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Celebration of Harry Potter 2017

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Universal Orlando's A Celebration of Harry Potter returns for 2017. Image ©Universal
Universal Orlando’s A Celebration of Harry Potter returns for 2017. Image ©Universal

Hello, Muggles! Universal Orlando has announced its dates and vacation package prices for a Celebration of Harry Potter 2017. This very popular event happens January 27-29, 2017, at Universal Orlando resort. Folks who purchase a vacation package will have access to ticketed events other attendees will not.

There are many ways to experience this event from buying the whole vacation package, to including it in your already scheduled Universal vacation, to experiencing it as a day guest. For the most part, the Harry Potter activities are concentrated in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.

Here is some of our previous coverage of a Celebration of Harry Potter:

SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons We Love Universal’s A Celebration of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Releases 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter Schedule

2015 Celebration of Harry Potter Schedule and Autograph Session Information

How to Enjoy Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter Celebration 2015 without a Special Package)

Photo: Brandon Glover
Photo: Brandon Glover

In 2016, crowds for the weekend event were slightly higher than for the weekends before and after it, but wait times (for non-Harry Potter attractions) were by no means at peak levels.

Universal hasn’t released a schedule or confirmed which movie personalities will show, but it looks like a packed line-up. You may even need a Time Turner to do it all.

Here is what Universal has said:

Premium Vacation Package Includes:

  • 3-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket^ to Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™
  • Early Park Admission◊ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Exclusive Autograph and Photo Session with select film talent
  • Evening Reception at the Harry Potter™ Expo (Saturday)
  • Exclusive Evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ (includes access to both Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™) with desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer™ – one per person (Friday)
  • Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio session at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™
  • Exclusive Talent Q&A session with select film talent
  • Special Guest access to the Harry Potter™ Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special Guest access to Panels and Demonstrations (guaranteed)
  • Reserved section for select Panels and Demonstrations
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ – one per person
  • Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron™ in Universal Studios Florida™ – one per person
  • Commemorative merchandise item from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ – one per package
  • Commemorative pin from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ and lanyard – one per person
  • Access to select live entertainment venues^^ at Universal CityWalk™

Good luck with your bookings. May the force be…. um, may the odds be ever in your… Eh – forget it. May you always have enough socks.

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2 thoughts on “Celebration of Harry Potter 2017

  • Do they tend to keep any special decorations and merch out a little after the celebration? I’ll be there Feb 2, 3, 4, and although I’m not a big enough HP fan to want to brave crowds for it, it would be neat to see some of the decorations and merch.

    • I’m with you – really looking forward to our day stop on the 30th, and VERY GLAD I didn’t have it scheduled for the 29th!


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