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Universal Orlando Resort & Warner Bros. to Host an Event in Celebration of Harry Potter in January 2014





"A Celebration of Harry Potter" will Feature Exciting Activities Across Both Universal
Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure from Jan. 24 – 26

Vacation Packages with Exclusive Benefits,
Including Access to a Private Evening Reception in
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Go on Sale
Thursday, August 22 at Noon EST

Fla. (August 7, 2013)

– Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced today that they will host
"A Celebration of Harry Potter" a special event for fans of all ages
that will celebrate all of Harry's adventures, from the beloved books to the
Warner Bros. feature films.

January 24, 2014, fans will enjoy three days of unforgettable experiences –
including interactive Q&As with Harry Potter talent and more.  Special
event vacation packages will go on sale August 22 and will include exclusive
benefits such as access to a private evening reception held in The Wizarding
World of Harry Potter.   Full vacation package details are below.

Guests will have the opportunity to: 

  • Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter talent, filmmakers, and
    other special guests (talent
    attendees will be announced at a later date)
  • Revisit some of their favorite Harry Potter film moments during a
    film tribute with Harry Potter talent and filmmakers (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)
  • Learn the art of "duelling" at a wand
    masterclass that's featured at the Warner
    Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
    and hosted by
    Paul Harris – the choreographer who trained the cast of the Harry Potter
  • And much more!

Guests will also have access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located in
Universal's Islands of Adventure, where they can soar above Hogwarts on the
thrilling attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, sip Butterbeer at the Hog's Head pub, see a wand choose a
wizard in Ollivanders, explore iconic shops like Honeydukes, Zonko's, and more.

most of the activities for "A Celebration of Harry Potter" will be open to all
Universal Orlando park guests and annual passholders,
only guests who purchase the special event package will enjoy exclusive
benefits and reserved seating for select events.  Packages are extremely
limited and go on sale at noon EST on Thursday, August 22.  See below for
full package details. 

Packages for "A Celebration of Harry Potter"
at Universal Orlando Resort

On Sale at Noon EST on August 22, 2013

Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $675 per adult, tax inclusive

  • 3-night
    accommodations at one of Universal Orlando's award-winning on-site hotels –
    including complimentary Universal Express access to select rides and

  • 3-day
    park-to-park ticket to both Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal
    Studios Florida

  • Access
    to the exclusive evening reception held in The Wizarding World of Harry

  • Reserved
    seating for select events – including the Harry Potter film tribute, Q&A
    sessions and the wand masterclass

  • Early
    Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and breakfast at the
    Three Broomsticks
Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at  $395 per adult, tax

  • 3-night
    accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel near Universal Orlando

  • 3-day
    park-to-park ticket to both Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal
    Studios Florida

  • Access
    to all celebration activities- including reserved seating for select events
    and access to the exclusive evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry

  • Early
    Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and breakfast at the
    Three Broomsticks
  • Note:
    This package does not include complimentary Universal Express access

Access to
select events within "A Celebration of Harry Potter" is included in regular
admission to Universal Orlando or with an annual pass.  For more information
about the event, tickets and vacation packages, visit

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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