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!
Crews were filming the event all weekend.
Despicable Me is testing a Fastpass like return ticket system.
Probably a precursor to the way the Fallon ride will operate.
All the Harry Potter panels took place on the concert stage.
The Jimmy Fallon attraction building looks like it is right out of NYC.
The Tonight Shop is now open!
Hashtag the Panda merchandise.
Inside the first Potter Expo room we go.
Lego was there.
So was Audible.
A fun mosaic made of Instagram posts.
A petrified Hermoine!
There was a VR tour of Newt’s suitcase from Fantastic Beasts.
As well as a feature on the Cursed Child play in London.
What would a Potter event be without merchandise?
Long line to get into the second expo hall.
Mardi Gras decor is up, as the event starts this weekend.
Awesome Fantastic Beasts chalk art.
More Mardi Gras setup.
The candy shop on the corner is still behind walls.
Newt and Porpetina in New York!
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!
Lots of cosplay in the park this weekend.
The Simpsons ride is currently down for refurbishment.
Next, we entered the second Expo hall and did the miniature London studio tour.
Lots of cool things to see here.
The original Aragog from the films.
There was lots of cool art on display.
Movie costumes from Fantastic Beasts.
One last look at the Expo floor.
There is a Sorting Hat experience outside that had 90 minute waits as well.
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!