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How to Spend a Day in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

How to Spend a Day in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

How to Spend a Day in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
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Let’s just start by saying, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is downright magical. Whether it’s your first time visiting or your 100th, the experience of being dropped into the story of Harry Potter will give you chills (and quite a few thrills, for any of you roller coaster fanatics). 

We don’t all get gifted Time-Turners from Professor McGonagall, though, so if you find yourself short on time and wanting to get the most out of your trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are some tips to make sure you’re set for an incredible day in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

WHERE TO BEGIN

Just like how the wand chooses the wizard, you must choose where your adventure begins. It’s important to know there are two unique wizarding world lands that offer completely different experiences at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Diagon Alley

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Nestled in the heart of ‘London’ within Universal Studios Florida, Diagon Alley is home to must-see experiences like Gringotts bank, Carkitt Market, and Knockturn Alley.

Hogsmeade

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This picturesque snow-capped village is located within Universal’s Islands of Adventure at the foot of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  

Starting in either park guarantees you a great day — obviously, you’re at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you really can’t go wrong — but we recommend starting at Hogsmeade, catching the train over to Diagon Alley mid-day, and then coming back to Hogsmeade to finish the night. 

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The best part about starting your day in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Shorter wait times because, as you’ll see on your map, it’s near the back of the park. It should only take you half the time it would have been to ride during peak park hours to ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. And, bonus, since the whole ride queue is an immersive experience, the line feels shorter and the time passes itself as you try to spot all the fun, hidden gems throughout the attraction. 

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Shortly after you choose the sidecar or motorbike, you’ll be twisting and turning deep into the Forbidden Forest. It’s an incredible experience joining Hagrid on this all-new thrilling roller coaster ride! 

Letter or not, you have been formally accepted to bask in the incredible sight of the Hogwarts castle. Seeing it in real life is incredible.

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Once we’re inside the castle, let’s ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyYes, you really can walk inside Hogwarts. See the magic come to life as you enter through the towering castle gates, experience countless relics from the story and walk past iconic classrooms, all in preparation to soar above the castle grounds on a life-changing adventure and incredible multidimensional thrill-ride. 

Now we’re heading to ride Flight of the Hippogriff. As you move up on this coaster track, you’ll see Buckbeak, the Hippogriff, as he bows down. When you get to the top, make sure to look around and take in the view as this ride offers unique sights of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Before you know it, you’ll spiral past Hagrid’s hut and over the pumpkin patch. What an adventure!

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If you’re anything like Ron Weasley, all this excitement has probably helped you work up quite an appetite. Time to grab a bite at the Three Broomsticks. Once you walk in, your nose will enjoy scents of delicious delicacies. This spot offers the chance to enjoy authentic food that your favorite characters also enjoyed. This rustic tavern serves breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s full of delicious, hearty, British food and world-famous can-not-miss Butterbeer.

“OK now that we’ve eaten, it’s time to catch the Hogwarts Express,” is just one of those casual sentences you can say when you’re at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Walk over to Hogwarts Express: Hogsmeade Station and we can head to King’s Cross Station in London, at Universal Studios Florida. This isn’t just any regular old train ride, so be prepped for an incredible experience as we ride with our friends (real and fictional) over to Diagon Alley. (Just make sure you have the park-to-park ticket!) 

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After you deboard the scarlet engine, you’ll find yourself on Platform 9 ¾ in the bustling Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station

Time to enter Diagon Alley. Make a left from King’s Cross Station and you’ll pass through the brick archway to enter into the bustling streets of Diagon Alley. Now you’ll really want to take a second to soak it all in. The magic of the hustle and bustle is all around you. You are standing where aspiring witches and wizards begin their journey to another semester at Hogwarts.

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Every witch or wizard knows you can’t start a shopping spree in Diagon Alley without a trip to Gringotts bank. Let’s stop by Gringotts Money Exchange, because, honestly, how often do you get the chance to ask a Goblin a question? Come on in and ask away! You can even exchange U.S currency for Gringotts bank notes that can be used for purchases throughout both lands.

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Now we can headdeep into the vaults at Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Walk through the bank’s grand marble lobby, then journey through underground passageways as we experience a multi-dimensional thrill ride. If you’re like me and love The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but maybe your Gryffindor bravery stops at roller coasters, you can still walk the queue with your thrill-seeking friends. I definitely recommend doing this, as walking these lines feels like you’ve jumped straight into the story.

Next, head to Ollivanders and experience how a wand chooses its wizard… you may even be selected to be paired with a wand of your own to purchase and take home! As you walk through the shop you can also browse an array of wands stacked floor-to-ceiling by the thousands. We recommend getting the interactive wand for next-level wizarding fun….

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While I know it’s hard to stop yourself from looking up at all the details around you, try not to miss the details at your own feet. You may notice gold medallions placed throughout the streets. These help indicate where you can practice your hand at casting spells with your interactive wand.Every interactive wand comes with a map that marks these spell-locations throughout Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. All you’ll need is a gentle flick of the wrist, the right incantation, and your interactive wand to create your own magical experiences. 

Visit the shops and build your wizarding wardrobe at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All OccasionsWhether you’re Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw, this is a great spot to find the gear to proudly represent your House colors.

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Hungry again? Let’s grab a bite in the Leaky Cauldron. This is an iconic eatery of the wizarding world, so let’s take a break from all that wandwork and enjoy some authentic British cuisine! Might I suggest the Ploughman’s Platter?

Is there a better way to pass the time while our food settles than watching some wizarding world entertainment? There are two incredible shows at Diagon Alley’s Carkitt Market, so we recommend sticking around for both. 

The Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees show is a bewitching live performance with sweet, smooth melodies by this wizarding world sensation (she’s also Molly Weasley’s favorite singer). 

The Tales of Beedle and the Bard is a show presented by the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts, retelling two famous 15th-century stories from wizarding fairytales, including The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Tale of the Three Brothers. Be sure to stick around for the end of this show in particular!

OK, who’s ready for dessert? Let’s make a stop at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. If you thought you liked Butterbeer, wait until you try it in ice-cream form. Here you can taste a variety of unique flavored soft-serve ice-cream including Chocolate Chili, Salted Caramel Blondie, and Earl Grey and Lavender.

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If you’re a Gryffindor, you may be more suspicious of the Dark Arts. But let’s explore the Darker side magic in Knockturn Alley and visit Borgin and Burkes, known for inviting shady patrons, including Draco Malfoy. Here, you can explore malevolent relics, items of Dark Arts, and other oddities. Don’t be surprised if your Slytherin friends drag you to this side of Diagon Alley. Not only will you be able to shop unique merchandise only found in this dark alley, but you’ll also be able to cast special incantations and find hidden gems here. 

Outside of Diagon Alley in London, we can talk with the Knight Bus Conductor. Passers-by can look inside the purple, three-storied Knight Bus and hear chatter from the talkative shrunken head hanging over the steering wheel. 

One of the lesser-known must-dos in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a stop at the Magical Telephone Booth. At first glance, it might seem like an ordinary booth, but you just might find a little “M-A-G-I-C”. 

All right, time to catch the train again. Let’s walk to the station where you can walk through a solid brick wall onto Platform 9¾ — Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station. On this train ride, we can enjoy the urban outskirts of London into the British countryside while we catch up on all the fun we’ve already had and deliciousness we’ve already eaten. 

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Back in Hogsmeade, let’s take a break at the Hog’s Head. After back-to-back thrilling rides, shopping, and casting spells, relaxing inside this pub located behind Three Broomsticks sounds perfect. We can even enjoy traditional drinks, as well as Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, and Gillywater. 

Time to stock up on delicious delectables at Honeydukes. This delightful shop has legendary wizarding world sweets including Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, and Exploding Bonbons.

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Even though the sun may be setting, your day in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is definitely not over. At night, Hogwarts castle transforms into a beautifully themed experience that changes depending on the season: 

  •  The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle: Enjoy this dazzling spectacle where you see projections against the majestic Hogwarts castle, celebrating the four houses.
    • Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle: This powerful story of light vs. dark shows Hogwarts castle being taken over by dark magic and then — well, why spoil it? Catch it for yourself during the fall season. 
    • The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle: The holidays in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spring to life through this incredible display when Hogwarts castle is transformed for the Christmas season.

These shows are the perfect way to end your epic day in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

WHAT a day! Of course just one day in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is not nearly enough to experience all the magic it has to offer! We’ll see you at the Three Broomsticks tomorrow morning.

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This excited family arrives to Universal Studios around 10 AM and makes their way to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley.  Their daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan, wearing her robe and excited for the adventure.  They miss the hidden gems in King’s Cross and head right into Diagon Alley.  They wait in a 90 minute line to ride Harry Potter & the Escape from Gringotts. They forget to purchase a 2-Park Pass, so they have to spend time upgrading their ticket, so they can ride the Hogwarts Express. They wait in line for 30 minutes at Ollivanders in Hogsmeade.  They miss out on Knockturn Alley and the hidden surprise from Moaning Myrtle.  They find out during their vacation that they could have dined for breakfast at Three Broomsticks for free.  So many frustrations!

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Top 4 Reasons You Need to Book the New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dreaming of a Harry Potter vacation since the moment you opened your first book. I’d picture myself walking through Platform 9¾ with fellow witches and wizards. Never in my wildest dreams did I actually think I would be able to ride the Hogwarts Express or stand beneath the towering and enchanting Hogwarts castle.

Now, you have the chance to experience all this and more. Universal Orlando Resort has a ‘you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package with all-new exclusive offerings. This vacation package is so incredible that my fellow Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss these details and the top four reasons that the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package is perfect for your next visit.

1. Special Themed Keepsake Box

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This brand-new customized, special themed keepsake box is a perfect collectible for any Potter fan-family. Not only is this exclusive to this vacation package, but when you see the special items contained inside, you’ll see why this will kick-off the vacation of your dreams.

What makes this exclusive to this vacation package?

  • A red, unique special themed keepsake box, exclusive to this vacation package with gold lettering that includes:
    • A personalized vacation welcome letter
    • Set of (3) luggage tags, featuring:
      • Harry Potter
      • Ron Weasley
      • Hermione Granger
    • Hogwarts Railways Lanyard —one for everyone in the family
    • Travel planning guide that includes: fun facts, information about Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, including each lands’ unique dining options, shops and rides

2. Three Words: Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio

Have you ever dreamed of being a part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? You know, really picture yourself here. Well, Shutterbutton’s at Universal Orlando Resort is making this fantasy a reality. Wear your favorite Harry Potter-themed outfits, house colors and other wizarding gear and this magical shop will place you in your favorite Wizarding World sights and scenes!

Why is this so unique??

  • Only this vacation package will unlock an exclusive background
  • Vacation package guest(s) will now receive a complimentary 8” x 10” photo

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Enjoy (12) iconic scenes from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley
  • Bring your wizarding world props like wands, merchandise, hats, etc
    • Don’t worry if you don’t have a robe because you’ll be able to borrow robes there
  • (5) guests are allowed per session
  • Reservations are required

3. The Details: Vacation Package & Breakfast

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So, what exactly is included in this vacation package? It was carefully created by Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations to help fans make the most of immersing themselves in the wizarding world. Take it from me, this curated package offers exclusive experiences and convenience – making it something you truly something you can’t miss on your vacation.

What’s included?

  • Hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel
  • Admission to all (3) Universal Orlando theme parks:
    • Universal Studios Florida
      • In this park, you’ll roam the streets of London before entering Diagon Alley
    • Universal’s Islands of Adventure
      • This park is where you’ll enter the snow-capped village of Hogsmeade and get to experience the awe-inspiring Hogwarts castle
    • Universal’s Volcano Bay
      • Relax in Waturi Beach and enjoy the towering views of the Krakatau volcano

Fun Fact: With your park-to-park passes, you’re able to ride the Hogwarts Express between the lands at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay (and select attractions)
    • Get access 1-hour before the park officially opens
  • Breakfast at an iconic eatery from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Special-themed keepsake box with a personalized welcome letter, travel planning guide, luggage tags and lanyards
  • Shutterbutton’s experience that unlocks an exclusive background and a complimentary 8” x 10” photo
  • Access to select venues at Universal’s CityWalk

4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lands: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need convincing to why you need this vacation package in your life. However, if you need reminding, I wanted to list out some of the must-have whimsical experiences offered at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  • Relish in the picturesque views of Hogsmeade, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Head into the Forbidden Forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
    • Spiral and dive past Hagrid’s hut on Flight of the Hippogriff
    • Go on a journey with Harry Potter and his friends on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Explore the familiar corridors and passageways of Hogwarts castle
    • Board the Hogwarts Express and travel to Diagon Alley
  • Follow in Harry’s footsteps through Diagon Alley, located at Universal Studios Florida
    • Witness a wand choose its wizard at Ollivanders
    • Ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
    • View unforgettable shows at Carkitt Market
    • Walk through the brick barrier in King’s Cross Station and onto Platform 9¾ to board the Hogwarts Express
    • Savor the delectable taste of Butterbeer

We know you’ll want to spend your entire vacation at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; however, remember that you’ll be able to enjoy other parts of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. There’s so much to do in our parks that I’m sure you’ll have a blast.

So, tell us in the comments, what’s your favorite part of The Newly Enhanced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package? Can’t wait to see you here!

Ready to start planning your Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation? This post will help you choose the best resort for your visit!

Book a Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package for Extra Magic and Fun

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You can book an exclusive Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package at Universal Orlando Resort to receive hotel accommodations, park tickets, keepsake box filled with goodies, and more. This is the ultimate vacation for any Harry Potter fan.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Exclusive Vacation Package Includes:

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 3 Days Free1 to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ AND Universal’s Volcano Bay™ (Booking window extended now – 7/31/19 and travel now –  12/20/19)
  • Early Park Admission2  to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required, select attractions).
  • Special Themed Keepsake Box§ with items to get started, including:
    • Welcome Letter
    • Travel Planning Guide
    • Set of Luggage Tags featuring Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™ – one set of three (3) per package
    • Hogwarts™ Railways Lanyard – one per person
  • Breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron™ in Universal Studios Florida™ – one per person
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ – one per person
  • One (1) Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio8 session in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ that includes one commemorative DVD photo album and one exclusive designed 8” x 10” photo print
  • Access to select live entertainment venues1 at Universal CityWalk™

For Package Arrivals after December 20, 2019
Package will include a 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Ticket9 which includes admission to Universal Studios™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay™

The below pricing does not include airfare.

Value
Universals Endless Summer Resort
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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Starting from $119** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Starting from $129** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Limited Time Offer – Receive a FREE10 $50 Hotel Dining Credit (per room) when you stay 3-nights or longer ONLY at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort (Book by July 31, 2019 for travel November 3, 2019 – December 25, 2019)
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Starting from $129** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Starting from $139** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
  • And more!
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Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Starting from $159** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE4 Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. That’s a value of $129.995 per person, per day. Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™.
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Hard Rock Hotel®

Starting from $169** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE4 Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. That’s a value of $129.995 per person, per day. Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™.
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Starting from $175** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE4 Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. That’s a value of $129.995 per person, per day. Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™.
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Rosen Inn International

Starting from $115* per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE scheduled transportation6 between hotel and Universal Orlando Resort
  • Discounts7 on merchandise, food & non-alcoholic beverages at select locations throughout the theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Additional Universal Partner Hotels available

TERMS & CONDITIONS

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

All prices, package inclusions & options are subject to availability and to change without notice and additional restrictions may apply. Errors will be corrected where discovered, and Universal Orlando and Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations reserve the right to revoke any stated offer and to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, whether such error is on this website or any print or other advertisement relating to these products and services.

1The 2019 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 3 Days Free entitles one (1) guest admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay on the same day. Ticket is valid for any five (5) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period, with no blockout dates. This ticket also includes seven (7) consecutive calendar days of admission to select live entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk™ which commences and includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. Ticket excludes admission to separately ticketed events at either of the Universal theme parks or within any of the CityWalk venues. Some CityWalk venues require ages 21 or older for admission. Valid photo ID required. Unless otherwise stated, does not include admission to Universal Cinemark, the Blue Man Group show, or Hollywood Drive-In Golf™. Subject to availability. Parking is not included and there are no discounts on food or merchandise. To receive full benefit of the ticket entitlements, first use of this ticket must be on or before December 16, 2019. All ticket usage must be completed on or before December 20, 2019 when the ticket will expire in full. Unused days will be forfeited. This ticket will be sold only within the U.S. and Canada between March 15, 2019 and July 31, 2019 (purchase by date extended from June 12, 2019). Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.

2Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando and Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

§Upon full payment for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Exclusive Vacation Package we will send an E-Travel Document to the e-mail provided at the time of booking. The E-Travel Document will include confirmation instructions, destination information and details about the Special Themed Keepsake Box. Guests will have their Special Themed Keepsake Box delivered to the hotel within twenty-four (24) hours of arrival and guests should follow ticketing instructions contained within the E-Travel Document. Maximum of eight (8) lanyards per Special Themed Keepsake Box.

8Upon full payment for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Exclusive Vacation Package we will send an E-Travel Document to the e-mail provided at the time of booking. The E-Travel Document will include confirmation instructions, destination information and details about your Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio session. Valid for one (1) Studio session per room and a maximum of five (5) guests per session. Session includes: one (1) commemorative Shutterbutton’s experience DVD in a Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio DVD case with access to unlimited digital views and one (1) 8” x 10” photo print. Access to digital viewing is provided by Colorvision International Inc. and is subject to additional terms and conditions. Data rates and other charges may apply. Please check with your carrier.

10Minimum of three (3) night stay required. Promotional offer is valid for travel between 11/03/19 – 12/25/19. Offer must be booked by 07/31/19. No group rates or other discounts apply. Travel and hotel dining credit must be completed during promotional period(s). One (1) $50 hotel dining credit per room. Credit applies to food and beverage (excluding alcohol) at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort restaurants only, days/hours of operation may vary. Hotel dining credit must be used in full during stay and excludes gratuities and applicable taxes. Offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions, discounts or prior purchases. Any unused credit is non-transferable and non-refundable and forfeited if not used. All prices and options are subject to availability and change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

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7 Exciting New Details About Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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In just a couple weeks, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade – will open at Universal Orlando Resort. To get you excited for this “story coaster,” Universal has shared 7 details about the ground-breaking coaster technology and all-new environments you’ll be able to experience on June 13.

  1. Journey Beyond the Grounds of Hogwarts Castle
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You’ll venture to the edge of the Forbidden Forest and enter ruins that have seemingly been abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut. The ruins were imagined and brought to life by Universal Creative in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore. This is where your Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid will begin.

2. All-New Environments and Sets

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Inside the ruins, you will see materials from Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where he kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts in a terrarium before they outgrew the chamber.

There will also be a pre-show featuring digital projection technology and special effects, where you’ll encounter Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang.

But the experience doesn’t stop there! Once you board your motorbike, you’ll plunge deeper into the Forbidden Forest and closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.

Here are some additional thrilling fun facts about the experience that will be brought to life with innovative coaster technology:

3. The most launches of any roller coaster in the world – with 7 total launches

You’ll launch up to 50 miles per hour through the Forbidden Forest, past the ruins and more.

4. The first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop – dropping you nearly 17 feet

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Prepare yourself because you’ll be dropping quite a distance.

5. The longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet)

Your adventure into the Forbidden Forest is bound to be an exciting one – so keep your eyes peeled for creatures and mischief around every turn.

6. Enchanted motorbikes will take you on an adventure through the Forbidden Forest – and you can ride the motorcycle like Hagrid or board the adjacent sidecar like Harry Potter

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I think we should start a poll now – do you think you’ll be team motorcycle or team sidecar?

7. The “story coaster” will catapult you 65 feet in the air at a more than 70-degree angle…then drop you backward in one movement

This will be the time to hold on tight and trust Hagrid to get you through your journey.

Before you know it, the opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be here. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride.

Share your excitement with #WizardingWorldOrlando on TwitterInstagram, and FacebookPlus, don’t forget to comment below about what you are most excited about!

Sneak Peek of the Creatures in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Universal recently revealed more about the magical creatures you’ll encounter on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventurethe new epic adventure opening June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  It will be the most immersive, highly-themed coaster experience yet, and take you on a thrilling journey with Hagrid to the Forbidden Forest to discover the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.

Now through April 19, stay tuned to the Universal Orlando blog as we give you a first-ever look at some of the creatures you’ll encounter…including one that’s never been seen in the films. A new creature will be revealed each day at 11 a.m. EDT to prepare you for the incredible things you may see during your trip into the Forbidden Forest as part of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures Class.

Devil’s Snare

While Devil’s Snare isn’t a creature, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this perilous plant from the wizarding world – often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire – remember that for your journey!

Speaking of your journey, Devil’s Snare is one of the many challenges you’ll face on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. You may even find yourself entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant but remember to remain calm! If you don’t, you may end up entangled in hundreds of its vines…

And a fun fact about Devil’s Snare, it made its first film appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when the brave Hermione told her friends how to defeat this dangerous force.

Our fourth creature is a majestic being not to be confused with a horse or human.

Cornish Pixies

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Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief – often at the expense of others. These mischievous creatures fly, and have also been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings – poor Neville Longbottom…

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In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll see these troublesome creatures wreaking havoc on an infamous blue car… and in places you may not expect. They’re about 13 inches tall and you’ll find more than 20 pixies throughout your adventure. Happy hunting!

Fun Facts:

  • According to Pottermore, Cornish pixies can produce a high-pitched jabbering that’s only comprehensible to other pixies
  • Cornish pixies made their first film appearance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets during Gilderoy Lockhart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class

Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog

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Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. And, as many of you know, Fluffy has a weakness – he falls asleep to the sound of music.

In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. Proceed with caution – he’s a guard dog first and foremost. And in this new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars.

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

Fun Facts:

  • In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Fluffy belongs to Hagrid, who adopted him from a “Greek chappie” he met in a pub
  • Experts on Pottermore say Fluffy was inspired by Cerberus – the dog that in Greek mythology guarded the gates of the Underworld – and, just like Fluffy, he fell asleep to the sound of music
  • Fluffy made his first and only appearance in the film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Top 5 Reasons to Add a Day at Universal to a Disney World Vacation

There are so many exciting things to see and do in Orlando that it can be hard find to do them all during one vacation! Although you may not need to spend a week exploring Universal Orlando Resort, it’s a great add on to a Disney World vacation! You can add a day at Universal to your Disney vacation to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, minions, Transformers, and more!

Here are the top five reasons why you should add a day at Universal Orlando Resort (or maybe a few) to your Disney World vacation:

  1. Harry Potter: The biggest draw for most families to visit Universal Orlando Resort is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It is the ultimate experience for any Harry Potter fan. You can walk the streets of London, ride Hogwarts Express, drink butterbeer at Three Broomsticks, fly with Harry, and so much more.
  2. Super Heroes, Dinosaurs, Minions, and More: Visit with all of your favorite super heroes at Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure, try the new Marvel Character Dinner, and feel the gamma rush on the Incredible Hulk coaster. You can explore Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure to get up close and personal with Blue at Raptor Encounter, watch a dinosaur egg hatch, and embark on a daring raft ride. You can become a minion on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem or enjoy breakfast with Gru, the girls, and minions. The Simpsons and SpongeBob Squarepants can also be found at Universal Orlando Resort!
  3. Volcano Bay: Universal’s new water theme park is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. From a relaxing beach to adventurous water rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and somewhere for everyone to cool off. The TapuTapu wearable allows you to even enjoy other attractions and activities in the park while you wait for your turn to ride!
  4. Thrill Rides: Universal Orlando Resort is full of thrill rides in all three of their parks! You can feel the rush of adrenaline on The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Krakatau Aqua Coaster, and more.
  5. Seasonal Events: Universal Orlando Resort hosts a number of seasonal events throughout the year, many of which are included with general park admission. You can celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal, Florida’s biggest party every February and March. Or, Rock the Universe with contemporary Christian artists in early February. Universal also hosts the nation’s premier Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights. And, the whole family will love the holidays at Universal featuring Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuing Macy’s, Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and more.

We can help you add a day at Universal Orlando Resort to your Disney World vacation without the hassle of renting a car. You can learn more about our exclusive shuttle to Universal from any of the Disney World hotels here.

Your Complete Wizarding World of Harry Potter Guide for Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Many people have been waiting their entire lives to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After reading the books and watching the films, actually stepping foot into the stories is a phenomenal experience. This handy Wizarding World of Harry Potter guide will help you make the most of your experience at Universal Orlando Resort.

With Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida, there are two unique lands to explore. We’re listing out each and every activity you can enjoy during your next trip!

This Wizarding World of Harry Potter guide is organized by type of activity: attractions, experiences, food and drink, shopping, shows, and hidden gems.

ATTRACTIONS

Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyHogsmeade

  • Soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with an array of magical creatures.
  • Pro Tip: Make sure to take your time in the queue for this one to appreciate all the details of the Hogwarts corridors including Dumbledore’s office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, and more.

Flight of the HippogriffHogsmeade

  • Bow to Buckbeak as you board this family-friendly roller coaster that spirals and dives around the pumpkin patch, and then swoops past Hagrid’s hut.
  • Pro Tip: This ride is great for little witches and wizards who might be a bit spooked by Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Hogwarts Express: Hogsmeade StationHogsmeade

  • Board the famous train and head towards King’s Cross Station in London. You’ll need a park-to-park ticket for this one.
  • Pro Tip: The experience is completely different on the way back from King’s Cross Station to Hogsmeade (see below), so you’ll want to ride it twice.

Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross StationDiagon Alley

  • Enter King’s Cross Station and walk straight through a solid brick wall onto Platform 9 ¾ to board the Hogwarts Express. You’ll need a park-to-park ticket.
  • Pro Tip: If you want to journey in Harry’s footsteps, do some shopping in Diagon Alley and then hop on the Hogwarts Express to start your next term!

Harry Potter and the Escape from GringottsDiagon Alley (pictured)

  • Take a journey through cavernous passageways that lead deep underground as you climb aboard this mind-blowing, multi-dimensional ride.
  • Pro Tip: For those looking for a more intense ride, ask the attendant if they can accommodate you towards the back of the ride vehicle. However, all seats offer a thrilling adventure!

EXPERIENCES

See a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley (pictured)

  • Step inside this iconic shop and watch an Ollivanders wandkeeper go through the process of pairing a witch or wizard with just the right wand.
  • Pro Tip: You might be the lucky witch or wizard chosen!

Cast spells with your interactive wand, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley

  • Look for medallions on the ground throughout Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley for opportunities to practice your magic. Simply follow the directions at your feet and look out for amazing surprises.
  • Pro Tip: You’ll need an interactive wand for this one, and inside the box is a map telling you where all the spells are located.

Send a letter through Owl PostHogsmeade

  • Here, you can mail a letter complete with a special Hogsmeade postmark.
  • Pro Tip: This is a great way to let your friends and family know you’re thinking about them during your trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Meet the Hogwarts Express conductor, Hogsmeade

  • Oftentimes you can find this jolly gentleman next to Hogsmeade Station near the front of Hogsmeade.
  • Pro Tip: Take a photo with him to remember your Hogwarts Express journey.

View The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleHogsmeade

  • On select nights, you can see some amazing projection mapping that transforms the castle in a dazzling display of lights, special effects and music.
  • Pro Tip: Scope out the best view early in the day to make sure you know where you want to stand later.

Meet the Knight Bus conductor, Diagon Alley

  • On the London embankment, you’ll find this three-storied bus and its amiable driver.
  • Pro Tip: You can also chat up the shrunken head hanging over the steering wheel.

Get your moving photograph at Shutterbutton’sDiagon Alley

  • Create a portrait of yourself that actually moves and purchase a collectible photo album in commemoration.
  • Pro Tip: Borrow props and costumes or bring your own!

Exchange your Muggle money at the Gringotts Money ExchangeDiagon Alley

  • Have a conversation with the goblin behind the counter before trading your U.S. currency for Gringotts bank notes in $10 or $20 denominations.
  • Pro Tip: The banknotes can be used for purchases within Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and at select locations throughout Universal Orlando Resort.

SEASONAL: Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterHogsmeade and Diagon Alley

  • Diagon Alley, London, and Hogsmeade are transformed with festive décor and brilliant lighting during the holidays. Not only do shows incorporate some favorite holiday tunes, but look out for special treats and drinks! The atmosphere is simply brimming with excitement.
  • Pro Tip: Plan some time to take in all the detail of the beautiful decorations.

FOOD & DRINK

ButterbeerHogsmeade and Diagon Alley (pictured)

  • You simply can’t come to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and not try Butterbeer! This concoction is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread. Find it at many of the restaurants listed below and various snack stands throughout Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
  • Pro Tip: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has six unique ways to enjoy that delicious Butterbeer flavor, so come with an empty stomach.

Three BroomsticksHogsmeade

  • This cozy, snow-capped inn offers tasty British fare including Fish And Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Cornish Pasties, Turkey Legs, and Fresh Vegetables. View a breakfast menu here and a lunch and dinner menu here.
  • Pro Tip: Take some time to explore – you never know what you might find.

Hog’s HeadHogsmeade

  • This pub in the back of Three Broomsticks is the perfect place for a Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice, along with domestic and imported beers, the pub’s exclusive Hog’s Head Brew, Gillywater (bottled water), specialty drinks, wine, spirits, and mixed drinks.
  • Pro Tip: Pay attention to the stuffed hog’s head over the bar – it just might snarl at you.

Leaky CauldronDiagon Alley

  • A small, grubby-looking pub and inn where you’ll find foods like Bangers and Mash, Fisherman’s Pie, Toad in the Hole, Ploughman’s Platter, and more. View a breakfast menu here and a lunch and dinner menu here.
  • Pro Tip: This location is very popular among visitors at lunchtime, but the friendly attendants will make sure you have a great experience.

Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream ParlourDiagon Alley

  • Here, witches, wizards, and Muggles of every age can indulge in scoop and soft-serve ice-creams with fantastic flavours like Butterbeer, Granny Smith, Earl Grey and Lavender, Chocolate Chili, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Caramel Blondie, Chocolate and Raspberry, and more.
  • Pro Tip: Keep an open mind… some unusual flavors may surprisingly delight you!

Fountain of Fair FortuneDiagon Alley

  • Named for one of the fables in The Tales of Beedle the Bard, this location serves a variety of beers and other beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
  • Pro Tip: You can also get Butterbeer ice-cream here.

The Hopping PotDiagon Alley

  • Nestled within Diagon Alley, you can cool off with a variety of delicious drinks at this walk-up counter.
  • Pro Tip: This is a great place to grab a snack while watching a show in Carkitt Market.

SHOPPING

Ollivanders, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley

  • In search of the most essential wizarding item? Look through the thousands of boxes filled with wands waiting to choose their wizard.
  • Pro Tip: There are many other variations of wands in addition to character wands

HoneydukesHogsmeade

  • The shelves of this legendary sweet shop are lined with all manner of colourful treats including Acid Pops, Cauldron Cakes, Fizzing Whizzbees, Chocolate Frogs, and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans.
  • Pro Tip: Every Chocolate Frog comes with a wizard trading card – collect them all!

Dervish and BangesHogsmeade

  • From magical items like Sneakoscopes, Spectrespecs, and Omnioculars to Quidditch supplies like Quaffles, Golden Snitches, and brooms to Hogwarts clothing, journals, and stationary, this shop offers it all.
  • Pro Tip: This is an ideal place to find accessories featuring the Hogwarts houses, so it’s a must-see.

Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated GoodsHogsmeade

  • Peruse items taken from students who got on the wrong side of the school’s resident caretaker, Argus Filch. You’ll find Hogwarts t-shirts, shoulder bags, caps, scarves, house crest banners, and stationary; plus authentic movie prop replicas, clothing, toys and more.
  • Pro Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for the Marauder’s Map and watch as inhabitants move about Hogwarts castle.

Owl PostHogsmeade

  • Here, you’ll find correspondence materials like stationary, quills, seals, and ink.
  • Pro Tip: You can even pick out your very own owl to take home.

Weasleys’ Wizard WheezesDiagon Alley

  • This colourful emporium is the novelty joke shop run by identically ingenious prankster twins Fred and George Weasley. Shop for all manner of mischief such as magical jokes, tricks, and toys including Pygmy Puffs, U-No-Poo pills, Skiving Snackboxes, and Puking Pastilles, and much more.
  • Pro Tip: Don’t miss the dazzling display of never-ending fireworks exploding at the ceiling.

Madam Malkin’s Robes for All OccasionsDiagon Alley

  • Build your wizarding wardrobe at this cheerfully appointed shop. Fashionable guests can buy authentic replicas of Hermione’s Yule Ball gown and Dumbledore’s robes. You’ll also find Hogwarts uniforms, ties, scarves, hats, sweaters, and cardigans as well as jewelry.
  • Pro Tip: Model your potential purchase in front of the mirror and it just might talk back to you.

Borgin and BurkesDiagon Alley

  • This dark and dusty Knockturn Alley shop is infamous for shady patrons. As you walk among the dimly lit shelves and displays teeming with malevolent relics, you’ll find Death Eater masks, skulls, Harry Potter film costume replicas, apparel, accessories, jewelry, and collectibles.
  • Pro Tip: Look (and listen) for the Vanishing Cabinet just like the one Draco Malfoy once used to sneak Death Eaters into Hogwarts.

Magical MenagerieDiagon Alley

  • Purchase a variety of plush toys including Crookshanks, Fang, Buckbeak, Fluffy, and Scabbers. Also available are Cornish pixies, ferrets, Pygmy Puffs, and an assortment of owls, including Pigwidgeon and Hedwig.
  • Pro Tip: Try out your Parseltongue when you peek in at the snake in the window from outside the store.

Quality Quidditch SuppliesDiagon Alley

  • This is the destination for everything you need to play the most popular sport in the wizarding world, including Quidditch sweaters, brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Bludger bats, Quaffles, and more.
  • Pro Tip: You can even pledge your allegiance to professional teams like the Holyhead Harpies or the Chudley Cannons, Ireland or Bulgaria.

Sugarplum’s Sweet ShopDiagon Alley

  • Discover a wealth of wizarding treats – every nook is stocked with tasty temptations like Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Acid Pops, Exploding Bonbons, Pink Coconut Ice and more.
  • Pro Tip: Feed Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans to unsuspecting friends and family and brace yourself as they just might end up with a flavor like earthworm or earwax.

ScribbulusDiagon Alley

  • Find all the authentic writing supplies a witch or wizard could need including ink and inkwells, feather quills, parchment, journals, envelopes, stationery sets, seals, bookmarks, and backpacks.
  • Pro Tip: Everything here is perfect for back-to-school or your office.

Wiseacre’s Wizarding EquipmentDiagon Alley (pictured)

  • Browse a variety of wizarding wares and essential supplies including crystal balls, telescopes, compasses, crystal phials, and hourglasses plus apparel and accessories from your Hogwarts house.
  • Pro Tip: You can have packages delivered to the front of the park or your Universal Orlando hotel room so that you don’t have to carry them all day.

Wands by GregorovitchDiagon Alley

  • This long-time rival to Ollivanders also creates some exceptional wands. Here, you can choose from a wide assortment of Harry Potter character wand replicas, and more.
  • Pro Tip: Boxes with gold labels are interactive and will help you practice magic in-park.

SHOWS

Hogwarts Frog ChoirHogsmeade

  • Hear the vocal stylings of this small choir of Hogwarts students, accompanied by the smooth bass rumbles of their giant throaty frogs.
  • Pro Tip: Look in your park map or on the official Universal Orlando app for times.

Triwizard Spirit RallyHogsmeade

  • Cheer on the colourful procession of students from the legendary wizarding schools of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang as they lead the excitement for the Triwizard Tournament.
  • Pro Tip: Stick around after the show for a potential meet-and-greet opportunity.

The Tales of Beedle the BardDiagon Alley

  • Watch as adept players perform a trunk show using stylized scenic pieces, props, and puppetry. See them retell two famous tales of Beedle the Bard, a 15th-century author of wizarding fairytales, including The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Tale of the Three Brothers.
  • Pro Tip: This stage is right near The Hopping Pot (see above), so grab a snack and enjoy!

Celestina Warbeck and the BansheesDiagon Alley (pictured)

  • Sway and groove to the dulcet tones of wizarding world sensation, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. The swinging show features never-before-heard songs including “A Cauldron Full Of Hot, Strong Love,” “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart,” and “You Charmed The Heart Right Out Of Me.”
  • Pro Tip: Dancing and singing along is allowed!

HIDDEN GEMS

Call the Ministry of Magic, Diagon Alley (Pictured)

  • Try entering the telephone booth in London and dialing 62442 (`MAGIC`) to see what you get connected to.

See 12 Grimmauld Place, Diagon Alley

  • Keep an eye out for the Black family`s loyal house-elf, Keacher™ – you might just see him.

The Monster Book of Monsters, Hogsmeade

  • A Book with Bite`- Stop inside Dervish and Banges to view this beastly required reading for Hogwarts students taking the Care of Magical Creatures class. It’s caged for a reason.

Be sure to keep an eye out on all the hidden gems inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

So much to see and do! Where to, first? Tell us in the comments section below.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Interactive Wand Guide

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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So, you’re planning your trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

You have your robe…

Butterbeer…

and your interactive wand…

Wait, what do you mean you don’t have a wand? You don’t know where to get them? You know what they do though? What?! Okay, come with me and I will guide you along your journey.

What do the interactive wands look like?

Let’s start off simple, there are 22 interactive wands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter inspired by the wands of your favorite characters from the Harry Potter film series.

Pretty awesome, right? And (in case you needed even more options) there are also interactive wands that are not based on a character and are instead unique to the witch or wizard’s personality.

Now that you are torn between 2 or 3 different wands, let me show you where you can find them in our parks.

Where do you go to find the wands?

In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders

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as well as Wands by Gregorovitch.

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In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders

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as well as the wand cart on the path to Hogwarts castle.

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If you have the time, we recommend visiting the wand keeper in Ollivanders so you can witness the magic of a wand choosing its witch or wizard.

Wands can also be found at the Universal Store in front of Universal Studios Floridaand at CityWalk.

What do the wands even do?

Now that you have your interactive wand, you are now ready to cast spells all along your journey!

In total, there are 16 spells you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and 9 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Inside your interactive wand box is a double-sided map that comes with the details of all the spell casting locations.

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At the location, a gold medallion shows wizards and witches where to stand as well as the correct wand movement for the spell.

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With some practice, you’ll be creating magic in no time. Here’s a quick glimpse of Reparo, one of the many spells you can cast. This charm fixes something that has been broken.

Now you’re all set! You’ve got your robe, Butterbeer, and an interactive wand! Which wand is YOUR favorite all throughout #WizardingWorldOrlando? Tell us on TwitterInstagramFacebook or in the comments below!

Top 14 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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There are too many must-do experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that simply can’t be covered in a brief blog post. It’s one of those things in life that you truly have to immerse yourself in and experience for yourself.

There is so much to see and do that we have highlighted the top 14 must-do Harry Potter experiences for you to enjoy on your next visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

And trust me, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been dreaming of these must-do experiences since you first read the book!

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1. Entering Diagon Alley.

There is something about that moment you first step foot into Diagon Alley and stand there in awe at something that can only truly be described as out of this world. When this moment happens, take your time, soak it in, and get your camera ready when you hear the Dragon on top of Gringotts Bank begin to rumble!

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2. Have a wand choose you at Ollivanders

Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC. The wand that chose me was a 11″ holly, phoenix feather core, relatively supple.

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3. Get fitted with house robes at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions.

Change out of those Muggle clothes and into some authentic wizardwear.

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4. Find a furry—or non furry—creature companion at Magical Menagerie.

Toad, owl, or cat? You can choose whichever you fancy.

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5. Stop by Quality Quidditch Supplies to pick up some house gear.

Whether on the field or in the stands, Quality Quidditch Supplies has everything you are looking for including brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, house sweaters, and more!

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6. Stock up on pranks at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.

Do you have a mischevious sibling that pranks you every chance they get? Well, you can pick up some pretty great pranks at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to help even the score.

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7 .Exchange your Muggle money for wizarding currency at the Gringotts Money Exchange.

A REAL exchange with a goblin for some Gringotts™ bank notes. Easy enough, right?

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8. You know at some point you’ll need to visit the vaults in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts…

…but be careful, I’ve heard escaping is impossible.

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9. Pass through the brick wall to Platform 9 3/4 and board the Hogwarts Express.

Get ready to journey to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express! Certainly the ideal way to transport yourself from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade and back again.

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10. Honeydukes is a surefire way to cure your sweet tooth!

Honeydukes is an ideal first stop in Hogsmeade. Not sure which colorful sweet to try first? I highly suggest you try the delicious Chocolate Frogs, each box also includes a special card celebrating a famous witch or wizard.

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11. Pick up some letter writing supplies at the Owl Post.

Don’t forget to pen your friend back home – they’re sure to appreciate a letter, especially one with a special Hogsmeade postmark!

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12. Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle as you enter and experience Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Wander around the halls of the castle like a true Hogwarts student. Look carefully, there may be some hidden gems only a true fan would notice!

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13. Missing anything? Head to Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.

Filch is always sticking his nose in Hogwarts students’ business. But hey, by raiding his confiscated goods you can find some really great items.

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14. My ideal way to end a magical day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks.

Personally, I love a mug of cold Butterbeer at the end of a long day. Did you know there are 6 Butterbeer treats in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Make sure to share your The Wizarding World of Harry Potter must-do’s on TwitterFacebook or Instagram with #WizardingWorldOrlando.