The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is not a place to miss when visiting Universal in Orlando. If anything Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade should be at the top of your list. This magical wizarding world is the perfect place to get lost and unleash your inner wizard.
Start your morning by visiting Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure where you can ride with Harry Potter in the Forbidden Journey. If you need a morning refreshment head on over to Three Broomsticks and sample some Butterbeer! Need more? Right next door is Hog’s Head where you can order a pint of Pumpkin Juice- my favourite! For some magical entertainment check the Triwizard Spirit Rally and cheer on the students from Hogwarts in their tournament. If you’re ready for more fun catch a ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff where you dives around pumpkin patches and soar past Hagrid’s hut. Hungry for a Chocolate Frog? Try Honeydukes! This tasty treat is much more than a solid chocolate bar as it comes with a special holographic card inside.
Ready to board the legendary Hogwarts Express? Catch the train to King’s Cross Station where you’ll come across Platform 9&3/4. All you need is a Park-to-Park admission ticket. This is the easiest and most convenient way to move between parks, because who really wants to walk?
Enter Universal Studios’ Diagon Alley from the streets of London where witches and wizards have gathered to do their shopping for hundreds of years. Stop at Ollivanders to pick up the essential wizarding supply: a wand. Garrick Ollivander has been in the wand making business since 382 BC so he knows what he’s doing. Behind the curtains, there’s an
interactive experience where the wand chooses the wizard! This is one of the most imaginative elements of the Wizarding World as it gets you up close and personal. In the show the wand chose me so I of course had to pick one up. I was practicing my spells all day after that, who wouldn’t?
For some thrills head over to Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts to experience a 3D multi-dimensional ride where you’ll journey through cavernous passageways underground. Stumble upon Knockturn Alley and enter Borgin and Burkes, a shop lined with Dark objects and sinister items. If you’re a wee bit hungry make your way towards the Leaky Cauldron and dine on delicious pub fare including cottage pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash. To end the day try some yummy peanut butter soft-serve ice-cream from Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.
You can travel between parks as much as you want throughout the day so make use of your time in the Wizarding World!
Tips for the Wizarding World:
- Be prepared for long lines full of muggles- especially during holidays and the summer.
- When standing in line use sun screen, drink water or wear a hat. Be careful of the Florida sun!
- Aim to enter the Wizarding World early in the morning before the crowds or even late in the evening.
- The price is a bit high for entrance into both parks keep that in mind as the food and souvenirs are expensive as well.
- Wear comfortable shoes since you will be doing A LOT of walking!
- Check the times guide to catch the time of the shows and performances.
These two parks were spectacular, unlike anything I’ve ever imagined. I definitely recommend visiting for any Harry Potter fans as you’ll have the time of your life.