Most of the activities for A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort are open to everyone, as long as you have theme park tickets. You can enjoy the expo on Soundstage 33 at Universal Studios Florida and enjoy presentations and question and answer sessions at Islands of Adventure until the event ends on January 26.
However, if you were lucky enough to score one of the special vacation packages before they sold out, you had an extra treat on Saturday night. In addition to an express line for the expo and priority seating at the presentations, the package also got you admission to to a special party.
If you'd like to see what the party was all about, check out the photos in this list. You'll see why the vacation packages sold out almost as soon as Universal Orlando Resort put them on sale. Coming down to Orlando for A Celebration of Harry Potter was definitely the consummate experience for all hard-core Potter fans...at least until Diagon Alley opens. The new area will debut later this year, bringing a second Potter experience to Universal Orlando Resort.
One of the first things you have to do in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is drink butterbeer. It was all-you-can-drink for party-goers on the vacation package.
Of course, you have to take a minute out of your busy evening to chat with the Hogwarts Express conductor. Soon you'll be able to take the train between the Wizarding World and Diagon Alley.
Ollivanders Wand Shop
The great thing about being at the party was that the Ollivanders line was nearly non-existent. It can stretch well over an hour on busy days, but it was only five to ten minutes at the party.
In addition to unlimited butterbeer, party-goes were served goodies like giant pretzels, nachos, churros, and Potter goodies like this treacle pudding.
You could wash down your food with as much pumpkin juice as you wished. Like the butterbeer, it flowed freely throughout the night. The bottles make great souvenirs.
In addition to numerous appearances over the course of the weekend, Harry Potter cast members came out on stage to great fans at the vacation package party.
Flight of the Hippogriff
Both Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge had almost no wait time during the party. You could ride them as much as you wished throughout the evening.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has no wait either. You could ride or just take your time strolling at a leisurely pace through Hogwarts Castle, admiring all the detail.