Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Part of our visit to the two Universal Orlando theme parks was checking out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Harry Potter-themed park is a section of Universal Orlando, and since there are two Universal Parks, the Harry Potter portion is split into two – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. I can say that I am a fan of Harry Potter so it was truly magical to see the stuff in the books and movies with my very own eyes. The music playing in the park was really fit for the wizard atmosphere, and a lot of people were dressed in cloaks too!

Hogwarts

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We went to the first Universal Park, Islands of Advenutre, on May 17. After a few hours of trying the different rides, we went to the Harry Potter section which was ‘Hogsmeade’. There you could find the Hogsmeade Village as well as the Hogwarts Castle which had the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Ride. I rode it by myself, and it was really thrilling and fun! The cart was similar to ziplines, meaning, our feet were dangling in the air. The cart can hold six people, and it can tilt to almost 180 degrees! I truly felt like I as riding on a broom alongside Harry Potter.

Hogsmeade

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Afterwards, I rode the Flight of the Hippogriff, which is a mini outdoor rollercoaster. It was short but fun, and once you are on top, you can overlook the view of Hogwarts Castle. While I was riding, my parents were checking out the different Wizard Shops that could be found. There were booths that sold wands and gift shops that sold Harry Potter related items. I joined them to have snacks and then the rain was pouring really hard!! We were stuck in the restaurant for a few hours. Luckily, we bought some butterbeer and sandwiches.

Cheers 🍻

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Remember in my previous post, I mentioned that we bought the Park Hopper tickets? Well, at first, when we were purchasing the tickets, I did not want to buy the ones with a Park Hopper option because there was a slightly huge difference in the price and the only benefit that I saw was that you can ride the Hogwarts Express train. I wanted to ride the train, but it was alright if I didn’t. But then the guy who sold the tickets was really encouraging so we ended up buying the Park Hopper tickets. Thank God we did because the park where we were stranded was about to close and we didn’t want to get wet. We were far far away from the entrance of the park and it was still raining. So when the rain eased up a bit, we ran towards the Hogsmeade Train Station and rode the train going to the other Harry Potter Park: Diagon Alley, which remains open for an additional couple of hours.

Fangirling over a number and a fraction πŸš‚

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The train ride wasn’t ordinary as well. There was a screen on the windows so we weren’t looking at the actual view outside. Instead, we could see graphics of the Harry Potter World, so it looks like we were actually riding the Hogwarts Express. We were also assigned in cabins, and there were graphics on the halls of the train which appeared to be characters from the movie. We saw silhouettes of Harry, Ron, and Hermione during the train ride. Afterwards, we got to the other station, the Hogwarts train station, which had the famous Platform 9 3/4 sign!

London in Orlando

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The next day, the weather was really good, and this gave us time to explore Diagon Alley which we were not able to do the other day. The entrance was beside King’s Cross Station, and it was like a secret entrance. We didn’t find it at first, but then I saw a tiny path and we went in. When we came out from the other side, it was Diagon Alley! Just like the movies!

Diagon Alley πŸ‰

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Everything in Diagon Alley was like the one in the movies. They had the same establishmentsΒ – I saw the Owl Emporium, The Leaky Cauldron, Madam Malkin’s, Ollivanders, and Weasley Wizard Wheezes! They also had the Gringotts Wizarding Bank which showcased the other famous ride in the park, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. It was an indoor roller coaster with graphics of the characters. It was really fun and exciting. Overall, I really enjoyed the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It felt like being transported into a completely different world, and it was a very memorable experience. I also loved my entire stay in Orlando, and it is one of the best and happiest places that I have been to.

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21 thoughts on “Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  1. Wow! This looks like a lot of fun. And butter-beer? This is my first time hearing about it. I would like to try it one day. πŸ™‚

  2. the Harry porter feeling from the books to the movie series… awesomeness.. i am a fan and anything about it gotta go for me..

  3. I like your video and images, Harry Potter was interesting movies and books but I wasn’t huge fan of it lol thank you for sharing this

  4. It’s so beautiful there! We are huge Harry Potter fans and I’m sure this is worth the journey. I think it’s better to go all out with the tickets so that you can maximize your time and the rides as well.

  5. I’m ridiculously jealous! I’ve still never been and I’m a huge potter fan! These pictures are amazing!

  6. Omg, I’ve always wanted to visit this place! It looks like you had A LOT of fun. I have to make plans to go out there SOON, lol. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! ❀

  7. I still have not been to the new Harry Potter park and I am wanting to go so bad!! Looks like you had a blast!

  8. Just so you know, I am DYING of jealousy haha! I would totally go all fangirl crazy too. We’ve always been meaning to go, just figuring out the best time when it’s not so crowded. I can feel my wand waiting for me!

  9. I went to Harry Potter World two years ago and absolutely loved it! The attention to detail is spectacular and I hope you had such a good time. The different flavours of Butter Beer were definitely a winner for me πŸ™‚

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