Universal Orlando to stream live online video of Wizarding World of Harry Potter grand opening

in Events, Islands of Adventure, Movies, Theme Parks, Universal Orlando

The Universal Orlando Resort has announced details for the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday June 16, a special celebrity preview ceremony will take place within the Wizarding World section of the Islands of Adventure theme park. This event is private and not open to the public, but will be streamed live online for all to view at UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews. It is scheduled to last 30 minutes, concluding at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

Universal has confirmed that Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will be in attendance, conducting a live orchestra, presumably to play a few recognizable songs from his Harry Potter film scores. Also in attendance will be Harry Potter film stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), and other celebrities.

Universal Orlando will also be sharing updates throughout the event on Twitter.

The official public grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will take place on June 18 at 9 a.m., lasting for around 30 minutes. Huge crowds are expected, so I’d recommend arriving early to see whatever Universal has planned for this public event.

If you can’t make it in person, Universal will be streaming live video of the public opening online as well.

To access the live online video, visit UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews and click on the LIVE FEED button at the top left of the page.

But you don’t have to wait for the grand opening to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Click here to view all of our Wizarding World coverage, including an extensive photo gallery, 50+ minutes of video, reviews, articles, and much more.


  1. Where have we just seen this from ? It seems like another large company just streamed a grand opening too!

  2. Crow

    Okay, this is taking forever for them to get the official ceremony started. Not a good way to start a live web streaming show.

  3. Crow

    Now there is no audio for the chairman’s address. Not looking good for Universal.

  4. Crow

    An all around weak opening ceremony. Universal is no Disney when it comes to showmanship.

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