Universal Orlando has begun offering vacation packages to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that begin from May 28, suggesting confidence that the highly-anticipated new land will open by that date.
Universal has not confirmed May 28 as the official opening date, and it is still possible that the Wizarding World may not be fully open by then. However, the company's promotion of the vacation packages is a major indication that it expects the Harry Potter attractions to be open at Islands of Adventure in time for the vital Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.
The end of May date aligns with recent announcements regarding competitions to visit the grand opening of the Potter land. For such a major opening, it is very likely that Universal will hold "soft openings" for the Wizarding World in the weeks leading up to May 28. Given the importance of the Wizarding World to Universal, it also possible that it will push to get the area fully open before the end of May as it seeks to draw guests away from nearby Walt Disney World for multi-day visits to its parks. The company has already suggested that the area will be open on a "walk-through" basis in time for its Grad Bash event in late April.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package includes:
- On-site accommodation - at one of Universal Orlando's 3 resort hotels (Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Royal Pacific Resort) or at a Universal Partner Hotel.
- 3-Day Base Ticket - covering entry to both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando.
- Early park admission - allowing entry to Islands of Adventure 1 hour early, and rides on Wizarding World attractions Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge.
- Breakfast - at the new Three Broomsticks restaurant.
- Commemorative grand opening tickets
- Universal CityWalk access - to live entertainment venues.
The packages are available between May 28 and December 31, 2010. 4-night package prices start from $285 per person when staying at a Universal Partner Hotel, and from $645 per person staying at an on-site hotel.
The Wizarding World will feature one all-new attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, when it opens. The ride is set to use robotic arm technology to simulate a "broomstick flight" adventure. Meanwhile, existing rollercoasters Dueling Dragons and The Flying Unicorn will be rethemed, becoming Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff respectively.
The area will be centered around an enormous replica of Hogwarts Castle from the Potter movies, which will house the Forbidden Journey attraction. It will also include at least 6 shops and 2 restaurants, all themed around locations from the Potter universe.
Full details of the attractions, restaurants and shops that will form part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter can be found in TPT's recent news story.
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