When Universal Orlando and Warner Brothers first announced they would be holding a special Harry Potter Celebration at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter featuring stars from the film, only limited numbers hotel vacation packages were made available, the most desired of which sold out quickly in the Untied States. But Universal promised there would be a way for those not in need of hotel rooms to have a chance to attend.
Now Universal Orlando has launched an online contest at UniversalOrlando.com/APsweeps in which they are giving away 1,005 chances to attend the Harry Potter Celebration. All who enter the contest must be either a premier or preferred Universal Orlando annual passholder as of September 19, 11 days ago.
Five lucky grand prize winners will receive four hotel nights, admission to both Universal Orlando theme parks, and admission for four to a Harry Potter cast member Q&A session, autograph session, and to attend the event’s Nighttime Gala, as well as a pin and Blu-ray set of all the Potter films. Approximate retail value of each grand prize is $2,515.
But beyond those lucky five, 1,000 additional passholders (plus one guest each) will receive admission to one in-park Harry Potter cast member Q&A session, which is no small number.
Celebrities attending the Harry Potter Celebration include James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), Warwick Davis (Griphook and Flitwick), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Mark Williams (Mr. Weasley), David Bradley (Filtch) and Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown).
The contest entry period lasts through October 15, with the actual Harry Potter Celebration taking place Nov. 11-13, 2011 – the same weekend as the US release date for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ on Blu-ray and DVD. Winners will be randomly selected on or about Oct. 17, 2011, with grand prize winners notified by telephone and first prize winners notified via email.
In addition to needing an existing premier or preferred annual pass, those who enter must be at least 18 years of age to win. Full sweepstakes rules can be found here.
For those not able to enter or who do not win, the Celebration Package is still available for United States residents, starting at $369 per adult. Overseas residents can still book Premier Packages via Virgin Holidays. More information about the Harry Potter Celebration can be found here.