Editor's Note: We have updated this post to exclude information from The Ledger's report that there would be an alcoholic form of Butterbeer. Universal Orlando confirmed to us that the Florida newspaper was misinformed, and our original report, which said there would only be a non-alcoholic form of butterbeer is, in fact, correct.
Could Universal have let the magical cat out of the bag before they planned to? It seems like it, if the special offer Universal Orlando has for the grand revealing of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is to be believed. There is a special package being offered for those who want to visit the park — including special Grand Opening tickets and a free breakfast at the Three Broomsticks (a conceptual drawing of the restaurant is pictured) —l being offered at their website, with the reservation start-date as May 28.
Whoa whoa whoa… wait, what?
Does this mean that the opening date for the park is May 28? Universal is saying no, but it definitely tells us something.
In a release, Universal clarified the May 28 date by saying, "The May 28 travel date was set to help consumers with vacation planning and does not represent the opening date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal has announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Spring 2010. Specific opening information will come as soon as it is available."
We think it's safe to assume, however, that the opening date will at least come before May 28, if not on it specifically. For Universal to promise a park to opened for a trip that involves hotel reservations, plane flights and car rentals to complete and then not have the park opened by that date would result in some pretty pissed off customers and very, very bad PR. So until a release date is official, we're narrowing down our estimation of the park's opening date from "Spring 2010" to some time in May.
Some other exciting news on the wizarding front comes from Florida newspaper The Ledger, who ran a piece yesterday about Universal reaching out to local vacation home managers. In the article, Universal Orlando sales coordinate Sarah Holt announced exclusively that there would be a Frog Choir performing five times per day in the park (one of the special performances Thierry Coup avoided confirming in our interview last month).