The Universal Orlando Resort today confirmed that it will not host its annual Celebration of Harry Potter fan fest this January, snapping what had become a five-year tradition at the resort.
Last year, Universal announced the dates and the initial line-up for the event in September, so fans were looking for confirmation of the next event. Instead, Universal issued a statement that the fan fest would not take place.
Universal Orlando Resort is working on exciting new experiences for guests to continue to celebrate The Wizarding World next year. These include the all-new thrill ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and additional fan experiences that have yet to be announced. While our focus on these fan experiences means we will not be hosting A Celebration of Harry Potter in 2019, we and other Universal theme parks will always be looking for opportunities to host special Wizarding World experiences.
Curiously, the Celebration of Harry Potter this evening still appears as a search result on the "Events" page of the Universal Orlando website, though clicking the listing yields a "page not found" error, then a redirect to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter page.
The Celebration of Harry Potter traditionally filled the last weekend in January with in-park appearances by film cast members and behind-the-camera production leaders, as well as exhibits and cosplay galore. Universal recently redirected some of those social elements into this month's Back to Hogwarts celebration, which also is happening at Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World, as well as those at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.Tweet
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