The Universal Orlando® Resort announced a 3 day celebration of Harry Potter in January. The Universal Orlando Park is testing the waters to expand this blockbuster attraction and its appeal to increase resort demand during a traditionally slow period.
The dates for the Celebration of Harry Potter are scheduled for January 24, 25 and 26. The plan is to have most events open to Universal Orlando® Resort park guests with others available only with Universal VIP privileges. The special VIP passes will include early admission and not be subject to availability (i.e. reserved space at the event).
The Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal also plans to feature:
- Universal Orlando sessions with Harry Potter characters, actors and screenwriters
- Interactive interplay with Universal Harry Potter-lore including learning to duel
Harry Potter Market Impact
Since the Harry Park attraction opened over 3 years ago, it immediately created a vacation rental supply/demand imbalance. Since the area immediate to Universal Orlando is decidedly residential, very little vacation rental inventory supply exists nearby. In fact, as prevalent as timeshares are in Central Florida, only 3 properties are within minutes of Harry Potter Land.
The huge demand to be close to Harry Potter has skyrocketed these specific requests we get from OVH 360 guests. Although area resort stays are at a critical mass (3-4 days), this is enough for many families to pair Universal Orlando and SeaWorld admission together. Of course, the rest of vacation stays are most often spent at the Walt Disney World® parks.
Staying Close to Harry Potter Land and Universal Orlando
If you are looking for vacation condo accommodations, Vista Cay Resort and the Isles at Cay Commons will be your best bets. Both of these resorts are within minutes of Universal Orlando and the Harry Potter attraction. 3 bedroom rentals at Vista Cay are still a great value if you are vacationing with 6-8 persons and you want to stay near Universal Orlando Resort.
Both of these resorts are a great match for you if you also plan to stay multiple days in Orlando. This includes parks and resort attractions like SeaWorld and family owned Gatorland in south Orlando. However, villas near Universal will be the top pick for many Orlando tourists.
If you are looking for a vacation rental or condo near Universal Orlando, give the team at Orlando Vacation Homes 360 (OVH 360) a toll free call at 1-888-826-0551. The OVH 360 team prides itself on its knowledge of Central Florida and finding quality Orlando rentals in particular. This includes accommodations for the Celebration of Harry Potter event, and for other area park attractions.
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