Today Show Contest: Class Trip to Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Updated)
February 03, 2010, 09:20 AM
This morning, NBC's Today Show announced a brand new contest in correlation with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando. The contest, open to US citizens "currently employed as a teacher of students between five (5) and eighteen (18) years of age in a U.S. school," would allow for one class to be chosen for an trip to the opening of the Wizarding World theme park. In order to enter interested teachers and their classes, are required to produce a three minute or less video answering the question "Why is my class extraordinary?" Full rules, submission information, and parent/guardian permission procedures can be found right here.
Update: Further information has made available online for this contest via video from the Today Show segment
, which gives a few more details about the contest. In addition to this, closer examination of the full list of rules, it is noted that voting for the winning class will begin "or about Friday, April 23, 2010, at 8:30 AM ET to Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 5:00PM ET." While no announcement date or the like is contained in the rules and regulations, it does note, however, that travel arrangements must be made "minimum of twenty-five (25) days prior to travel." The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is slated to open "Spring 2010."
This contest is now open, and runs through March 19, 2010, at 5:00 pm ET.
Thanks to Jordan for the heads up and to Tina!
It is unfortunate that I am no longer actually a student in elementary or secondary school and am not yet a teacher. Currently enrolled in a teacher education program in college, I am afraid that I cannot participate in either regard. Regardless, I hope the class that does win has a fantastic time there!
To fifi, who posted above…I understand your frustration, but I’m sure that there have been contests in Britain and Scotland, and most of western Europe in general, that have allowed kids to visit the set, or get signed books or whatever. This theme park happens to be built in America, with American money (just like the films, although filled with British talent, are made by an American company). I don’t think you need to “stick up” for Britain or Scotland…just because something is created by someone who lives in a certain country, it doesn’t dictate that other people in the world can’t have a piece of it. There are just as many loyal and devoted fans of the Potter books and movies in America (some polls and figures would say more) as there are in Britain, Scotland, France, Germany, etc. I’m not trying to be persnippety, just stating my opinion as an American. Plus, J.K. Rowling had a big hand in creating this theme park, and I’m sure she won’t want to ignore her fellow Scots and Brits, so I’ll bet there will be similar contests popping up over there.