Universal Orlando celebrates one-year anniversary of Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted Saturday, June 18, 2011 4:36 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Today, 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 is also creating a virtual celebration by launching today 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. To take part in the virtual celebration, share their stories or read other fans’ stories, guests should visit www.Facebook.com/UniversalOrlandoResort.

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 www.universalorlando.com.

Read the entire press release from Universal Orlando.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter one-year anniversary

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 5:22 PM

Man, I would have been pounding down those free Butterbeers if I was there! ;)

Seriously though, it really is an amazing, complete experience. Butterbeer isn't the best beverage ever, but it does add to the experience in a tasty way.

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Monday, June 20, 2011 11:19 AM
delan's avatar

Man was it crowded. I loved the energy though.


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