Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! This week we journey to Universal Orlando and enjoy the Celebration of Harry Potter festival that happened over the weekend.

Welcome to Universal!
Welcome to Universal!
Crews were filming the event all weekend.
Crews were filming the event all weekend.
Despicable Me is testing a Fastpass like return ticket system.
Despicable Me is testing a Fastpass like return ticket system.
Probably a precursor to the way the Fallon ride will operate.
Probably a precursor to the way the Fallon ride will operate.
All interview events happened on the concert stage.
All the Harry Potter panels took place on the concert stage.
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The Jimmy Fallon attraction building looks like it is right out of NYC.

 

The Tonight Shop is now open!
The Tonight Shop is now open!

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Hashtag the Panda merchandise.
Hashtag the Panda merchandise.

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Inside the first Potter Expo room we go.
Inside the first Potter Expo room we go.

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Lego was there.
Lego was there.
So was Audible.
So was Audible.
A fun mosaic made of Instagram posts.
A fun mosaic made of Instagram posts.
A petrified Hermoine!
A petrified Hermoine!
There was a VR tour of Newt's suitcase from Fantastic Beasts.
There was a VR tour of Newt’s suitcase from Fantastic Beasts.
As well as a feature on the Cursed Child play in London.
As well as a feature on the Cursed Child play in London.
What would a Potter event be without merchandise?
What would a Potter event be without merchandise?

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Long line to get into the second expo hall.
Long line to get into the second expo hall.
Mardi Gras decor is up, as the event starts this weekend.
Mardi Gras decor is up, as the event starts this weekend.
Awesome Fantastic Beasts chalk art.
Awesome Fantastic Beasts chalk art.

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More Mardi Gras setup.
More Mardi Gras setup.

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The candy shop on the corner is still behind walls.
The candy shop on the corner is still behind walls.
Newt and Porpetina in New York!
Newt and Porpetina in New York!
Not too much new to see at F&F.
The current state of the Fast and the Furious construction site. Yes, the construction projects at Universal are stacked up like airplanes waiting to land. It’s so exciting!

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Lots of cosplay in the park this weekend.
Lots of cosplay in the park this weekend.

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Simpsons are currently down for refurbishment.
The Simpsons ride is currently down for refurbishment.
Next, we entered the second Expo hall and did the miniature London studio tour.
Next, we entered the second Expo hall and did the miniature London studio tour.
Lots of cool things to see here.
Lots of cool things to see here.

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Hagrid!
Hagrid!

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The original Aragog from the films.
The original Aragog from the films.

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There was lots of cool art on display.
There was lots of cool art on display.

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Playing quidditch!
Playing quidditch!

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Movie costumes from Fantastic Beasts.
Movie costumes from Fantastic Beasts.

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One last look at the Expo floor.
One last look at the Expo floor.
There is a Sorting Hat experience outside that had 90 minute waits as well.
There is a Sorting Hat experience outside that had 90 minute waits as well.


That's it for this week!
That’s it for this week!

That wraps up this week’s column. What do you all think, would this celebration be a fun event to attend? Excited for Mardi Gras this year? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!