Every time that I visit Orlando, I make it a must-stop to see what is going on in Harry Potter World. Universal Orlando takes its attention to detail to the max when it comes to the Wizarding World. There are a few things on this list that I hope catches you by surprise and will help make the most of your journey. The only thing that you need to know is that no matter what you do in Harry Potter World, you know that you will have a great time and want to head back sooner than later.
Ollivander’s Wand Selecting Ceremony
If you are a real Harry Potter fan, then this is a must. We all know that it would be pretty cool to have a wand chosen for our wizarding journey. So take a chance and stop in at Ollivander’s wand shop to see if you are the lucky one chosen for the ceremony. Although it is no guarantee that you will be selected it is still a fun experience that you have to see. If you are selected, you won’t have to purchase the wand and wouldn’t that make for a great story to go with your souvenir. Either way, you slice it, this is an experience that will bring a little magic to your visit and make you want a bit more.
Send Mail From The Wizarding World
Have you ever wanted to get a letter from Hogwarts inviting you to start your magical journey? Well if not, then I am the only one, and I’m ok with that. However, if you stop by the Owl Post while in Hogsmeade, then you can have the next best thing. You can purchase a postcard that you can send that will be stamped with official Hogsmeade postage that will allow you to have a fun keepsake from your visit. So when you get home, you can have a little magic to meet you there. It is this fun attention to detail that makes for a memorable Harry Potter World experience.
Right when you step into the queue, you will see just how detailed the queue is and that moves all the way into the attractions that they offer. So when walking through, take some time and look around to see what little gems have been hidden around for guests to find. Each attraction tells a fun story that you won’t soon forget and leave you wanting so much more. I recommend that you use an express pass on these rides because they can get crowded and it will allow you to enjoy the experience more than once.
Get Your Butter Beer On
The food in Harry Potter World is fantastic, and you should stop in and grab a bite if you have the time. The only thing that makes that bite more amazing is to wash it down with a nice Butter Beer. We have all seen the movies and who hasn’t wanted to try a Butter Beer in real life? Well, now you can, and I will say that you won’t be disappointed with it. I won’t spoil it for you but if you want a sweet little treat that makes you feel like part of the Wizarding World make sure you stop and get that Butter Beer.
Find Knockturn Alley
Ever want to walk in the footsteps of the most infamous wizards of all time. Well if you’re able to find Knockturn Alley, you can do just that. Stop by the dark alley if you want to shop at the historic “Borgin and Burkes.” You will also find some artifacts from the dark arts that will make the experience much more fun. We found the alley when we were looking for a bathroom, and it didn’t disappoint at all, making the experience of finding it that much more meaningful. So find it and check it out especially if you love some of the villains in the series.
You know you want to do some actual magic and so do I. When we were waiting in for one of the rides to open we moved into the wand shop. We looked through dozens of wands and finally picked one out. When we did, we noticed that one was more expensive than the other one. What’s the difference? One is an interactive wand with a map to allow you to do some magic. You follow that map to stations, and if you are able to wave your wand in the precise manner, then you will be treated to a magical experience. So if you have the time, check out the wand shop and perform some real magic for yourself.
When you visit Harry Potter World, there is so much to do, and the attention to detail makes the experience that much more fun. It is an experience that any true Harry Potter fan should experience because it does more than bring the movies and books to life. It brings you into a world that you weren’t expecting to be a part of. So stop by and take a stroll through Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade for a memorable time. Just make sure when you visit Universal Orlando that Harry Potter World is part of your plans.