From Warner Bros. --
Harry Potter™: The Exhibition Extended through April 6
Enter for a Chance to Win Memorabilia Signed by James and Oliver Phelps
EDMONTON, Canada – March 4, 2014 – Due to popular demand, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton has extended the run of Harry Potter: The Exhibition until April 6, 2014. Originally scheduled to close March 9, 2014, the blockbuster exhibition has already attracted an incredible number of fans from Western Canada and the extension will allow more visitors to experience the exhibition before it leaves North America to begin a European tour.
In celebration of the extension, from March 4 through April 6, Harry Potter: The Exhibition guests can enter for a chance to win one of the exhibition’s replica Quaffle™ balls or one of three souvenir posters, each signed by James and Oliver Phelps who played Fred and George Weasley, the prankster twins, in the Harry Potter film series.
To be entered for a chance to win, visitors who purchase tickets at the box office or online for any Harry Potter: The Exhibition date between March 4 and April 6 will receive an entry form. Winners will be drawn on April 7 and announced at the venue. No purchase is necessary and official contest rules are available on the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton website and at the box office.
Visitors to the exhibition will see the amazing craftsmanship behind hundreds of authentic costumes and film props from all eight of the Harry Potter films. Created by Global Experience Specialists (GES) in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the exhibition has been experienced by more than three-million visitors around the globe since its debut five years ago. The exhibition made its world premiere in Chicago in April 2009, with stops in Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo, before opening in Edmonton on November 23, 2013.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition includes elaborate settings inspired by the film sets and locations that are filled with authentic film props, costumes and creatures including Harry Potter’s glasses, wand and Nimbus 2000™. Guests can also step inside interactive displays such as a re-creation of Hagrid’s hut and sit in his giant-sized armchair, enter the Quidditch™ area and toss a Quaffle, and even pull a Mandrake in the Herbology classroom vignette.
The exhibition is open daily and will run through Sunday, April 6, 2014 at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton. Tickets are available online at telusworldofscienceedmonton.com, by calling 780-451-3344, or by visiting the science centre’s box office.Admission to Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which includes general admission to the science centre’s exhibition halls, is $26.50 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and youth (ages 65+ and 13-17), and $19.50 for children (ages 3-12); for TELUS World of Science - Edmonton members, admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and youth, and $14 for children.
From Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter --
This April visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are invited to discover how filmmakers brought feathered creatures to life on screen and created the illusion of flight on the sets of the most successful film series of all time. From Friday 4th to Sunday 27th April, a selection of owls, ravens, special effects equipment and feathered animatronics will fill the attraction as part of its first ever Feathers and Flight feature.
Visitors will get the chance to pose for a photograph with the owl that played Harry Potter’s letter-delivering companion Hedwig as he sits outside 4 Privet Drive. The talented owls that played Ron Weasley’s tiny pet Pigwidgeon and the Weasley family owl Errol will be stationed along the wizarding street of Diagon Alley and crows and ravens that appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will demonstrate their acting skills in the Studio Tour’s backlot. In addition to watching live training demonstrations, visitors will discover how birds learnt to ‘act’ by taking a look at the equipment that was used on set.
Hair and Feather Supervisor Val Jones will lead an expert team to demonstrate the techniques that made winged wonders such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Fawkes the Phoenix a reality on screen. By individually inserting thousands of feathers, Val worked to create the Hippogriff’s feathery coat which helped transform it into a believable creature that really moved.
Visitors will be able to see the broomsticks of Fred and George Weasley, used during their escape in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, in Hogwarts’ iconic Great Hall and the set will be decorated as it was for owl post delivery scenes. Specially-made broomsticks and letters, which were designed to be light enough for owls to carry, will be on display as well as a breakfast feast of racks of toast, cereal and jugs of juice.
· The Buckbeak that appeared curled up in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch was an animatronic; his wings, neck, eyes and beak all moved. In other scenes, the Hippogriff was created digitally by the Visual Effects team and the cast were given props – such as a beak on a stick – to interact with on set.
· The animatronic Fawkes was so realistic that even some members of the cast believed he was a real bird when they first saw him! It was only when the Creature Effects team moved the Phoenix using their control buttons that they realised he wasn’t.
· Contrary to popular belief, owls aren’t quite as wise as they are thought to be. They can take up to three months to learn what a raven or crow can learn in just one week.
Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.
From Universal Orlando Resort --
Universal Orlando Resort today announced it will hire nearly 3,500 new team members during 2014 for a wide range of managerial, professional, high-tech, guest service and other positions.
The new jobs will be permanent positions due to growth across Universal Orlando's entire destination. They are in addition to more than 3,500 new jobs Universal Orlando has already created since 2009.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the new jobs Friday during a news conference at Universal Orlando following a tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley construction site. The more than 20-acre site will be home to Universal Orlando's newest theme park entertainment project. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be located at Universal Studios, one of two Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. It complements The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened at the adjacent Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in 2010.
Universal Orlando is also opening a new, 1,800-room hotel called the Cabana Bay Beach Resort later this year. The new hotel will be Universal Orlando's fourth on-site hotel and will feature 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms. In addition, a transformation of Universal's CityWalk began in late 2013 and will continue through 2014 – bringing a total of eight new venues to the entertainment complex.
The new positions will serve The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal CityWalk and other areas. They include:
- Management opportunities in theme park operations, food and beverage, retail and hospitality
- Skilled technical positions
- Culinary positions
- Hourly positions in guest services, theme park operations, food and beverage, retail, hospitality and other areas
About 40 percent of the new jobs will be managerial, high-tech or other highly skilled positions. Hiring will begin immediately. People can visit http://www.universalorlandojobs.com/ for information and to apply for the new positions.
From Universal Orlando Resort --
Never before has a theme park created a guest experience like this: you climb aboard the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade and moments later arrive at King's Cross Station - where the wonders of London and Diagon Alley unfold before you. And it is all real.
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With this summer's opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment will bring even more of Harry Potter's adventures to life inside a new, magnificently themed area that includes a revolutionary attraction experience, as well as all-new themed shops and dining.
The two companies today revealed first-ever details about the new area and the one-of-a-kind adventures it will offer the whole family. The spectacularly themed environment will double the size of the sweeping area already dedicated to Harry Potter's adventures at Universal Orlando, expanding it across both Universal theme parks.
And - just like in the books and films - guests will be able to travel between the two areas aboard the iconic Hogwarts Express.
Universal Orlando launched a global phenomenon when it opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at its Islands of Adventure theme park in 2010. That area includes the iconic Hogwarts castle - which houses the groundbreaking Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction - and the village of Hogsmeade. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will be located within Universal Orlando's second theme park, Universal Studios, and will create new experiences based on the signature areas of London, Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley.
Universal's creative team has been working closely with Stuart Craig and the production team from the Harry Potter films to make the new area as authentic and spectacular as possible - just as it did with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.
The vision for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is unprecedented, with Universal Orlando creating the world's first centrally themed, multi-park experience.
After arriving at King's Cross Station aboard the Hogwarts Express, guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley - a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city. There will be shops, dining experiences, and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts - a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will give visitors the exciting opportunity to:
- Board the Hogwarts Express and journey between London's King's Cross Station (located in Universal Studios Florida) and Hogsmeade Station (located in Universal's Islands of Adventure). The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside - as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.
- Experience a groundbreaking new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults
- Witness the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, one of the wizarding world's premier wand shops
- Discover the darker side of magic in Knockturn Alley, the darkest of dark places that features Borgin and Burkes - a shop specializing in the Dark Arts that will offer a wide variety of Dark objects, such as Death Eater masks, skulls, and other sinister items
- Explore some of Diagon Alley's famous shops, including:
- Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone
- Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, where guests will find a variety of wizardwear from Hogwarts school uniform ties, scarves and jumpers, to authentic wizard's robes and character costumes
- Magical Menagerie, which features a collection of plush animals, such as owls and Hippogriffs
- Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, where guests can grab wizarding essentials such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses
- Quality Quidditch Supplies, offering a wide assortment of apparel and equipment including Quidditch sweaters, brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Bludger bats, Quaffles and more
- Scribbulus, featuring authentic writing implements and products such as feather quills, ink and inkwells, bookmarks, journals, parchment paper, seals, stationery sets and postcards
- Enjoy traditional British fare that includes favorite dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and more at the Leaky Cauldron
- Visit Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour for frozen treats in a variety of tantalizing and unique flavors such as strawberry-and-peanut-butter ice-cream and many others
- And more!
More details about the unique experiences that can be found in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will be released over time. For more information about the area, visit www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter.
From Warner Bros. Studio Tour London --
This February, by popular demand, animal actors from the Harry Potter film series will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – which highlights the talented training teams that helped to create the performances of 250+ live animals throughout all eight films. From Friday 14th to Monday 24th February, a selection of animals, trained by Head Animal Trainer Julie Tottman, will revisit the incredible sets they frequented when working on the films.
Visitors to the Gryffindor common room set will find it occupied by a cat that played stealthy Mrs Norris, the toad that played Neville Longbottom’s pet Trevor and a number of rats – trained using the same process as those who played Ron Weasley’s pet Scabbers.
In addition to watching live training demonstrations, visitors will discover how animals learnt to ‘act’ by taking a look at the equipment and tricks that were used on set.
A ginger cat that played Hermione Granger’s bandy-legged feline Crookshanks will be seen on Diagon Alley and a Neapolitan Mastiff, trained like those that played Hagrid’s loyal dog Fang, will be stationed outside the half-giant’s hut. Visitors will also be able to pose for a picture with a
Snowy Owl who played Harry Potter’s letter-delivering owl Hedwig.
· Three different dog breeds were initially considered to play Fang before the choice of Neapolitan Mastiff was made. Irish Wolfhound and Scottish Deerhound were the other options.
· Crackerjack, one of the cats that played Crookshanks, became very good friends with one of the rats that played Scabbers. In fact, he would often chase the rat around the sets even when the cameras weren’t rolling.
· Initial groundwork for animal training takes about three to five weeks; when a script first arrived, the Animal Department would begin fundamental training, develop questions and ideas about how the scenes would be shot and then work with the director to finalise training plans. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.