NBC to air Universal Orlando/Harry Potter special on Sunday
NBC will broadcast a half-hour TV special on the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter
at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park this Sunday, June 6, at 7pm Eastern and Pacific (6 Central and Mountain).
The special will include a video tour of the new land, as well as commentary from cast and creators.
The NBC television network is part of NBC/Universal, which shares ownership of the Universal Orlando resort with Blackstone Group.
Update: If you missed it (or want to see it again), here's the video.
This is great to know, Robert. Thanks for posting!
I was going to submit this as a story actually. Glad you saw it to Robert!
Thanks for the tip Robert!
"What's Good for Tourism and Entertainment is Good for Central Florida."
I'm interested in the math here. (I know, me being interested in math. HUGE shock...) But I wonder how much money NBC/Universal will net from additional tickets and hotel reservations from people watching this special versus additional ad revenue that Dateline would have netted for this 30-minute broadcast spot. (I presume that NBC will book some ad revenue from the Harry Potter special as well.)
I miss these kind of things! I feel like new things at Disneyland/ Disney World had TV specials more often back in the 80's, but that could just be me as a kid.
Many commented on Universal's lack of promotion for Hollywood Rip, Ride and Rockit! When it opened, now we see why. Universal have really pushed the boat out with the Wizarding World, it's good to see.
Getting excited to watch this in six minutes! Hope we get to see some special sneak peeks.
I waited till 6 to watch this. Unfortunately there was an error on the post. It was at 5 mountain time instead of the mentioned 6. NHL started at 6 here in MST. Guess I'll have to look for it online.
It ended up starting at 8pm here in LA, due to the hockey game. I thought it was well done - straight out of the ABC/Disney corss-promotional playbook, but with a touch more geek appeal than I've seen in ABC specials on Disney theme parks. No, it wasn't made for Theme Park Insider readers (you'll learn more about the new land on our Wizarding World of Harry Potter page), but I think casual observers likely would have been impressed.
I had some issues with it. First and foremost, they kept on refering to it as a park and I know we all know it is but a small section of a larger themepark but I can't help but wonder if people not "in the know" may think it is something bigger than it is.
I agree with Scott B in wanting to see more - the basic rule of "show, don't tell". The special itself wasn't advertised a whole lot, so mostly only fans of some sort would have known about it, and the delays with hockey...
I agree, I wish they could have given us a glimpse (maybe a second or less of footage) of some of the attractions, or even the exteriors but from angles that you can't see on foot?
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