It's back to school time, which typically means it's time to close shop or scale back at the nation's theme parks. But when your park is home to the most famous school in the world, September is something to celebrate.
The Universal Orlando Resort is honoring the back-to-school season with a month-long Back to Hogwarts event in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Universal will kick off the event with a social media meet-up on September 1, with sign-up instructions to be announced soon. (Update: Registration opens tomorrow at 8am ET. It'll fill before 8:01, if past meet-ups provide any guide.)
Back to Hogwarts isn't a typical theme park special event, in that it isn't focused on the special food, merchandise, or entertainment that parks usually roll out for such things. Instead, the event seems more focused on social elements designed to bring Harry Potter fans together. Which fits, when you think about it. Because, wasn't the highlight of going back to school getting to see your friends again, and to meet new ones?
Each Friday during the event, Universal has scheduled a group photo opportunity, when fans are encouraged to cosplay and meet other fans at a designated time and place.
Universal already is the most encouraging of all-ages cosplay among the major theme parks, given that is sells house robes, wands, and other wizarding gear in its Harry Potter lands. But for this event, Universal is encouraging all-out costume wear in the Wizarding World during the month, provided you stick within the resort's costume guidelines, which boil down to no masks, no weapons, you've got to be able to fit through a metal detector, don't pretend to be a Universal team member, and if you want to buy alcohol, don't make-up your face so much that you no longer look like your ID.
If Back to Hogwarts whets your appetite for more interaction with fellow Harry Potter fans, Universal holds a three-day Celebration of Harry Potter on the final weekend of January. More details about the 2019 event are expected soon.Tweet
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