Warner Bros. and Universal Orlando announced Wednesday a three-day “Celebration of Harry Potter” event taking place in Florida.
Kicking off on January 24, 2014, “fans will enjoy three days of unforgettable experiences – including interactive Q&As with Harry Potter talent and more,” according to a press release. “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.”
A breakdown of the planned events:
- 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 films
- “And much more!”
Packages include access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. The above events will be open to the public who don’t purchase a package, but “only guests who purchase the special event package will enjoy exclusive benefits and reserved seating for select events.”
So how about those packages? Tickets go on sale August 22. The graphic below shows the two different ticket purchasing options. See a larger graphic on the event’s official website:
We suspect that Universal will also use the event to announce/reveal aspects of the Wizarding World Diagon Alley expansion which is currently under construction at Islands of Adventure’s sister park Universal Studios. It is expected to open around summer 2014.
Warner Bros. and Universal held a similar event to this one to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on DVD/Blu-ray in November 2011. This event appears to be much larger, with many more activities than the last one.