Voldemort, Death Eaters and other creepy creatures from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are coming your way to bring you the darker side of magic in this nighttime display!
“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” which launched on Saturday at Universal Orlando, is set inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure theme park. The nighttime display will continue on select nights through November 15.
According to a Universal Orlando news release, “Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravely face the Dark Arts and the visage of the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, until the Patronus spell — one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world — is cast”.
The show uses high-tech projection mapping and drones to bring the castle — and Harry Potter’s Patronus stag — to life. “Experience the fire-engulfed army of Inferi, the soul-draining breath of Dementors™ and the haunting image of Lord Voldemort™ as you stare in awe at the castle’s takeover. This powerful spectacle is accompanied by an atmospheric musical score created by John Williams.”
If you’re a Potter fan, this is something you won’t want to miss. BUT don’t delay…Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration, which includes the “Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” show, starts November 16!
Although not all of the details were revealed in yesterday’s big announcement from Universal Orlando Resort, the first look certainly makes us believe Epic Universe will live up to it’s bold moniker:
Mark Woodbury, Vice Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts and President of Universal Creative, beautifully sums up what we have to look forward to in the future as a fourth park is added to this already amazing playground:
“Universal’s Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the destination. The new location will feature a theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Ultimately, this expansion will create more space and freedom to let loose and create lasting memories with the people you love.“
That certainly sounds “epic” to us!
Here’s a peek of the concept art shared at yesterday’s announcement:
In looking at what’s being presented so far, it’s clear to see some amazing details such as the classic, arched entrance (similar to Universal Studios), new coaster, what appears to be an amphitheater, and yet-to-be named lands or areas. The large building is also indicative of an attraction the likes and size of Forbidden Journey or similar dark rides…how exciting! It’s also hard not to miss the beautiful resort hotel that will surely provide guests with easy access to this new park as well as amazing views. Last but not least, who could miss the fireworks! Is this a hint at a new nighttime offering?
The new location for Universal’s Epic Universe is said to be a quick ride from the current parks and resorts. Permits suggest new roads with special lanes for buses are in the works as well to make for a seamless journey for all guests:
Although it will be years before Epic Universe comes to fruition, this is VERY exciting news and we are looking forward to sharing all the updates and details with you in the future, so stay tuned!
And as they say, “time flies when you’re having fun”, so as we wait for this new addition, there’s never been a better time to visit Universal Orlando Resort’s 3 current, A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. theme parks. We have a few special offers to help save you money — money you can spend on other things like Butterbeer, a wand like Harry Potter’s, or to put in your piggy bank for your next vacation!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Exclusive Vacation Package, Keepsake Potter Box, and Magical Muggle Extras from Vacations with Character®
Calling all Muggles and Wizards alike! We have a new special offer we are beyond excited to share with you!!
If you’ve been waiting to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, it’s time to bring the books and movies to life! Follow in his footsteps and walk through the streets of London and Diagon Alley™ where you’ll find many of the wizarding world’s most famous establishments. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™, see a wand choose its wizard at Ollivanders™, and travel deep below Gringotts™ bank for an amazing ride.
Board Hogwarts™ Express to explore Hogsmead™ Village where you’ll find Hogwarts™ castle. Explore the corridors and classrooms, then take off with Harry Potter™ and friends on a journey like no other. Go far beyond the school grounds with Hagrid™ to brave the Forbidden Forest on the all-new Hagrid’s Mystical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (now open).
In between thrills, practice your wizarding skills, enjoy muggle treats like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans (we don’t recommend the ear wax!) and Pumpkin Juice. Sample Butterbeer™ in the villages while you enjoy special performances throughout your day, and celebrate the four Hogwarts™ houses by night as they are brought to life in a stunning spectacle of dazzling lights and music (subject to change for seasonal events – TIP: Christmastime is even more magical!)
If you think this sounds amazing…IT IS! There’s so much to see and do in this story-come-to- life in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort. It’s time to experience it for yourself (or relive your memories) and we’re excited to share a NEW EXCLUSIVE Vacation Package for you!
When you book this exclusive package you’ll receive a very special keepsake “Potter Box” and more!
Your Amazing Exclusive package includes:
5-Night Hotel Accommodations
3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 3 Days Free1 to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ AND Universal’s Volcano Bay™ (Booking window extended now – 7/31/19 and travel now – 12/20/19)
Early Park Admission2to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required, select attractions).
Special Themed Keepsake Box§ with items to get started, including:
Travel Planning Guide
Set of Luggage Tags featuring Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™ – one set of three (3) per package
Hogwarts™ Railways Lanyard – one per person
Delicious Breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron™ in Universal Studios Florida™ – one per person
Scrumptious Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ – one per person
One (1) A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio8 session in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ that includes one commemorative DVD photo album and one exclusive designed 8” x 10” photo print
Access to select live entertainment venues1 at Universal CityWalk™
AND THAT’S NOT ALL! When you book your Universal Orlando vacation with our agency, you’ll receive these Muggle Extras too:
Your Universal Orlando Vacations with Character® Package also includes:
Free Park Maps for Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida
The Universal Orlando Destination Brochure – the all-encompassing guide to Universal Orlando Resort™
A special, Comprehensive Map – an overview of the three theme parks, and the attractions that you will absolutely want to check out while you’re enjoying your Universal Orlando vacation
Tip Sheets – our tried and true tips, tricks, and recommendations when visiting Universal Orlando Resort, including a a special guide for little ones
Our EXPERTadvice on where to stay, where to eat, best parks for each day — and more — as you work with your own personal Authorized Universal Orlando Travel Professional from our agency at no cost to you!
Are you ready to take your vacation to the next level? We absolutely adore Universal Orlando Resort and want you to experience it too! Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Agent today to book this special offer or ask about other available packages and travel dates as well: vacationswithcharacter.com