While it already feels like an age has passed since Christmas, we’re still getting over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s incredible festive light show.
A first for the park, The Magic of Hogwarts Castle projection display saw the iconic wizarding school “wrapped” in Potter-inspired holiday designs, along with a very conspicuous advertisement for Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, before being transformed into a huge ice sculpture.[media_embed]https://youtu.be/gaM14l8PsvM[/media_embed]
Now, Universal Orlando Resort has confirmed the wizards behind the festive display are already working on a new light show, which will make its debut in 2018.
The yet-to-be-named display is just one of the many exciting updates coming to the Orlando park in 2018, with an equally secretive new ride to open in the Hogsmeade village section of the park later in the year. It replaces Dragon Challenge, a set of intertwined rollercoasters that closed in September, 2017.
In the meantime, A Celebration of Harry Potter – a kind of ComicCon for Potterheads – will return to the Orlando park on January 26. Actors Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) have all been confirmed on the line-up, with more movie talent to be announced in the coming weeks.
The exclusive event play host to an array of expert panels from the folks behind Harry Potter, along with experiences and exhibits from Pottermore (J.K. Rowling’s online Harry Potter hub), theatre extension Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which is headed for Melbourne in 2019!), and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter (where you can celebrate Valentine’s Day this year).
You must have drunk some Felix Felicis, because some ticket and accommodation packages are still available.
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Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.