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Universal Orlando transforming Wizarding World for Christmas

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Universal Orlando has unveiled the upcoming seasonal experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, running from November 14 through January 3, 2021.

Universal Studios Florida will transform The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and London with festive décor and brilliant lighting.

There will be special holiday treats and drinks, as well as an exclusive show for the occasion prepared by Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

Festive décor and lighting at Diagon Alley

universal orlando christmasUniversal’s Islands of Adventure is also embracing the holiday spirit over at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade.

The shops will be festively decorated with garlands and lights, all while the Frog Choir sings seasonal melodies.

There will also be special treats and drinks, as well as a dazzling projection of holiday spirit with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.

Universal has only been able to reopen Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan, while Universal Studios Hollywood remains closed in California.

Comcast executives are optimistic that Universal theme parks will break even in 2021, despite revenue in the third quarter falling nearly 81 percent to $311 million.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said theme parks may have been “the single biggest drag” on the third quarter for NBCUniversal (via CNBC).

Holiday treats and drinks in Hogsmeade

universal orlando christmasDisneyland recently fired back after California released restrictive new guidelines under which theme parks in the state could reopen with modifications.

California theme parks are also exploring legal action in order to pressure the state into allowing them to reopen, revealed during a virtual press conference held by CAPA.

Last month, Universal Orlando revealed it had “made the difficult decision” to lay off an undisclosed number of employees as it copes with the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Walt Disney World Resort previously shared an update on this year’s holiday offerings, including the cancellation of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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