Universal Orlando is celebrating the Nov. 19 release of part 1 of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with a special after-hours event inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.
On Nov. 20, 2010, Universal Orlando is inviting a limited number of Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders to enjoy two hours in the Harry Potter-themed section of the park after it has closed to the general public. From 8-10pm, those who RSVP in advance will be admitted to enjoy access to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, and Dragon Challenge attractions as well as the Three Broomsticks, Hogs Head pub and shops of Hogsmeade Village.
Update (11/17/10): Due to overwhelming popularity, Universal Orlando has added a second date, repeating the same after-hours event on Dec. 16, 2010. There’s no need to re-sign up if you already plan on attending the event on Nov. 20, but this gives more passholders a chance to enjoy the event now that the first date filled up.
Attendees will also receive a free commemorative Wizarding World of Harry Potter poster. In addition, a Gryffindor lanyard and exclusive Annual Passholder pin will be available for purchase for $10.95 + tax.
The park closes to day guests at 8pm, after which only those who have RSVPed and checked in at the entrance of Islands of Adventure or in the courtyard near The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show will be admitted to the area.
Passholders must RSVP at UniversalOrlando.com/APHP in advance in order to attend and only Passholders will be admitted, not guests. Admission does not include the movie, which will be separately playing at Universal’s CityWalk theater (among thousands of other cinemas across the country).
While previous after-hours events have been held inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, this event is the first time Universal Orlando has invited its Annual Passholders to attend a special gathering as part of the Harry Potter excitement.