Local Students Visit Universal Orlando for Hands-On Look at Art-Related Careers

As part of an ongoing partnership between Universal Orlando Resort and Orange County Public Schools, more than 200 students from local middle schools are visiting Universal Orlando this week for a hands-on look at real-world jobs that exist within the entertainment industry.

 

Students from Carver, Union Park and Memorial Middle Schools are joining members of Universal Orlando’s Art & Design department to walk through the processes involved in creating the many attractions and shows at the theme parks.  The students are touring soundstages where the creative team showcases several key processes, such as concept design, production, costuming and makeup – all centered around Universal Orlando’s Holidays and Mardi Gras celebrations. Students have the chance to fire confetti cannons, learn dance choreography, participate in graphic design projects, speak to performers from the popular Grinchmas show and more.

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Universal Orlando artists and designers have also visited the students in their classrooms as part of the program, discussing everything from brainstorming to website creation. As a related project, the students will work in groups to create their very own stage characters, and Universal Orlando will bring them to life at the resort later this school year.

 

Universal Orlando and Orange County Public Schools partnered to create The Art of Tomorrow program in 2012 to inspire local middle school students to stay in school and pursue arts-related careers. Universal Orlando has opened both its theme parks to serve as “learning labs” for students to explore the various creative roles that help make Universal Orlando Resort a world-class entertainment destination.

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Harry Potter Film Stars Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Katie Leung, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch to Appear at “A Celebration of Harry Potter”

Harry Potter film stars Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Katie Leung will appear at “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Creative talent also set to appear includes Pierre Bohanna, head prop maker for the Harry Potter film franchise, Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.

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“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 29 – 31, 2016 at Universal Orlando, allowing fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films and more. Guests will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special panels and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the Harry Potter Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, an interactive mini tour from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and more.

Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station. 

Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and will take place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.


Event details are below:

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)
The Harry Potter Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend.  The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:

 

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London offers visitors the chance to relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life. Visitors can step on to authentic sets and admire the real props and costumes used during filming at the series’ production home in England, UK.

The Studio Tour is bringing an interactive taste of the experience to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ 2016, giving you the chance to see the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the iconic film series.

 

 

  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Sorting Hat Experience

Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat places new Hogwarts students into a house, and now you too have the opportunity to get sorted in a Great Hall setting inspired by the blockbuster films.

 

Step inside the Expo and the red carpet is rolled out welcoming you to an area celebrating the global impact Harry Potter: The Exhibition has had during its 7-year, 13-city tour, including an exclusive Quidditch inspired photo opportunity.

 

  • MinaLima

Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima worked for ten years on the Harry Potter films, creating countless unforgettable graphic props, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as The Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books. Since working on the films, they created the MinaLima Store selling authentic reproductions of the film artwork with limited edition art prints and stationery. They are currently in production on the new feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

 

  • Pottermore from J.K. Rowling

Pottermore is the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and if discovering more about her magical universe excites you, Pottermore has a surprise in store for fans attending this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter. And keep your eyes peeled for their new Pottermore Correspondent (Rita Skeeter she certainly isn’t), who’ll be there hunting out exclusive scoops and bringing you updates on pottermore.com from the weekend’s activities.

 

  • Scholastic

Celebrate Harry Potter at Scholastic’s booth by sharing a message about what Harry Potter means to you. Color in a magical page from our brand-new Harry Potter coloring book. Be sure to enter daily raffles for a chance to win a copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a box set of all seven Harry Potter books, or a Harry Potter coloring book. Collectible giveaways are available for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

To join the conversation, use #HPCelebration. For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit
www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

 

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)

Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special panels and demonstrations for kids. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.

 

  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion

Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.    

 

·         Behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter props with Pierre Bohanna

Ever wondered how long it takes to make a wand? Or where the inspiration for the hundreds of wand designs in the Harry Potter film series came from? Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents head prop maker for the films, Pierre Bohanna, who will answer these questions and more. Once you’ve discovered how they were made, raise your own wand as Death Eaters invade the stage to demonstrate how battle scenes were brought to life.

 

  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 13 cities in 9 countries and hosted almost 4 million guests. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the global impact of the franchise. Get an exclusive look at the exhibition’s creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creators, film producers, and film actors who have participated in the openings.

 

  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies. They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including The Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, and The Quibbler, amongst others.  Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their  involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, for which they designed all the street and store graphics. During the panel they will welcome questions from the audience.

 

This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ demonstrations and interactive experiences such as a ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

 

Florida Residents who Act Now can Save on Multi-Day Tickets and Vacation Packages to Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new Hero ticket just for Florida residents – designed to give them huge savings on multi-day ticket options to Universal’s award-winning theme parks.  Offers are available for a limited time and include:

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Three-Day Ticket – can be used for THREE DAYS between now and Jan. 31, 2016. Blockout dates apply.

·         3-day base ticket (access to one theme park per day) for $129.99 plus tax, per person

·         3-day park-to-park ticket (access to both theme parks on each day) for $163.99 plus tax, per person

 

Two-Day Ticket – can be used for TWO DAYS between now and Jan. 31, 2016. Blockout dates apply.

·         2-day base ticket (access to one theme park per day) for $119.99 plus tax, per person

·         2-day park-to-park ticket (access to both theme parks on each day) for $153.99 plus tax, per person

 

Florida residents can also save $50 on a two-night getaway that includes hotel accommodations for two nights, a 2-day park-to-park ticket and early theme park admission.

 

In addition to access to the thrills and excitement of Universal Orlando’s incredible theme parks, this new offer also gives Florida residents the chance to enjoy special events that are included with park admission, including the 25th Anniversary Concert Series this November and Universal’s beloved Holidays celebration in December.

 

The Hero ticket and vacation package offers are available for purchase online now through December 14, 2015 and are valid for use now through January 31, 2016 (blockout dates and restrictions apply).  For more information and to purchase tickets or packages, visit www.universalorlando.com.

Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series Concludes This Weekend With Carly Rae Jepsen & Daughtry

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series concludes this weekend with musical performances by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen on Friday, November 27 and GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry on Saturday, November 28.

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Multi-platinum artist, Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed new album E·MO·TION in August, earning her a host of rave reviews declaring it the pop album of the year to date. E·MO·TION is the follow-up to Jepsen’s 2012 U.S. debut album Kiss, which featured her blockbuster break-out hit “Call Me Maybe” and earned her two GRAMMY nominations that year.

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GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Daughtry, has sold more than 8 million albums and 18 million singles worldwide. Daughtry’s self-titled debut album was the fastest selling rock debut in Neilsen SoundScan history featuring hit singles like “It’s Not Over,” “Home” and “Feels Like Tonight.” In 2013, the band released its fourth album, “Baptized,” with its lead single, “Waiting for Superman,” breaking into the top 15 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

 

Access to the concert series is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass. For more information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

 

JIMMY FALLON TO GET HIS OWN RIDE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

The host of America’s No. 1 late-night talk show will soon get his very own theme park attraction at Universal Orlando Resort. 

 

In 2017, Jimmy Fallon – host of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and one of today’s funniest comedians – will be the star of a brand-new hilarious ride experience at Universal Studios Florida called, “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  Guests will enjoy the full “Tonight Show” experience as they’re transported to Studio 6B to race against Jimmy in a crazy adventure that only he could imagine.

 

Jimmy and his creative team are working closely with Universal to develop the ride’s storyline and bring his vision to life.  The experience will seamlessly blend the playful and irreverent world of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with the incredible technology and imaginative storytelling for which Universal Orlando is known. 

 

The adventure will begin as guests step right into Studio 6B, where Jimmy will challenge them and their fellow audience members to a white-knuckle race.   Guests will twist, turn and laugh as they speed through the streets – and skies – of The Big Apple – encountering everything from iconic landmarks to the deepest subway tunnels – and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind.

 

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will open in 2017 at Universal Studios Florida and join the incredible lineup of experiences at Universal Orlando Resort.  It will replace Twister…Ride It Out, which will close on November 2 to make way for the new experience. 

 

More details will be released in the future.  Stay tuned to universalorlando.com for updates.

 

About The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights on NBC and is the highest-rated, late-night show in the U.S.  Recorded from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, the show is hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, and also stars announcer Steve Higgins and the award-winning band The Roots.  The show, which features comedic sketches and games, interviews with celebrity guests and musical performances, has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, and has become a staple of pop culture.

 

About Universal Orlando Resort
For 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.  Guests can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty burger in Springfield, join the ranks of the Minions and so much more.

 

Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet ‘n Wild, a family water park.

 

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 18 new guest experiences in the past five years – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel.  And more is on the way.  Coming in 2016 is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure.  And in 2017 will come Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience; and Fast & Furious: Supercharged, a high-octane journey that will bring to life one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.

 

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT PRESENTS SPECIAL TAPING FOR 2015 NICKELODEON HALO AWARDS

On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON.  The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.

 

WALK THE MOON will perform a six-song set that includes their multiformat No. 1 triple-platinum hit single, “Shut Up and Dance,” along with their new track, “Different Colors.”  Both songs are off the band’s acclaimed sophomore album, TALKING IS HARD.  WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (lead singer, songwriter and keyboard player), Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals), Kevin Ray (bass, vocals) and Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals). 

 

On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON.  The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.

On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON. The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.

Hosted, created and executive produced by Nick Cannon, the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards is a one-of-a-kind concert event that honors young leaders from across the country.  Now in its seventh year, the awards show recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO).  In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service. The 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards will be simulcast Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, CMT, Nick.com and the Nick App. 

 

For more information about the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards taping at Universal Orlando Resort and WALK THE MOON’s performance, visit blog.universalorlando.com.

Guests Call Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 the Scariest Event Ever

Guests are calling Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 the scariest event in Halloween Horror Nights history…period.  This year, the event has shattered records in guest ratings on overall experience, and it features the top-rated haunted house in history – Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem.

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CLICK HERE to watch fan reactions to this year’s event and learn why Halloween Horror Nights is the nation’s best Halloween event.

 

For 30 select nights through Nov. 1, guests can visit Universal Orlando’s theme parks by day and become victims of their own horror film by night at Halloween Horror Nights. Guests can dare to try nine disturbingly-real haunted houses, two live shows and five uniquely terrifying scare zones featuring more menacing “scareactors” than ever before. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.