AMC Universal
    Cineplex 20 in Universal CityWalk.  Access to the screenings can be
    added to the vacation packages for an additional fee. 

Throughout the three-day
celebration, guests will also be able to explore The Wizarding World of Harry
Potter, where the wonder, excitement and adventure of the Harry Potter films
come to life.  They will enjoy experiences such as soaring above Hogwarts
on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, sipping Butterbeer
in Hogsmeade and being inside Ollivanders
and seeing a wand choose its wizard.   

The primary way to
participate in celebration events is by purchasing one of Universal Orlando's
special vacation packages.  Packages are extremely limited and go on sale
at noon EDT on Sunday, July 31. Guests can choose from two vacation package
options:  the Celebration Vacation Package and the Premier Vacation
Package. There will be additional ways for a limited number of people to
participate in celebration events. Stay tuned for more details.


Vacation Packages for A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films

Celebration Vacation Package – Starts at $369
per person

  • 4-night
    accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel
  • 3-day
    ticket to both of Universal Orlando's theme parks
  • More
    time to enjoy The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with Early Park Admission
    starting at 6 a.m.
  • Reservation
    to one in-park Harry Potter talent Q&A session (one per person)
  • Commemorative
    pin (one per person)
  • Harry
    Potter Blu-Ray set (one per package)

Vacation Package – Starts at $699 per person


All of the
above, PLUS:

  • Reservation
    to one in-park Harry Potter cast member autograph session
  • Admission
    to the exclusive nighttime gala event on Sunday, November 13
  • Breakfast
    at the Three Broomsticks

more information about the event and vacation packages, visit

Universal Orlando

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation – but there is only one
Universal Orlando Resort. It is a completely separate destination featuring two
theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime
entertainment complex. It's the only Orlando
destination where you are not just entertained – you are part of the most
exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry
Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent
J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. You can be courageous, be outrageous – and be

Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment
Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations
in the world. 

Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. Each of the
seven books by author J.K. Rowling has broken sales records, with the series to date having sold approximately 450
million copies worldwide, distributed in over 200 territories and translated
into 70 languages The first seven Harry Potter films,
produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $6.4 billion at the
box office worldwide, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise
in history.

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News & Press Releases

Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

Continue Reading

News & Press Releases

Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

Continue Reading

News & Press Releases

Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

Continue Reading