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Harry Potter doesn’t own wizards and magic wands — though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando certainly popularized selling them in merchandise form.

The magic wand is a particularly clever piece of marketing that also is deeply connected to the world of Harry Potter — there are whole subplots about the importance of a wizard’s bond with his wand and how the “wand chooses the wizard.” Heck, the entire finale of Harry Potter hinges on the ownership of a wand! Merlin’s wand in Disney’s The Sword in the Stone? Not so pivotal.

But Disneyland Paris is piggybacking on the success of the Harry Potter wands, and creating their own brand of magic wands that can be sold at a Merlin’s Shop near you! And by near you, I mean exclusively in Disneyland Paris.

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A new ride is coming to Hogwarts.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando will be introducing a new  “thrill ride” in 2019, replacing the Dragon Challenge. Details are vague on what the new ride will entail, but it’s exciting news for a theme park that has been rapidly expanding since it first opened, in which only a few motion-based rides were available. Now, the theme park world of Harry Potter is only getting richer and more magical.

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Back in 2015, we first learned that Universal Studios was teaming up with Nintendo to bring the video game company’s iconic characters and games into their theme parks. Details were scarce – which parks would feature Nintendo characters and how they’d be utilized remained unknown.

Today, the first official details have been revealed. Entire Nintendo-themed lands are being planned for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan and adjectives like “expansive,” “immersive” and “interactive are being tossed around. Hit the jump to learn about the Nintendo Worlds coming to Universal Studios theme parks.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Universal Studios Florida reveals the first official details about their new Volcano Bay waterpark.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood is making room for new theme park attractions.
  • Disney’s California Adventure is now offering special packages for their Frozen show.
  • The original Soarin‘ has been officially replaced by Soarin’ Around the World.
  • New footage from Shanghai Disneyland has arrived online.

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Universal Orlando May Be Planning Third Theme Park

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Universal Studios might be planning to add a third theme park to their Orlando Resort to complement Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure. A new report claims that the company is interested in buying a massive lot of land along Universal Boulevard and has an offer in. Learn more about the possible Universal Orlando third park, after the jump.
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Raptor Encounter

The lesson of every film in the Jurassic Park franchise, up to and including this summer’s Jurassic World, is “Don’t mess with dinosaurs.” But clearly, the folks at Universal Orlando Resort still haven’t gotten the message.

This weekend, the park introduced the Raptor Encounter, a new attraction that allows guests to get “up close and personal” with one of two velociraptors. Take a peek at the Jurassic Park Raptor Encounter at Universal Orlando after the jump. Read More »

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

It’s not often that Muggles get bragging rights over wizards, but today is one of those rare days. Universal Orlando has just announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now serving hot butterbeer, in addition to their regular offerings of cold and frozen butterbeer.

In contrast, the wizarding world as chronicled in J.K. Rowling‘s original books only offered butterbeer in two forms, cold and hot. Take that, wizards. Hit the jump for details on exactly where to get hot butterbeer.  Read More »

John Landis, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of ÒAn American Werewolf in LondonÓ visited Universal OrlandoÕs Halloween Horror Nights 23 on Friday, September 20, 2013 to enjoy the elaborate haunted house that brought his classic horror film to life.

Entering its 23rd year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has a simple directive: to scare you senseless. While the haunted mazes inspired by original and obscure content offer plenty of chills, the main draw is being able to step inside a beloved horror franchise. This year’s incarnation dares fans to confront the demons of Evil Dead, the lickers of Resident Evil, the lycanthropes of An American Werewolf in London, the shuffling walkers of The Walking Dead, and the smorgasbord of baddies beneath The Cabin in the Woods. Universal Studios invited /Film to a V.I.P. – sorry, R.I.P – opening night, beginning with a special walk-through with the creator of a bona fide classic. Read More »