Hogwarts Castle at night

The Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the first anniversary of the Wizarding of Harry Potter's opening day with a surprise celebration at Islands of Adventure.

The celebration took place at 9.23am on June 18, matching the exact time the Potter-themed land opened a year earlier. After a brief countdown led by the conductor of the Hogwarts Express train, it saw snow-colored confetti and gold streamers shower down onto watching guests. Free Butterbeer, Cauldron Cakes and Chocolate Frogs were then distributed to the crowd.

A video of the celebration is embedded below, courtesy of Orlando Attractions Magazine:

In addition to the physical events going in Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando also launched a special section on its Facebook page for guests to post their favorite Wizaring World memories. The page features a range of photos and videos from the land's first year in operation.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proven to be enormously successful, with attendance at Islands of Adventure rising by more than 30% to 6.3 million visitors during 2010. It has drawn large crowds since its opening day, which saw some guests waiting as long as 9 hours to get into the area.


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