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Top 12 Toys and Tricks to Find at Weasleys Wizard Wheezes

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley has many shops that long-time Harry Potter fans dream of visiting.

Most fans know the name of this infamous store; but for those who don’t, allow me to introduce you to Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: the joke shop founded by Fred and George Weasley. These unpredictable twins had a lifelong dream of opening a place to share their fun creations with all witches and wizards.

Some of the products are widely known, but there are many that the common Muggle may not be familiar with. Take a look at this list of 12 popular items you can find at this one-of-a-kind shop!

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 1. Fever Fudge, Puking Pastilles, U-No-Poo, Fainting Fancies and Nosebleed Nougat

This range of sweets has been useful in getting students out of class for years at Hogwarts. Each sweet will give the user a different symptom such as fever, vomit, unconsciousness, or a nosebleed. You can pick the one you want to try or experience a variety of them with the Skiving Snackbox.

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2. Screaming Yo-yo

The name definitely shrieks for itself with this magical toy. Its distracting screams can be heard from across the room!

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3. Decoy Detonator

This popular item is typically used to create a diversion in a time of need. You’ve actually seen it in action before in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 1. Once dropped, there’s no way to catch it!

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4. Love Potion

This powerful brew doesn’t need much of an explanation. Give it to the person you desire and see the magic happen yourself.

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5. Chattering Teeth

Wind it up and the conversation will never stop!

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6. Extendable Ear

Looking to eavesdrop? Get an Extendable Ear to listen to any quiet conversation from up to 12 feet away. Make sure your cat doesn’t eat it though… Yes, we’re talking about you, Crookshanks.

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7. Boxing Telescope

I wouldn’t suggest taking a peek through this telescope. The Boxing Telescope is said to land a punch on whoever squeezes it, but we would never confirm or deny it.

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8. Pink Elephant

This may look easy, but it only took twenty tries. Keep you and your friends easily entertained by seeing how many attempts it takes to perfectly flip this toy to land on its feet.

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9. Duck on Bike

There’s an assortment of Muggle toys inside the shop as a tribute to the twins’ father, Arthur. He was fascinated with Muggle artifacts, so there are a few vintage toys you can get like the Duck on Bike, Elephant on Bike and Robot Lilliput.

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10. Pygmy Puff

These furry little creatures are one of the Weasleys’ most popular bestsellers. They come in different shades of pink and purple, can be found in three different sizes and you may even get one that purrs! There’s also a fun naming ceremony for each Pygmy Puff that gets adopted.  The giant bell in the store is rung to announce the adoption and the new owner gets to tell everyone the name they chose.

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11. Fanged Flyer

This type of Frisbee is just as fun as any other… as long as it is used with caution. The Fanged Flyer gets upset when you pet its teeth, which is why the handler’s glove is included with your purchase.

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12. Cycling Dolores Umbridge

Last, but certainly not least, is the toy everyone loves to hate. Turn it on and watch her go!

These items (and many more) can all be found in Weasleys Wizard Wheezes at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.

Which item from Weasleys Wizard Wheezes is a must-have for you during your next visit? Let us know in the comments!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 8 Reasons Why You Need to Ride Hogwarts Express Both Directions

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Straight from the pages and silver screen, Universal Orlando Resort is the only place where you can actually ride the famous Hogwarts Express. From The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley and back again, traveling between Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida aboard Hogwarts Express is a must-see attraction unto itself.

There are hundreds of reasons to choose the Hogwarts Express as your mode of transportation, but we are sharing with you the top eight reasons today:

1. First and foremost, the aesthetics of the stations and attraction are true to the movies and books, so you’ll feel like you’ve actually been dropped into the story.

2. Each station offers unique opportunities for epic photos to share with your friends and family.

3. Not to mention, the architecture is totally stunning.

4. And remember, the Hogwarts Express is the best way to stay immersed in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when traveling between the two lands.

5. At King’s Cross Station, you’ll find yourself at Platform 9 ¾. You can even walk through the iconic wall; but I’m leaving that bit out because it’s so much better when you experience it for yourself!

6. When traveling from London to Hogsmeade, be sure to look out for a number of cameos from your favorite characters, like this fly-by of Hagrid and his magical motorcycle.

7. And from Hogsmeade to London the story and cameos are completely different, so look out for moments like this one with Fred and George *casually* plugging their Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes store in Diagon Alley.

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8. Finally, riding the Hogwarts Express both ways allows you the opportunity to experience both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, which is a true one-of-a-kind experience that you can only get here.

Of course, there’s much more mind-blowing stuff to see and do on the Hogwarts Express. What’s your favorite part of riding!?

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Explore the Wizarding World with the Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

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The time of year has come to go back to Hogwarts. As all fans know, every September young witches and wizards prepare to take their journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Celebrate this moment at Universal Orlando Resort with the Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt, a choose-your-own-adventure photo scavenger hunt that will take you on an adventure through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Are you ready to choose your own unique path back to Hogwarts? Follow these steps for the Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt:

Remember, using the Floo Network to get from place to place is cheating.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Scavenger Hunt Map

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Scavenger Hunt Map

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Eight Unique Wizarding World of Harry Potter Souvenirs

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Half the fun of visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is immersing yourself in the stories and scenery you love. One thing that transports you is seeing happy witches and wizards wearing robes and scarves, carrying wands. But next time you’re ready to head to Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade, keep a lookout for these eight unique Wizarding World of Harry Potter souvenirs that are inspired by the Harry Potter films. They’re sure to delight every fan.

Quidditch Supplies

Ever wanted to play with a Quaffle? In search of a good set of Quidditch bats? Or maybe you’re looking for a top-of-the-line broom… They all exist here!

Available at: Quality Quidditch SuppliesDervish and Banges

Owls

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Every Hogwarts student needs a companion. Pick out your very own plush owl and start your inevitable adventures together.

Available at: Magical MenagerieFilch’s Emporium of Confiscated GoodsOwl Post

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Products

Calling all pranksters and mischief makers: this is your happy place. Extendable Ears, Decoy Detonators and shelves full of goodies will leave you ready to join the ranks of the best in the business. Read about individual products here.

Time-Turner Necklace

Whether you’re looking for a way to add a few courses to your schedule or hoping to travel back in time to save a friend, this necklace will do the trick.

Available at: Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All OccasionsWiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges

The Marauder’s Map

We solemnly swear you’ll be up to no good after taking this one home. Just be sure to watch out for Filch while you wander the corridors at night.

Available at: Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods

Death Eater Masks

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For those who favor the Dark Arts, Borgin and Burkes carries some truly amazing collectibles. These masks look great on any shelf.

Available at: Borgin and Burkes, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods

Molly Weasley’s Famous Sweaters

Who doesn’t want a sweater lovingly crafted by the Weasley’s amiable matriarch? Happy Christmas, Harry.

Available at: Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods

Hermione’s Yule Ball Gown

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Prepare to turn heads when you have your turn in Hermione’s jaw-dropping gown. This one is sure to impress even the most famous of international Quidditch players.

Available at: Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions

Keep in mind, if you forget to buy anything during our vacation, there is a great selection in our online merchandise store.

Now, which are your favorite Wizarding World of Harry Potter souvenirs?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 5 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Shows You Have to See at Universal Orlando

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When most people think of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, they think rides, robes, and copious amounts of delicious Butterbeer. Those are, of course, some of my favorite things. But they’re far from all there is to experience.

One of my favorite things to do is to kick back for a bit and watch one of the five Wizarding World of Harry Potter shows in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade. (Usually with Butterbeer in hand though, let’s be real.)

Here’s a quick look into each show that you won’t want to miss.

Hogwarts Frog Choir:

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It’s just like your high school a capella choir, except with, ya know, several frogs filling in the bass section. This choir, performing at Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, has a representative from each of the four Hogwarts houses and some soothing ribbits that will be sure to get stuck in your head all day. What more could you want?

Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees: 

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You might know the sensational Celestina Warbeck as Molly Weasley’s favorite singer. But anybody who’s seen her live in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida knows she’s SO much more than that. I dare you to not dance along to her live show.

Triwizard Spirit Rally: 

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We have spirit for the Triwizard Tournament at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade where students from Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang lead the excitement in celebrating their international magical cooperation. It’ll have you wishing your school was this cool.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Tale of Three Brothers

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Ah, the theater! There’s nothing quite like relaxing in Diagon Alley as students from the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts perform two storiesfrom The Tales of Beedle the Bard. You’re probably familiar with The Tale of Three Brothers from the Deathly Hallows, but you’ve never seen it quite like this. Watch as the story comes alive featuring props designed by Emmy-award-winning designer Michael Curry.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Fountain of Fair Fortune

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The second Beedle the Bard fable you can catch the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts performing in Diagon Alley is The Fountain of Fair Fortune. Much like The Tale of Three Brothers, this show also features some seriously impressive puppets, and even more impressive performances by our local Diagon Alley theater troupe.

What’s your favorite show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Tell us in the comments below. See you at a future show!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

19 Must Do’s in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

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Are you planning to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort? If you are, you’re probably already planning how to spend your days.

Which one do you go to first: Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure or Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida?

As you start the countdown to your visit, make sure to add to your list these 19 things that are must do’s in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

    1. Stand outside 12 Grimmauld Place and keep an eye out for Kreacher.
    2. Enjoy traditional British food including cottage pie, fish & chips, and bangers & mash at Three Broomsticks or Leaky Cauldron.
    3. Marvel at the multitude of jokes, gags, and gifts at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
    4. Trade your Muggle money for Gringotts bank notes.
    5. Enjoy scoops of soft serve ice-creams at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.
    6. Face off with You-Know-Who on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
    7. Catch live performances throughout the day in Carkitt Market.
    8. Try all 20 flavors of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans.
    9. Have a chat with with the Knight Bus Conductor and Dre Head.
    10. Travel on the Hogwarts Express.
    11. Enjoy the Great Feast at Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade.
    12. Try tasty sweets at Honeydukes or Sugarplum’s Sweetshop.
    13. Keep your ears open to the cries of Moaning Myrtle.
    14. Mail letters with a special Hogsmeade postmark from the Owl Post.
    15. Make your way through the corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
    16. Fly above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
    17. Try a Butterbeer treat.
    18. See a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders.
    19. Repeat.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

The Best Wizarding World of Harry Potter Food at Universal Orlando

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Whether you’re headed to Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley, you can experience a magical culinary journey in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter is full of unique snacks, meals and even desserts that will place you right into the story! Here is a complete list of the best Wizarding World of Harry Potter food that you have to try as you eat your way through Universal Orlando Resort.

Outlined below is a route fit for a wizard on a break from school headed home for holiday. You’ll start in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and then venture by way of the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. There is so much to try along the way!

Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley…

1. Traditional English Breakfast from Three Broomsticks

Schools out and you feel like royalty. Step into Three Broomsticks for your usual: the Traditional Breakfast. And don’t forget your Hot Tea. 

2. Fresh Fruit from The Magic Neep Cart

Fruit makes for a refreshing snack to hold you until lunch and keep you cool as you run any last errands while you’re in town.

3. Three Broomsticks Shepherd’s Pie

Leaving to board the train for Holiday means you won’t be back for a while so you might as well have a satisfying send off. Nothing beats the Shepherd’s Pie at Three Broomsticks.

4. No-Melt Ice Cream from Honeydukes

What better delicacy to tip towards the castle than the mysterious pumpkin-flavoured No Melt Ice Cream? Every bite stays fluffy and creamy as you wait for the train!

5. The Leaky Cauldron Fish & Chips

A plate of crispy Fish & Chips makes for a warm welcome home.

6. The Leaky Cauldron Butterbeer Potted Cream: While you’re at the Leaky Cauldron, don’t forget to end your dinner with a proper dessert. A mason jar full of Butterbeer Potted Cream is sure to please every Butterbeer enthusiast. 

7. The Fountain of Fair Fortune Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice: Diagon Alley makes for the perfect evening stroll and is even better with a drink in hand. Swing by The Fountain of Fair Fortune for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic varieties. Pictured above is the Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice (non-alcoholic).

8. Say Goodnight with a Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Skiving Snack Box: Three drawers full of delicious treats to munch on as the night comes to a close. Sweet dreams traveler, you’re home.

Or… in this route below, you can follow in the footsteps of a wizard heading from Diagon Alley and London to Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts castle, eating and snacking along the way.

Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade…

1. Egg, Leek & Mushroom Pasty at Leaky CauldronA warm biscuit like pastry filled with scrambled eggs and veggies is a delicious way to start the day. 

2. Sugarplum’s Sweetshop Butterbeer Fudge & Chocolate Fudge: It’s only fitting that you dip into Diagon Alley for last minute school supplies. A few morsels of Butterbeer and Chocolate Fudge are perfect to snack on while you shop.

3. Ploughman’s Platter at the Leaky Cauldron: Is it lunch, or perhaps brunch? Either way, Ploughman’s Platter serves up a fresh array of cheeses, bread, veggies and even scotch eggs (hard-boiled eggs covered in crispy sausage—yes, these exist!).

4. Florean Fortescue’s Earl Grey & Lavender Ice Cream: Afternoon tea, ice cream style. This is the last stop before you exit Diagon Alley, so why not leave on a sweet note?

5. Jacket Potato from London Taxi Cart: London is home of the Jacket Potato. Choose from Loaded, Broccoli and Cheddar, Bean and Cheese, or Shepherd’s Pie topping. It’s the perfect pre-train snack, or enjoy it while on the train!

6. Chocolate Frog from HoneydukesWelcome to Hogsmeade! Grab a sweet treat to hold you until dinner. After your train ride, you just might be craving a chocolate frog!

7. Great Feast Platter from Three BroomsticksGather around the table with your traveling companions. The Great Feast is piled high with both chicken and ribs, separated only by morsels of roasted potatoes and vegetables. Don’t forget it comes with salad too!

8. Three Broomsticks Fresh Baked Apple Pie: Warm spiced apples under a sweet drizzled crumble. Big enough to share…or keep to yourself and be very happy.

Travel Tip: Refer to this guide next time you’re in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and want an authentic dining experience.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Six Ways to Enjoy Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Six Ways to Enjoy Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Six Ways to Enjoy Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

When people think of Butterbeer in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the popular cold frothy beverage. However, there are a few other ways to enjoy this Harry Potter treat.

First, let’s start with the classic cold, frozen and hot beverages.

Cold Butterbeer

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For those of you who haven’t tried cold Butterbeer yet, your taste buds are missing out. This refreshing beverage has a nice fizzy feeling combined with a sweet taste reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread.

One of my favorite things about cold Butterbeer is the awesome foam mustache you get while drinking this. Next time you’re visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with your friends and family, see who in the group has the best Butterbeer mustache!

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Frozen Butterbeer

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This is the smooth, cold beverage you’ve always wanted – especially during those hot summer months. This drink has a flavor that tastes like shortbread and butterscotch served with a whipped topping.

This fan-favorite is the only Butterbeer beverage served with a straw because of its icy cool texture, which is perfect for savoring every last sip. Although it felt like an impossible decision to make, I’m on team frozen Butterbeer.

Available in:

  • Diagon Alley: Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot and The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • Hogsmeade: Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head pub and Butterbeer street carts

Don’t forget your souvenir mug. You can get cold and frozen Butterbeer served in a special themed Butterbeer mug exclusive to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hot Butterbeer

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Hot Butterbeer is a dream come true. When the weather gets chilly, a cup of this warms you right up. The seasonal drink has the same flavor reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch you know and love.

Available in:

  • Diagon Alley: Leaky Cauldron
  • Hogsmeade: Three Broomsticks

*Hot Butterbeer is a seasonal beverage available during the winter season

Now, on to a few other delicious Butterbeer specialties!

Butterbeer Potted Cream

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This sweet treat is a traditional British fair with a Harry Potter inspired twist. This potted cream has a smooth, creamy texture which makes it the perfect dessert.

Available in:

  • Diagon Alley: Leaky Cauldron
  • Hogsmeade: Three Broomsticks

Butterbeer Fudge

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This treat has two layers that taste like shortbread and butterscotch, which combined make Butterbeer fudgy goodness. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness that you will enjoy until the very last bite.

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Butterbeer Soft Serve Ice-Cream

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As if ice-cream isn’t already wonderful enough, add Butterbeer to the mix and you’ve got yourself an addicting new favorite. This soft-serve tastes like vanilla and butterscotch swirled to perfection.

I recently learned this treat is served in multiple locations around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter so whether you’re in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade you can indulge in this delicious ice-cream throughout the day.

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy Butterbeer? Let us know in the comments below.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Get out your house robes and scarves – a new projection mapping experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando ResortThe Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle celebrates the four houses of Hogwarts by transforming the castle in a dazzling display of lights, special effects and music.

As night falls, you’ll see the spirit of each house wrap itself around the castle. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff will all be represented, each house showcasing its pride in its own unique way.

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And of course, it’s all set to incredible music based on the original scores from the Harry Potter films.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle will debut on Wednesday, January 31 and is scheduled to run Feb. 5, and Feb. 7 – Feb. 12 (additional dates will be announced at a later time). You can preview it during A Celebration of Harry Potter on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28.

And – if you’re A Celebration of Harry Potter package holder, you can be among the first to see it during an exclusive preview event on Friday, Jan. 26.

This is the second projection mapping experience to be featured in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Over the holiday season, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle made its debut at Universal Orlando. This brought Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter films to life.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

New Experiences and Panels Announced for A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

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Hold on to your Hippogriff because we have more details to announce for Harry Potter fans’ favorite event, A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018.

I’m so excited to share with you that Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) is joining the Harry Potter film stars line up for next year’s event!

There will also be new content and returning fan favorites for witches, wizards and Muggles to enjoy at the Harry Potter Expo. You’ll be able to step into J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with:

  • NEW: “Wizarding Costumes from Harry Potter: The Exhibition” – You’ll be able see some of the most stunning costumes from the Harry Potter series and walk the runway to pose for a one-of-a-kind keepsake photo.
  • “The Sorting Hat Experience” – If you don’t know your Hogwarts house, you’ll have the chance to find out if you’re a Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor or Slytherin at “The Sorting Hat Experience.”

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  • Pottermore – Start practicing your Harry Potter trivia because Audible Recall is back with updated questions. And, you can even play against your fellow housemates with house-specific rounds each day of the event. #HogwartsRules
  • Scholastic – Scholastic is celebrating 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published. You can write your favorite Harry Potter memory on the Muggle Wall, step into a life-sized recreation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneand enter to win one-of-a-kind Harry Potter prizes.

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  • MinaLima – Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are back this year to share their graphic designs of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and so much more.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – “The Making of Harry Potter” is back to give you the opportunity to see first-hand some of the incredible effects that were used in the Harry Potter film series.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – As the play gets ready to open on Broadway, you’ll get an exclusive, never-seen-before look at the costumes, designs and imagery from the production.

Get ready for three brand-new panels you won’t want to miss:

  • Discover Behind-the-Scenes Secrets with Award Winning Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson – The magic comes alive as John Richardson – Special Effects Supervisor on all eight Harry Potter films – shares with you how flying broomsticks, floating candles, wand explosions, fire-breathing dragons, and more were created on the Harry Potter film set.
  • “Graphic Design for Film: Creating the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes” – Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima are here to chat about what went into bringing Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to life.
  • “The Magic of Costumes in Harry Potter” – Join Jany Temime, award-winning costume designer behind the last six films, and Eddie Newquist, exhibition curator, to talk about the amazing costumes in the Harry Potter films.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your house robes and wands, and book your vacation package today for A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.