Ha. Made ya look! Universal Orlando has released details on a hotel package including tickets to the park for three days. That’s not the important part, the important part is that this is being billed as “An Exlusive Vacation Package for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and it starts May 28th. That’s right kiddies. That’s as close to an opening date as we have. Read on.
universal orlando resort reveals EXCLUSIVE VACATION PACKAGE FOR THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
Guests Can Visit UniversalOrlando.com And Book NOW For Travel Starting May 28, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 18, 2010) – It’s one of the most highly anticipated theme park entertainment experiences of our generation and, for the first time, guests can now book an exclusive vacation package to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort with their families.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package” includes accommodations at an on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort and admission to both Universal Orlando theme parks – along with a wide-range of benefits available only by booking through Universal Orlando Resort. Benefits include early park admission, allowing guests to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter before other guests each day, as well as a traditional British breakfast at the Three Broomsticks, the signature eating establishment within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And by staying at an on-site hotel, guests get exclusive Universal Express Access to select attractions and shows, allowing them to bypass regular lines.
To best enjoy all Universal Orlando offers, guests may consider the four-night package featured below. Guests can add additional nights and also upgrade their theme park tickets to include park-to-park access, allowing them to go to both Universal theme parks each day. Additional packages are available with prices starting at $285 per-adult ($829 for a family of four) for four nights at a hotel near Universal. All packages and prices are available at UniversalOrlando.com. All travel begins May 28.*
“There has been worldwide anticipation for this one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, and we are thrilled to be offering families a way to experience the magic and excitement of Harry Potter’s world,” said Alice Norsworthy, executive vice president of marketing and sales for Universal Orlando Resort.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package – Four Nights
On-site package starts at $645 per-adult ($1,548 for a family of four)
On-Site Package Benefits
· Four-night accommodations at one of Universal’s three on-site AAA Four Diamond hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort
· Three days admission to Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks (park-to-park not included)
· Complimentary Universal Express access to bypass the regular lines at select theme park rides and attractions (a $70 value per day)
· Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
· Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks
· Commemorative ticket for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
· Good for travel beginning May 28, 2010
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience complete with multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant.
* Editors Note: The May 28 travel date was set to help consumers with vacation planning and does not represent the opening date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal has announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Spring 2010. Specific opening information will come as soon as it is available.
Universal Orlando Resort
There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation – but there is only one Universal Orlando Resort. It is a completely separate destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you are part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. The series of books by author J.K. Rowling has been translated into 68 languages with more than 400 million copies sold in over 200 territories around the world. The films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $5.4 billion at the box office worldwide, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise in history.
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Hi again. It’s important to not take May 28th as the Official Opening, but as the date that it has to be open by. It could Grand Open before, or Soft Open…but now that we have that Universal is booking those packages for those dates, it pretty much has to be done by then. With Dragons closing on the 26th, the remaining work can really kick into high gear. I for one hope they wait to do a huge Grand Opening, and don’t soft open bits and pieces of the thing. Let everyone be taken by surprise all at once.
Check out Harry’s Package in the forums!