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Universal Orlando: Harry Potter-Themed Hotel ... A Geek's Dream

From Kristine Mitchell
Posted August 3, 2013 at 7:34 AM
I just came back from Universal Studios and truly the main reason we went was for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I "geeked out" and bought robes, wands, candy, etc. and essentially had just a great time (even through the downpours!) The only disappointment was The Three Broomsticks. (We had "tickets" for it so I expected it to be more than just a cafeteria-style eatery.) My hope is that Universal builds a Harry Potter-themed hotel modeled after Hogwarts. This hotel would have the different houses (wings). They could have regular rooms and themed rooms (four poster beds and the room to look like Harry's). They could also have regular restaurants and one themed after the great feasts held in the castle served family-style and with the food and atmosphere described in the books. (Yes, I want ghosts flying through talking to me and I want the night sky above and I want to be waited on.) Would this be expensive to stay at? Yes, but I think the Harry Potter fans would really respond enthusiastically to such a concept. I know I would!


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From N B
Posted August 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM
I agree about the Three Broomsticks. A themed sit down restaurant like Mythos would be really cool. They will probably put something similar up at Potter London, but it will be the Leaky Cauldron.

The good news is, the 3B costs about the same as those awful buffet breakfasts at every hotel in Orlando. They also seem to buy the food from the same company as well.

I'm sure JK would want to have full control over any full service themed restaurant, so there would be a lot of red tape to get it approved.

It is a great idea, however. We did the same thing at Potter a couple years ago. Wands, house banners, all sorts of candy, shirts, etc... this time around, we managed not to buy any Potter merchandise (seeing that we already have most of it).

From Tyler Harris
Posted August 4, 2013 at 5:36 AM
Harry Potter Hotel = A GREAT idea, but it will take a lot to get to the announcement part. JK will defend her rights.

Speaking of Universal hotels, Cabana Beach will eventually get free Express, just wait and see.

From James Trexen
Posted August 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM
It will absolutely not ever get free Express. There are many Express users as it is and adding more will stuff the line pretty quickly. Plus, if you can get it at a Value hotel like Cabana Bay, then people will stop going to the moderates like the Loews hotels or Hard Rock.

From Brandon Townsend
Posted August 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM
This is a great idea. There are so many elements and themes to choose from. I'm not even a Potter fan but I would definitely want to stay there. I just don't know if Universal Florida has the real estate for something like that.

From Kristine Mitchell
Posted August 11, 2013 at 4:26 AM
I was just so disappointed by the 3 Broomsticks. I didn't like the cafeteria-style way we had to get our food, the food itself was not that good, and they could have at least had one person in character walking around and talking to guests. I don't mind the expense if the experience is good. In fact, we save up for our vacations so that the expense is not an issue.

From Duncan Henny
Posted August 11, 2013 at 7:50 AM
i just posted a question on the tpi facebook page about a themed potter room at a hotel for his next podcast like what they have done with the despicable me rooms glad to see others think this is a good idea

From Shannon Nelson
Posted August 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM
It sound like a good idea, but there is already a 4th hotel and with the new potter area opening there will be plenty potter. I wish any new expansion would be on new rides. While Harry Potter is great I don't want Universal to transform into Harry Potter world either.

From Ryan Pickhardt
Posted August 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM
Honestly, I wish they did this over the land thing! It would be so cool! Upon entering you get sorted into your house and then for a room key you a are given a wand that not only opens your room door, but allows you to interact with the resort! Guests could take wizard classes or go on quests like in the movies. Then expansions could include Hogsmead, Diagon Alley, Forbidden Forest. Rides could be scattered throughout the resort too, like a Gringotts roller coaster or even the Forbidden Journey! Don't get me wrong, I love the WWoHP, but I would rather spend a night or two in hogwarts :)

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