Los Angeles Times

Participants get an early tour of the grounds.

May 17: Participants at the Orlando International Pow Wow, a tourism trade group, receive a preview of Hogsmeade Village and the extensive queue in Hogwarts for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride — but don’t actually get on the ride. In the following days, Universal employees have similar experiences, and a few actors from the Potter films — including Emma Watson (Hermione) — tour the grounds. May 28: Special Harry Potter hotel packages begin. Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel