Hey Thrill Seekers,
Last Tuesday Universal sent out a survey asking customers about some preferences they’d like to see for seasonal events. They ranged from Macy’s Thanks Giving Parade to Grinch Stole Christmas show.
Originally noted by the excellent Orlando Informer one of the selections that captured my imagination was the concept of a Yule Ball from the Harry Potter series.
Held in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, the Yule Ball is a tradition of the Triwizard Tournament. It is a formal dance held on Christmas night of a tournament year, and is opened by the tournament champions and their partners in the Champions Waltz.
The survey states the following;
guests wear dress robes and dine/dance at a festive holiday Yule Ball with themed music, dancing, food and beverages
So visitors would be submerged into the World of Harry Potter, with a fine dining experience plus themed entertainment. The survey seems to suggest that this idea would be a separately ticketed event similar to Halloween Horror Nights. which would make sense as Universal would have to limit the amount of guests per sitting.
As a fan of Potter I think this sounds like a great idea, remember though that this was only a survey and does not guarantee that Universal will be moving forward with it. Some of the other idea’s Universal were suggesting included;
- A nighttime show at Hogwarts Castle using 3D projection, lights, and more (included with park admission).
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Special holiday-themed Cinematic Spectacular
- Holiday party in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley on select nights in December, including delicious holiday treats and beverages (separately ticketed event)
- Glowing nighttime parade
- Mannheim Steamroller
- Universal Studios Holiday parade (not Macy’s)
- Immersive and festive holiday decorations at both parks
- Grinch character breakfast
- Special holiday performances by the Frog Choir and London Street Buskers and other holiday themed surprises in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
If the Yule Ball isn’t your thing, would any of these other ideas float your boat?