The band Quickstep have made their Epcot debut.
Quickstep is a four-member group whose authentic songs draw from Scottish, English and Irish traditions. They bring lively, acoustic performances, featuring fiddle, flute, highland bagpipes, a traditional Irish frame drum and more.
You can catch Quickstep every Wednesday to Sunday, just off the High Street along Tudor Lane at the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot.
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Starting December 5th and running daily until January 2nd, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience fun-filled Christmas traditions throughout Universal Orlando Resort – including its two theme parks, Universal CityWalk and on-site hotels.
Guests will have the opportunity to:
- View the iconic larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. This year’s parade features two all-new balloons exclusive to Universal Orlando: Tom Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon and self-powered hybrid vehicle and Holiday Lights Balloon, a string of six dazzling Christmas light balloons that dance through the air.
- Watch as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experiences include a heart-warming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring The Grinch and the Whos from Who-ville. Guests can also enjoy character meet and greets with The Grinch and the Whos within Seuss Landing.
- Sing along to festive classics as the masters of modern Christmas music – Mannheim Steamroller – perform live at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.
All festivities are included with theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels, where guests will enjoy the spirit of the season with holiday buffets and dining events, tree-lighting ceremonies, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, Christmas poolside "dive-in" movies and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.
New Year’s Eve at Universal CityWalk
Universal CityWalk’s EVE 2015 is the place to ring in the excitement of the New Year on December 31st. At Universal’s CityWalk, guests can experience a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration that includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones – each with their own jam-packed entertainment and signature drinks – along with access to six different clubs with electrifying live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine and Orlando’s largest dance floor.
Universal Studios Hollywood debuts a series of virtual tour videos showcasing the Spring 2016 opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, beginning with an insider’s look at the land hosted by the Hogwarts™ Express conductor.
The video highlights some of the land’s best-known shops and eating establishments, including Ollivanders™ wand shop, Three Broomsticks™ and Honeydukes™.
More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.
Starting in December, Epcot guests can experience beloved Disney and Pixar animated shorts in a new 4D experience located in Magic Eye Theater in the Imagination Pavilion. “Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival” will include a look into the visionary minds behind some of the world’s most iconic animated films today.
Guests can put on their 3D glasses and enter the imaginative worlds of three animated shorts, which will burst to life on the big screen (and in the theater) like never before.
To make way for this new offering, “Captain EO,” the current occupant of Magic Eye Theater will have its last performance on the 6th December 2015.
The GLIDDEN® paint brand today unveiled the COLORTOPIATM exhibit, a new colorful experience in Innoventions at Epcot, part of Walt Disney World Resort, that entertains, informs and inspires guests about the power of colour.
The Colortopia exhibit by Glidden paint welcomes park guests to explore the many aspects of color and the impact it has on the world around them. At theColortopia exhibit, the Glidden brand invites guests to walk through three unique areas to encounter exciting interactions that bring to life color theory, the psychology of color and the perception of color, all while engaging guests in fun and surprising hands-on activities.
The Colortopia exhibit by Glidden paint demonstrates that color is not only a visual treat, but also a dynamic and emotional experience. A visit to the highly interactive, over 3,700-square-footColortopia exhibit is expected to last about 30 minutes.
“Combining Glidden paint’s rich tradition of innovation and color inspiration with the creative power of Walt Disney Imagineering was a perfect collaboration to create a one-of-a-kind experience that engages visitors with color in ways they never have before,” said Max Wetzel, chief marketing officer and general manager of home centers, PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada, makers ofGlidden paint. “With the Glidden brand, we know the important role color plays when selecting paint for your home. Color also has a powerful role in our everyday lives, and it is truly brought to life in theColortopia exhibit.”
“Starting with Disney’s premier full-color film in 1932, our company has been fascinated by color,” said Melissa Valiquette, vice president, Epcot. “That fascination is evident throughout our parks and our resorts and is why we’re thrilled to collaborate with Glidden as we work together to bring Colortopia to life for our guests.”
Colortopia Exhibit Experience
The Colortopia exhibit by Glidden paint is comprised of three zones where guests can experience color in an entertaining, interactive environment:
- “The Power of Color” in this special designed standing theater, guests will enjoy a short presentation that explores the psychology of color by immersing guests in a full spectrum of colors.
- In “The Color Lab”, guests can play Color Mix ‘n Match, an interactive game that allows guests to mix red, green and blue to create bold new colors. A second interactive station,Spinning Spectrums, teaches guests about the persistence of vision through painted spinning discs. Here guests can try to guess what color their eyes will perceive once the multi-colored discs start to spin quickly.
- In “Color Our World”, guests can play with fun color shadows while they wait to receive a magic paint brush, which they can use in the studio to bring the world around them to life with their personal color choices.
Free parking is now included on two ticket types in 2016. The 3-Park SeaWorld, Aquatica & Busch Gardens (Length Of Stay ticket 14 day validity) ticket and the Discovery Cove Ultimate Package (inc. SeaWorld, Aquatica & Busch Gardens Length Of Stay 14 day validity).
- The tickets can be purchased through any authorised ticket provider in the UK.
- The free parking will be activated on first use and available for the entire 14 day duration of the ticket.
- There is no restriction on usage.
When does it go live?
The FREE parking element will be activated for guests arriving from 1st January 2016.
Who qualifies for this offer?
Any NEW or EXISTING customers, who have purchased the qualifying tickets and travel in 2016, will receive FREE parking.
Do existing customers need to do anything?
It’s easy, customers don’t need to do a thing. The barcodes on the two qualifying tickets will be programmed to recognise that they now feature FREE parking (no need to reprint, return or replace tickets); just turn up with the qualifying tickets and ID as normal.
How will free parking be redeemed?
Customers just need to enter the park as usual. Once the guest shows tickets and ID at the parking booths, tickets will be scanned by the booth attendant. Guests with qualifying tickets (detailed above) will proceed to the parking area without charge.
Harry Potter film stars Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Katie Leung will appear at “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Creative talent also set to appear includes Pierre Bohanna, head prop maker for the Harry Potter film franchise, Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.
“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 29 – 31, 2016 at Universal Orlando, allowing fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films and more. Guests will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special panels and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the Harry Potter Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, an interactive mini tour from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and more.
Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station.
Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and will take place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.
Event details are below:
HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)
The Harry Potter Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend. The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London offers visitors the chance to relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life. Visitors can step on to authentic sets and admire the real props and costumes used during filming at the series’ production home in England, UK.
The Studio Tour is bringing an interactive taste of the experience to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ 2016, giving you the chance to see the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the iconic film series.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Sorting Hat Experience
Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat places new Hogwarts students into a house, and now you too have the opportunity to get sorted in a Great Hall setting inspired by the blockbuster films.
Step inside the Expo and the red carpet is rolled out welcoming you to an area celebrating the global impact Harry Potter: The Exhibition has had during its 7-year, 13-city tour, including an exclusive Quidditch inspired photo opportunity.
Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima worked for ten years on the Harry Potter films, creating countless unforgettable graphic props, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as The Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books. Since working on the films, they created the MinaLima Store selling authentic reproductions of the film artwork with limited edition art prints and stationery. They are currently in production on the new feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
Pottermore is the digital heart of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World and if discovering more about her magical universe excites you, Pottermore has a surprise in store for fans attending this year's Celebration of Harry Potter. And keep your eyes peeled for their new Pottermore Correspondent (Rita Skeeter she certainly isn’t), who’ll be there hunting out exclusive scoops and bringing you updates on pottermore.com from the weekend's activities.
Celebrate Harry Potter at Scholastic’s booth by sharing a message about what Harry Potter means to you. Color in a magical page from our brand-new Harry Potter coloring book. Be sure to enter daily raffles for a chance to win a copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a box set of all seven Harry Potter books, or a Harry Potter coloring book. Collectible giveaways are available for Harry Potter fans of all ages.
“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)
Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special panels and demonstrations for kids. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.
Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion
Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.
Behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter props with Pierre Bohanna
Ever wondered how long it takes to make a wand? Or where the inspiration for the hundreds of wand designs in the Harry Potter film series came from? Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents head prop maker for the films, Pierre Bohanna, who will answer these questions and more. Once you’ve discovered how they were made, raise your own wand as Death Eaters invade the stage to demonstrate how battle scenes were brought to life.
The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 13 cities in 9 countries and hosted almost 4 million guests. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the global impact of the franchise. Get an exclusive look at the exhibition’s creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creators, film producers, and film actors who have participated in the openings.
Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies. They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including The Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, and The Quibbler, amongst others. Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, for which they designed all the street and store graphics. During the panel they will welcome questions from the audience.
This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ demonstrations and interactive experiences such as a ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.