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Infinitum #4

Having trouble reading this newsletter? Read it online  here Vol. 4, May 2010 Greetings everyone!When Infinitus was first conceived almost 3 years ago, we could never have imagined the scope the event could possibly have. Of course, being in Orlando, Florida at the home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter meant that we would have a unique conference, but Infinitus is about to surpass what we dreamed of back in 2007. So it is with great pleasure and excitement that the Infinitus team announces our long awaited park event, Night of a Thousand Wizards, an exclusive, private event for Infinitus attendees inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – we can’t wait to see you there!

Continue reading for details on purchasing your NoaTW ticket. If you have questions, remember you can always email us at info@infinitus2010.org and one of our friendly Info Elves will get back to you shortly.

We’ve got several other updates for you in this edition of the Infinitum, so let’s get to it! And don’t forget, we’re all over the web so friend us, follow us and join us!

Best Regards,

Aziza Aba Butain
Editor-In-Chief
Chair of Public Relations, Infinitus 2010

  • Night of a Thousand Wizards
  • Call for Art Deadline extended
  • Tempus Tipster: Hotel Update
  • Saturday Keynote Luncheon Update!
  • Programming Updates

Night of a Thousand Wizards!
Details, ticket info & more!

Celebrate magic, Harry Potter, fandom, friends and fun at Night of a Thousand Wizards on July 16 at Infinitus’s exclusive, one-night-only spectacular inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, only at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.

Your Night of a Thousand Wizards ticket includes admission to Islands of Adventure any time after two o’clock in the afternoon on July 16 (other bundled Park admission tickets are also available).

Base tickets are $110 – but only 1500 are available, so get yours before they sell out! Only one ticket can be purchased per registrant, and only Infinitus single-day, two-day, full-event, Merlin’s Circle and Kids’ Track registrants can purchase tickets. Register or add on your NoaTW ticket at http://www.infinitus2010.org – just click the link to REGISTRATION.
Call for Art Deadline Extended

We have extended our deadline for artwork admission to be displayed in the Art Gallery during Infinitus 2010. The new deadline is June 30, 2010. There is no hanging/submission fee for art gallery submissions that are donated to the Infinitus Auction, which will take place on Sunday at the Leaving Feast, and the proceeds from the auction will go to HPEF (the nonprofit behind Infinitus), Kids Need to Read and the HP Alliance.

More information can be found on our art gallery page.

Hotel Update:

The Royal Pacific is now sold out from Thursday through Saturday night during Infinitus, but the low Infinitus rate of $210 plus tax is still available at Portofino Bay, or you could stay at the Hard Rock Hotel for $255 plus tax per night.

Of course, any Infinitus registrants – and their friends and family – who stay at any of Universal Orlando’s three on-site hotels, including Portofino Bay or the Hard Rock Hotel, will enjoy early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter only at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure starting at eight o’clock in the morning. Hotel guests also can utilize the Express Access* pass on rides in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as most other rides in both Universal Orlando parks.

But we have an extra benefit for the next fifty Infinitus registrants who reserve a room at the Portofino Bay or Hard Rock Hotel – a $5 per night discount on self- or valet-parking (for up to three nights). Plus, you’ll be able to use the hotel’s shuttle buses for easy access to the conference area at the Royal Pacific Hotel, and you can self-park for free at the Royal Pacific from Thursday through Sunday if you’ve paid to valet park or self-park at either the Portofino Bay or Hard Rock Hotel.

And for all Infinitus registrants staying at the Portofino or Hard Rock Hotel during the conference, we’ll be doing a drawing on Saturday at the Ball and awarding one free night’s stay to the winner. We’ll have forms at Registration so you can make sure you’re entered to win.

* note: Express Access may be limited at certain times.

Saturday Keynote Luncheon Update!

Infinitus Saturday Keynote Luncheon speaker will be a member of the development team from EA Bright Light, the UK-based studio which, since 2001, has been responsible for creating the hugely popular videogame adaptations of the Harry Potter movies.

Electronic Arts is still working on their summer schedule for their creative minds, so we don’t know exactly who will be coming, but the luncheon showcase will include a look into the EA game creation process and a flashback to the very early Harry Potter videogames, as well as a chance to play against other fans.

Electronic Arts are the creators of the Harry Potter video games for the Wii, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DSTM, Windows PC, Mac, and mobile devices.

Their games have allowed fans to move and cast spells simultaneously, have wizard duels as house champions, chase down the Golden Snitch, fly, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and get sidetracked by Ron’s romantic entanglements.

Electronic Arts’ team members are currently working on their next Harry Potter adventure.

Programming Updates

Our formal programming session summaries will be on the website by the end of this weekend, and the schedule should follow a few days later. We’ve also updated our general schedule at http://www.infinitus2010.org/program.html – we’ve had to change times of some of our events, including The Final Battle and Saturday’s programming, which will now go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a break for lunch, so please check it out. We are working on our Google calendar and an exciting iPhone app, so you’ll be able to keep your Infinitus schedule in your pocket, even when you’re enjoying a Butterbeer in the Wizarding World.

Meet-ups are also an important part of programming at Infinitus. One of the terrific things about the Universal Studios Orlando complex is that there are so many amazing places available for Find Your Flock get-togethers customized for fangroups, websites, podcasts and any other type of group. Snapecast, FictionAlley and Mugglecast are already working with us to organize terrific meet-ups at Infinitus, and we’d love to help set one up for your group, too!

We have space available at the Royal Pacific Hotel before and after formal programming each day, as well as during lunchtimes on Friday and Saturday or during breakfast on Thursday or Sunday – but you can also arrange to Find Your Flock at a one of the restaurants or bars at Universal Orlando CityWalk or even inside the Park (although Park admission may be required for those groups). We can arrange meet-ups with or without meals, snacks or drinks, and with some exceptions Find Your Flock events can be structured so as to be open to those without full Infinitus registrations. There’s more information and sign-up instructions at http://www.infinitus2010.org/flock.html

Writers for The Infinitum: Aziza Aba Butain, Mazel Jones, Hedwig, Lizz Clements, Heidi Tandy, Jenn Clack.  Special thanks to Stephanie Falcos for The Infinitum mascot, ‘Tempus Tipster’.

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