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J.K. Rowling Sends Flowers To Funeral Of Orlando Shooting Victim

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.20.2016 | Arts

J.K. Rowling paid tribute to one of the Orlando shooting victims by sending flowers to his funeral. The Harry Potter author sent a wreath of red roses...

Harry Potter and The Magical Drink List -- What Your Favorite Character Drinks!

Darcey Olson | Posted 04.15.2016 | Entertainment
Darcey Olson

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios Hollywood opened last week and we couldn't be more excited. Yes, we're geeked-out Harry Potter fans here at FoodieandWine.com.

Universal Creative tweaked the magical formula it used to create Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Jim Hill | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Given that there are already Wizarding Worlds in Orlando & Osaka, why should Harry Potter fans now travel to Hollywood to experience the third theme p...

Universal Orlando Has the Tech It Takes to Make "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" Trackless

Jim Hill | Posted 03.15.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Right from the beginning, that was Universal's goal with its Florida theme parks. Create ground-breaking attractions which really pushed the boundaries when it came to technology. Place their guests right in the middle of their favorite movies & stories and then give these folks a visceral yet intimate experience.

How Universal Studios Hollywood Uses Krusty Burger to Keep Theme Park Guests from Peeking at Harry Potter

Jim Hill | Posted 09.26.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Fans of The Simpsons have been dreaming for decades now about getting the chance to visit Springfield. Well, that dream became a reality back on April 2nd of this year when Springfield officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood.

My Teenage Dream Came True (Yours Can Too) at Universal Orlando

Michelle Rae Uy | Posted 07.29.2016 | Travel
Michelle Rae Uy

As a self-professed Harry Potter fanatic, I spent many hours reading and dreaming about JK Rowling's imaginary but very intricate world, collecting, consuming as many details as my brain would allow.

Universal Orlando Resort Announces Volcano Bay, the World's First Water Theme Park

Jim Hill | Posted 05.29.2016 | Travel
Jim Hill

Today Universal Orlando officials changed their minds. They're finally revealed what they're building right next door to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach. Which will be the Resort's third park, Universal's Volcano Bay.

Universal Orlando Went by the Book When Creating Live Shows for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Jim Hill | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As the Boy Who Lived is exploring the Burrow, he notices that "the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was 'Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.'" And with that one line of text, Universal Entertainment finally found a solution for a challenge that had been plaguing the Diagon Alley project.

Hollywood Creatives and Theme Park Fans Appreciate the Universal Difference

Jim Hill | Posted 01.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So maybe it's not just Hollywood creatives who are newly aware of what Universal Parks & Resorts can do. But a whole new generation of theme park fans who have finally learned to appreciate the Universal difference.

Tom Williams, Universal Parks Chairman and CEO, Reflects on the Universal Orlando Resort's Magical Transformation

Jim Hill | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

With everyone else looking forward to tomorrow's grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley , it might seem kind of strange t...

Tasting Your Way Around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

Jim Hill | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

the folks at Universal Creative have certainly stayed true to Ms. Rowling's original vision for the Leaky Cauldron. For -- as I made my way into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley yesterday in a very special luncheon -- I damn near walked right by the entrance.

Harry Potter Cast Members Reunite to Shoot New Scenes for Universal Orlando's 'Escape From Gringotts' Thrill Ride

Jim Hill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Let's cut to the chase here: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley, that new Harry Potter-themed land that will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.1.

The Extremely Hard Lessons That the Themed Entertainment Industry Learned From Hard Rock Park

Jim Hill | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you're going strictly by attendance levels as well as the amount of money this theme park pulled in during its brief life span, then Hard Rock Park clearly was a failure. If -- on the other hand -- you're going by what happened in themed entertainment circles after 2008... Well, that's where this story gets complicated.

Universal Orlando Will Use Lifelike Animation and Live Special Effects to Recreate Harry Potter's journey aboard the Hogwarts Express

Jim Hill | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It seems kind of counter-intuitive to use a plane to promote a train. But that's exactly what the Universal Orlando Resort did earlier this week. They jetted James & Oliver Phelps (AKA the two talented Brits who played Fred & George Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film series) all over the globe.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley Nears Completion at the Universal Orlando Resort

Jim Hill | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Even though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is still basically a construction site, there's really only one word that describes this soon-to-open addition to the Universal Orlando Resort. And that word is magical.

Themed Entertainment Professionals 'Go Go' to Orlando for IAAPA's Attractions Expo

Jim Hill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So how exactly do theme park attractions get created?

Exclusive: A Detailed Look at Diagon Alley, the Highly Anticipated Expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

Jim Hill | Posted 07.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Building on the success of Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Castle and the award-winning "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" attraction, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion.

America's Best Theme Parks

U.S. News Travel | Posted 06.25.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Whizzing around on a roller coaster, splashing down a rushing water slide, noshing on cotton candy and hot dogs -- the theme park might be as quintess...

Universal Orlando's 'Celebration Of The Harry Potter Films': The Cure For Post-Potter Depression?

Jim Hill | Posted 09.26.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Have you been moping around the house ever since you saw Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 because -- unless J.K. Rowling decides to write another book about Harry, Ron & Hermoine's adventures -- there'll be no more trips to Hogwarts?

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Midnight Show Attendees Get Exclusive Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Access

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

All over the US today, there are muddled Muggles wandering about. Devoted Harry Potter fans who just couldn't wait to see Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Wh...

How Butter Beer, Harry Potter's Favorite Fictional Drink, Was Made Real

Jim Hill | Posted 09.10.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

What's the most successful aspect of The Wizarding World? What can make you feel as though you've stepped inside one of the "Harry Potter" movie? That piece-of-the-magic that people most wish that they could take home is a beverage.

Harry Potter Theme Park To Open In Spring

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Joyous news for Harry Potter fans everywhere! The Harry Potter theme park-- AKA The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- is set to open this spring. ...