The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (December 27 - January 1)By Amanda Kondolojy, Sunday, January 1, 2017 00:04
7. A new Harry Potter projection show is rumored to be coming to Islands of Adventure in early 2017
Earlier this year Universal Orlando Resort partnered with a projection mapping company for an unspecified project that many assumed to be Halloween Horror Nights-related. However, late last week Screamscape posted a rumor that Universal was working on a projection-style nighttime spectacular (similar to Walt Disney World's Once Upon a Time castle projection show) that will be performed nightly at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.
According to their sources, this new show will look a lot like the one performed during the opening ceremony of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood (which you can watch above), but of course on a grander scale befitting a nightly spectacular. Perhaps even there will be a live show component (similar to the Death Eaters Attack show that was performed earlier this year at Universal Studios Japan) to this new show as well!
While there's much we don't know, this rumored new show is said to be deep in development. And if this new show does indeed come to Islands of Adventure in early 2017 (as rumored) it would be a definite boon for this park, which of course does not have its own nightly spectacular and often closes several hours earlier than its sister park, even in the busy summer season.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, Universal’s annual Celebration of Harry Potter event is coming up in just a few weeks, and it seems very likely that Universal will use this big event as an excuse to announce the existence of this rumored show, and potentially even preview it as well.
8. Busch Gardens Tampa hosting Run For The Fund 5K January 20th
For the third year in a row the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund’s Run for the Fund 5K will be held to support wildlife conservation, education, and research at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This race is open to the public but joggers and walkers must maintain a pace of at least 16 minutes per mile. Participants who register before January 18th can pay a discounted rate of $30 per person, and those who wait until the event date on January 20 will need to pay $35 per person. This fee includes one voucher to purchase a $25 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay admission, valid for one visit through May 29, 2017. Participants also receive a dri-fit (uni-sex sizing) race shirt, finisher’s medal, race bib with timing chip, and light refreshments at the finish line. You can learn more about this event here.