Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts, muggles! If going back to school always meant going back to Hogwarts, no one would really mind. September 1st is hailed by the dedicated fandom as #BacktoHogwarts day, the day where those lucky enough to have received an acceptance letter (usually delivered by owl) would pack their trunks and make their way to Platform 9¾.
And you know what happens there—all kinds of mischief. From phasing through walls, to trolley treats, to dementors, fans in real life have been able to celebrate September 1st as a true Potter Head would at Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter for some time, now. And with the introduction of a new Harry Potter vacation package, the immersion just got even more real.
This particular vacation package is actually a relaunch, but with some added goodies. Perks include a photo op around the park, early admission, breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron, and—the best —a special keepsake box.
If you’re one of those fans who dreamed of getting your own acceptance letter from Hogwarts, you can now finally realize that dream (sans delivery by owl).
Guests who head to Universal Studios through this new themed package will receive a welcome letter in the mail, just like Harry. Hopefully it doesn’t stuff up your chimney, though. You will receive other extras through the mail prior to your trip as well, including luggage tags and lanyards.
The new themed package is currently available and will remain so through December 9, 2020. In conjunction with its release, a new projection show titled Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will premiere at Universal Studios Orlando in the fall. It’s already debuted in California, though, complete with drones for an added cool factor.
As J.K. herself put it, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” Or by Universal.
Universal's Harry Potter Package
Price: $115 per person
When: starting now!
Address: Universal Orlando Resort
Why You Need To Go: You can fulfill all of your wizardly dreams in a way never offered before!