Harry Potter and the Hard Ticket
Following the news that Diagon Alley will not be open for Halloween Horror Nights
, let's ask this question:
What hard-ticket event could Universal Orlando devise that would showcase the two Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade? If DA won't be open for HHN, what could/should it be open for?
Let's assume that Universal wouldn't and shouldn't try this until at least a full year after Diagon Alley opens, meaning perhaps a 2016 start at the earliest. But at some point, Universal will have an "off" season for these two lands in which it could boost attendance with a special event.
But what would be unique -- not just a LeakyCon rehash -- and be something that would make thousands of visitors, not just hard-core Harry Potter fans, want to book an extra trip to Universal Orlando just to be part of it, as many now do for Halloween Horror Nights?
Let's hear your best suggestions!
I say try put the christmas event like the flying ghost we saw in the first film in the dinning area. that was around christmas time that might just work. maybe even have a new attraction like the flying car that was in the chamber of secrets maybe that could be a ride like something simular to back in the future. they could defenitely eventually bring in the damentors for a halloween horror nights event
I wonder if Universal could do a family-friendly, trick-or-treat-driven Halloween event to compete with Mickey's. It would have to take place at IOA, with USF hosting the adult-oriented HHN. But perhaps DA could be included in the IOA event, using Hogwarts Express for access and some barrier in place to exclude DA and London from HHN at USF. Harry Potter is an ideal fit for Halloween, though not in the style of HHN.
yes, you see when you think about it there many different things you can plan and create for DA or Hogsmeade in december time. Don't get me wrong I love Halloween Horror Nights I go because I actually want to go. It is a major event and sure who wouldn't love to be a part of it, but there are certainly people who go there just to be there.
I think that adding a Halloween or Christmas-related event to Hogsmeade and/or DA would be a brilliant idea, but I'm wondering how much leeway Universal has in doing so. Robert, do you know if all future events must meet JKR's approval? It seems like she was extremely instrumental in developing/approving the existing WWOHP areas. I thought that all design for the parks had to be true to the novels. Any insights?
I recall the Harry Potter movies are often released in in the fall as a Christmas release despite its occult theme. Thus, it should have Halloween and Christmas events as that is appropriate. I agree with Robert that a family friendly Halloween could take advantage of Hogwarts and Dragon Alley, but which park should host it?
smart move to come up with a christmas event as well. they should start thinking of what can they do with that
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