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Universal Orlando Resort creates special moments for guests on the one-year anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter





Universal Creates Special Moment for Guests in


Plus, All-New "Share Your Story" Facebook Tab
Allows Guests to Share their Favorite Memories and Get a Chance to Win a Trip
to Universal Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. (June 20, 2011) – On Saturday, June 18,
Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of the most
spectacularly themed entertainment environment – The Wizarding World of Harry
Potter, where the wonder, excitement and adventures of the Harry Potter books
and films come to life. 

Universal Orlando commemorated the
anniversary at 9:23 a.m. – the exact time The Wizarding World of Harry
Potter opened on June 18, 2010.  After taking part in a countdown led by
the Hogwarts Express conductor, guests and team members celebrated in the
streets of Hogsmeade while "snow" confetti and gold streamers fell from the
sky.  Guests also enjoyed complimentary Butterbeer, cauldron cakes and
Chocolate Frogs. 

"We're so excited to
celebrate this milestone with our guests," said Bill Davis, president of
Universal Orlando Resort.  "It's been an incredible year for us and our
guests, and we look forward to creating more exciting memories with them in the
years to come."     

Universal Orlando also created a
virtual celebration by launching a new "Share Your Story" tab on its official
Facebook page.  The all-new tab gives fans the opportunity to interact
with one another and share favorite memories and photos from their visit to The
Wizarding World of Harry Potter – whether it's tasting
Butterbeer for the first time, watching their daughter as she's selected by the
perfect wand or soaring above Hogwarts with their family. 

If fans have not been
able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they can share why they
aspire to on the "Share Your Story" tab as well.  U.S. residents
who share their stories on the tab will be automatically entered into a contest
where they can win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort this fall.  To take
part in the virtual celebration, share their stories or read other fans'
stories, guests should visit

Inspired by J.K.
Rowling's compelling stories and characters, The Wizarding World of Harry
Potter features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant – all
faithful to the films.  For more information about The Wizarding World of
Harry Potter and Universal Orlando Resort, 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 extraordinary.

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. The
series of books by author J.K. Rowling has been translated into 69 languages
with more than 400 million copies sold in over 200 territories around the
world. The films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than
$6.2 billion at the box office worldwide, making Harry Potter the
largest-grossing film franchise in history.

POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner
Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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