Be a part of Harry Potter™ when Universal Orlando Celebrates Harry Potter 2017. It’s the only official event where you can celebrate your love for Harry Potter™ and discover more about the Wizarding World. Take part in film talent Q&A sessions, access special panels and demonstrations, and discover many more surprises.
Universal Orlando Celebrates Harry Potter 2017 returns, January 27-29, 2017 for another successful weekend of enjoying everything about the Harry Potter universe. It’s the only official event where you can celebrate your love for Harry Potter™ and discover more about the Wizarding World.
The past few years, fans could experience Q&A’s Sessions with film talent like Michael Gambon, James and Oliver Phelps, and Evanna Lynch.
According to the Universal Orlando website, two of the special guests expected at the celebration are Harry Potter actors Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Warwick Davis (Griphook, Flitwick).
The websites announcement reads:
“At A Celebration of Harry Potter™, you’ll have the chance to see some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter™ films. Plus, enjoy interactive question and answer sessions with select film talent to discover what it was like to work on one of the most successful franchises in history.
“Creative talent also set to appear at the event includes Nick Dudman, make-up and creature effects designer for the Harry Potter films; Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker on all of the Harry Potter films; Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer; Mary GrandPre, famed illustrator for the Harry Potter books; and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films and of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Set against the backdrop of Universal Orlando’s amazing theme parks, you’ll explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida™. With park-to-park admission, you can even ride the Hogwarts™ Express to travel between both lands.
Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then experience Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions.
A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.
Beginning this month, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will have even more to celebrate as favorite Star Wars experiences are updated and new experiences begin in 2017:
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away: AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers from the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will debut during a new scene in the existing Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away daytime show. AWR Troopers are encased in specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam.
Star Wars Launch Bay: This location will feature new props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Making-of footage can be seen in the attraction’s behind-the-scenes film, “Meet the Makers.” Similar updates can also be found at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland® Park in California.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: Voyage changes are coming starting in mid-December, switching back to randomized beginnings (instead of starting each journey on the planet of Jakku) and final destinations.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular: This spectacular show will return nightly beginning Dec. 16, 2016 in celebration of the theatrical release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, joining “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31, 2016.
Star Wars Guided Tour: Beginning in 2017, this seven-hour guided tour will be led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide. Guests will blast off on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, get an in-depth, insider’s tour around Launch Bay, and enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items at Backlot Express.
Plus, Guests age 4-12 will have an opportunity to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. And, the finale of this unforgettable day includes themed sweets and specialty beverages at Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which also includes reserved viewing for the show.
2016 has been quite a dynamic year for Orlando Theme Parks. Many new attractions opened and celebrations began, which has been great for the industry and visitors alike! Let’s take a look back and see what has transpired!Universal Orlando Skull Island: Reign Of Kong
There is no doubt, the summer opening of Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Islands Of Adventure, brought a new era of animatronic’s to Universal. Guest’s get to brave the dangers of a 1930’s expedition that’s caught in a clash between prehistoric predators and fearsome creatures. As ferocious beasts battle, King Kong hurls himself between you and certain doom. But is he friend, or foe? With each primal roar. Each chest pounding thud. One thundering truth comes clear: This is his home, his kingdom. Only he reigns.Incredible Hulk Roller-coaster
The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure roared back to life and reopened in August, after a near-complete transformation since it closed September 2015. The revamped Incredible Hulk coaster features a new story line, a redesigned queue experience, a new track, a new ride vehicle and a new on-board ride score composed by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.
Walt Disney World Star Wars Launch Bay
Disney World wasn’t about to be left behind this year, so new Star Wars experiences were added. The Star Wars themed entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes Star Wars Launch Bay, a central locale for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars, new scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, a reimagined Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, where younglings can train with lightsabers and fight Darth Vader, Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels, and other characters from the Dark Side, and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.”New Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
New Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage show opened this year and for the first time, modern Disney characters Tiana of “Princess and the Frog,” and Rapunzel of “Tangled,” co-star with Anna and Elsa of “Frozen,” and a host of classic characters performed on the grandest stage in the kingdom. The star-studded tale of friendship presents Mickey Mouse and his troupe of Merry Makers — Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy and Goofy – who invite 10 new friends from different animated worlds to join the celebration. This “timeless fairytale” of a show combines grand dance, fireworks and stunts with memorable music, an original song and special effects.SeaWorld Orlando Mako Rollercoaster at SeaWorld Orlando
Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako is Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster. It opened in the summer and the response has been overwhelming! “On Mako you’ll experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s Senior Director, Development & Design. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”Legoland Florida Legoland Florida’s Build a Raft
When the LEGOLAND Water Park opened for the summer in 2016 it came with a new attraction and some amenities to make your visit even more incredible. The new Creative Cove Build-A-Raft is the newest attraction where kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through fast-flowing rivers alongside cheering crowds in a setting inspired by the popular LEGO City Coast Guard sets. The Imagination Station has a new expansion that now lets younger model citizens build and play with colorful DUPLO bricks in a water-filled activity center.Busch Gardens Busch Garden’s Cobra’s Curse
Get ready to snake your way through Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s ultimate family roller coaster! This amazing coaster opened this summer and is the only one of its kind in the world, and features a vertical lift. It takes riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations, so be sure to enjoy Cobra’s Curse for a whirlwind adventure!
The OTC Genius doesn’t know if Orlando Theme Parks can outdo 2016 but if the rumors for 2017 are true then I think it will be a bombshell of a year and Orlando Ticket Connection will be here to give you the scoop as well as our famously low prices on all Discount Orlando Theme Park Tickets!!
New Year’s Eve in Orlando is the place to be!! Especially at the world famous Orlando Theme Parks! So bring in 2017 in a phenomenal way and check out the Orlando’s Theme Park 2016- 2017 New Year’s Party Guide. Discover something that’s sure to make your New Year’s a magical celebration for everyone.Orlando’s Theme Park 2016-2017 New Year’s Party Guide
Walt Disney World Resort Celebrate the New Year at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks. All three parks have added extraordinary improvements to their nightly fireworks and entertainment with special midnight fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot. December 31, is also one of the most popular days to visit. Make sure to pick your park of choice and arrive early before the parks “closes” to additional guests. Discount Disney Tickets available here!
Universal Orlando Resort Both of Universal Orlando’s theme parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, will be in the party mood from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve celebrations in the parks include party zones that will feature DJs, character appearances and amazing fireworks displays at midnight. Discount Universal Orlando Tickets available here!
New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando On December 31, celebrate New Years Eve at SeaWorld Orlando. Vibrant fireworks will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park, including interactive DJ stations, craft beers and delectable bites. Discount SeaWorld Tickets available here!
LEGOLAND Florida – Kid’s New Year’s Eve Legoland Florida starts the Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve, December 26-31 and features nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise at 7pm.Enjoy the spectacular fireworks explode into millions of tiny LEGO bricks with special 3D viewing glasses. Then New Years begins with Happy Kids’ New Year’s Eve, where the giant LEGO brick drops at a very kid-friendly midnight KST (Kid Standard Time) – otherwise known as 7 p.m. Don’t forget the fireworks and a dance party DJ for the best Kid Friendly New Year’s ever! Discount Legoland Tickets available here!
New Year’s Eve at CityWalk Orlando Universal CityWalk is a nonstop party spot all year round but on New Year’s 2016-2017 the partying is done up with flair! Bid a fond farewell to 2016 with delicious food and live performances. Between shows, dine on all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine, including filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and decadent desserts. You’ll also enjoy live entertainment in every club, a midnight champagne toast, and more!
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With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater. Guests can also enjoy SeaWorld’s thrilling rides, shows and attractions. Christian music fans will kick off the year with a day of fellowship and fun during SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave concerts Saturdays January 14 through 28.Praise Wave 2017 Favorite Christian Music at SeaWorld Orlando
Guests can enjoy live performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides and attractions. 2017 musical performances include:
• Saturday, January 14 Musical Performance: Seven time Grammy® award winner, TobyMac kicks off Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando. With more than 11 million units in career sales, fans will go gangbusters with songs like “Feel It” and “Lights Shine Bright.”
• Saturday, January 21 Musical Performance: Billboard Chart Topper and Grammy® award winner, Francesca Battistelli will delight audiences with famed songs such as “Holy Spirit” and “He Knows My Name.”
• Saturday, January 28 Musical Performance: Billboard Award winning and Grammy® nominated Skillet takes the stage with hits such as “Stars,” “Feel Invincible,” and “Awake & Alive.”
Live concerts take place at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater. Praise Wave 2017 Favorite Christian Music at SeaWorld Orlando is included with park admission and reserved seating packages will be available.
Then in February, guests can enjoy SeaWorld Orlando’s popular music and food events which will expand to a total of 14 weekends in 2017 as part of the all-new Seven Seas Festival. Guests will be able to enjoy performances by some of their favorite country and Latin artists.
Inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. Plus, guests will be able to indulge in a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews on tap giving their taste buds a worldly delight.
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Discover a festival like no other at Holidays Around the World at Epcot®-Disney World; featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Holidays Around the World at Epcot® surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.
Come, delight in stirring live musical productions; savor favorite seasonal specialties at our Food and Beverage Marketplace locations; and take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase.
Ring in the season with food, music, and celebrations from around the globe at Epcot® November 25-December 30. New this year, Holidays Around the World is adding even more food and drinks for the winter celebration! Guests can enjoy these new marketplaces:Prost! in Germany – Artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle; Drinks include alcoholic ciders, Williams Punch (hot), Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel and glüwein (house-made hot spiced wine)
American Holiday Table in the American Adventure Pavilion – Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges and a Champagne demi-glace; Drinks include Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon, Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky), Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay, hot chocolate, eggnog, and Cocoa Candy Cane (hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps)Alpine Haus between Morocco and France – Duck confit, dumplings, and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction; cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables, and sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze; Drinks include Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic and non-alcoholic version available) Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Holidays Around the World at Epcot®
Our global celebration wouldn’t be complete without jolly St. Nick, who spreads joy to the world in this magical season!
Join us throughout the day at The American Adventure from November 25 to December 24 to share holiday greetings and one-of-a-kind photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus before they fly off on their magical Christmas Eve gift-giving odyssey.
A Walt Disney World tradition now in its 45th year, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot 2016, is a beautiful production of the Christmas story narrated by a celebrity speaker and amazing music by a Mass choir and 50-piece orchestra. This phenomenal event takes place in the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase inside Epcot.
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Experience Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2016 in the only way Universal Orlando knows how—Wonderful, Enchanting and Breathtaking!! The festivities begin December 3, 2016 and run through January 1, 2017. The two Universal Orlando Parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios promise an amazing Holiday Extravaganza! Universal Orlando transforms into a seasonal spectacular every December, and features special holiday-themed entertainment including the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios & Grinchmas can be experienced at Islands of Adventure!Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2016 Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios
Macy’s Holiday Parade will command the streets with all the colorful balloons and floats that New York City gets a chance to enjoy every Thanksgiving. Did you know that as soon as the parade is over in New York the balloons and floats are brought down here for everyone to enjoy!! You will be delighted by the marching bands, clowns, and from the jolly man himself; Santa Claus will make his appearance for all the children. Afterwards, enjoy the magnificent tree lighting ceremony with music and a glittering display of lights!The Grinch™, at Islands of Adventure
The favorite green meanie is right next door at Islands of Adventure! Discover Seuss Landing™ where the festivities of Grinchmas transform the park into a wintery wonderland. See characters come to life, as Whos down in Who-ville wander through Seuss Landing, ready to say hello and spread good cheer! Make sure you get a chance to see the live performance of the star of the show, The Grinch™, and get your picture taken with the mean green character himself!Mannheim Steamroller
What would a Christmas party be without holiday music? The world famous Christmas artist of all time will be on hand to sing you through the festivities at Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2016! With over 27 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller will be live on stage at the Music Plaza, and whether you’re a longtime fan or discovering their enchanting orchestral sounds for the first time, it’s a holiday experience you can’t miss. The show is included with your theme park admission or Annual Pass. See them live on the following dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18
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