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A Celebration of Harry Potter 2017 Dates Revealed

by Mommy Frog on August 19, 2016
4 Orlando

Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks. 

Here are this week’s theme park highlights:

  • A Celebration of Harry Potter Returns in January 2017A Celebration of Harry Potter will return to Universal Orlando on Jan. 27-29. The celebration will include question and answer sessions with talent from the films, special panels and demonstrations, and interactive experiences. Attendees typically share their Potter love by dressing up as favorite characters while they experience the events as well as the Wizarding Worlds. With the recent release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the upcoming opening of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and J.K. Rowling's announcement of three new Harry Potter eBooks, there is sure to be even more magic at the 2017 celebration. Expect more details soon!
  • Halloween Horror Nights 26 - Virtual Reality Experience The RepositoryThe full lineup for Halloween Horror Nights 26 at Universal Orlando has finally been revealed. FX's American Horror Story will be among the houses at this year's event. Universal also announced a brand-new virtual reality experience called "The Repository" that will offer guests a next-level, immersive scare experience for an additional $49. We've got all the gory details on our comprehensive guide.
  • Disney has revealed some of the new experiences coming to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall. The whole family can get involved in making a dish in Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef at Disney's Contemporary Resort. There will also be workshops on making sushi and pasta, plus wine pairing and cocktail crafting!
  • medals-cap10kThose of you set to run (or hop!) in the Super Heroes Half Marathon races at Disneyland this November are in for a spectacular treat. The Disney Parks Blog has provided a sneak peek of all the race medals, including the Captain America 5k metal medal in the shape of a shield! Those of you running the Doctor Strange 10K and the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon have a chance to earn the spectacular Infinity Gauntlet Challenge medal.
  • Planet Hollywood is set to reopen at Disney Springs this fall after a major makeover, and Guy Fieri will be revamping the menu. Some of his over-the-top creations will include the Prime Time American Kobe-Inspired Burger and the Turkey Pic-a-nic Sandwich.
  • LEGOLAND Beach RetreatLEGOLAND Florida has provided a sneak peek inside the new beach-themed bungalows set to open at its LEGOLAND Beach Retreat in mid-2017. The bright and colorful, beachy rooms are the perfect place to kick back and kick off a LEGO vacation.

That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!

Hoppy planning!

If you’re thinking about a trip to Disney World, make sure to check out the other news, tips and information we post to the blog throughout the week. If you’re ready to plan your trip, we recommend you start with our Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 31, 2016 at 6:37 p.m.
Mohsin ikram Says...


I have already bought my ticket for hhn on Wednesday Oct 19. I want to see each and every thing. Should i buy hhn express pass or would going on a Wednesday itself should be sufficient to allow me enough time to see all the houses and all the shows

Sep 14, 2016 at 2:53 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...


I would consider purchasing them even for the Wednesday if you want to see and do everything.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 21, 2016 at 3:40 p.m.
Steve M Says...

Hi I'm thinking of attending the 1st night, is this one usually super busy, or would I be better on the sat or sun? Going on my own as everyone else is too scared :)

Aug 22, 2016 at 8:36 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

Are you talking about Halloween Horror Nights? These events are very well attended on all nights. Sunday night might be a better bet. Our guide lists the best dates:

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog


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