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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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An Instant Hit
Since it officially opened in June 2010, Potter fans have been flocking to the park to experience the magical world for themselves. The park sold 1 million Butterbeers in Hogsmeade Village (pictured) over a six month period and won four Thea Awards from the Themed Entertainment Association, including one for Outstanding Achievement-New Theme Park Land.
Hogwarts Express
As guests enter into the village of Hogsmeade, they are greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine. Appearing in every book and Harry Potter movie, the magical train that transports students from platform 9 3/4 to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the perfect place to snap a photo before continuing into the village.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Enter through the castle’s gates into the iconic Hogwarts. State-of-the-art technology combined with movie scenes take guests on a journey where they will experience the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom and Dumbledore’s office. Join Harry and his friends as they travel through the Floo Network, soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow and get pulled into a Quidditch match.
Dragon Challenge
On this fast-paced dueling roller coaster ride, guests choose a dragon—either an aggressive Chinese Fireball or a ferocious Hungarian Horntail—then hold on as both dragons twist, loop and come within 12 inches of each other. Both rides are different, but each has several inversions, including a zero-g roll, a cobra roll, a corkscrew and a vertical loop.
Flight of the Hippogriff
After guests pass by Hagrid’s Hut, they’ll follow his instructions to learn the proper way to approach a Hippogriff, an animal with the body of a horse and a head of an eagle. Then the family-friendly coaster, made from wicker and leaves representing feathers, soars over the pumpkin patch.
Three Broomsticks
The famous Three Broomsticks is the perfect place to grab some local grub. Choose from main courses such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Cornish pastry and turkey legs. For young wizards, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese and other kid favorites are available. Save room for the delicious desserts that range from apple pie, to strawberry and peanut butter ice cream and chocolate trifle.
Hog's Head Pub
At the back of the Three Broomsticks is the pub, which serves non-alcoholic Butterbeer made from a secret recipe that comes cold or frozen. While sitting under the mounted hog’s head that sometimes snarls, guests can also enjoy traditional pumpkin juice, a selection of domestic and imported beers, specialty drinks, wine, spirits and mixed drinks.
Dervish and Banges
Find everything a young wizard would need, including Sneakoscopes, Spectrespecs, Omnioculars, Hogwarts school robes and The Monster Book of Monsters. Quidditch supplies also line the walls. Find Quaffles, Golden Snitches and brooms, including the Nimbus 2001 and Firebolt.
Owl Post
Visitors can drop postcards and letters in the post box where they’ll be delivered with an authentic Hogsmeade postmark, or purchase stationary, stamps and owl-related toys and gifts to take home. Watch out for the howler in the window who sometimes gives visitors an earful.
Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods
Stop in this shop where Filch puts all the items he has confiscated from students, including Hogwarts clothing, shoulder bags, caps, scarves, Quidditch supplies and toys. Choose which house to be in with an official crest banner or find authentic movie prop replicas, such as walking sticks, Death Eater masks and chess sets.
The candy shop is a must-stop in Hogsmeade for the young and young at heart. Shelves are filled with colorful sweets including Acid Pops, Exploding Bonbons, Treacle Fudge and Chocolate Frogs complete with a collector’s card of a famous wizard. Fill up a bag of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans and take a chance on what flavors end up inside.
Inside Ollivanders, Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, visitors will be surrounded by thousands of multi-colored dusty wand boxes stacked from floor to ceiling. The resident wandkeeper guides guests through an enchanting experience to find their very own wand. Beware; a few magical mishaps may happen until the perfect wand is chosen.
Zonko's Joke Shop
A jokester’s haven, the toy and joke shop has everything to tickle the funny bone including Extendable Ears, Screaming Yo-Yos, Boxing Telescopes and Shrunken Heads.
Triwizard Spirit Rally
Cheer on students of the Durmstrang Institute and the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic during the choreographed show. Inspired by the popular scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, three Durmstrang students perform a high-energy acrobatic staff routine while ladies from Beauxbatons captivate the audience with an elegant ribbon dance.

The world famous books and movies come to life at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests walk straight into J.K. Rowling’s enchanting world thanks to some movie magic and innovative technology. Go on an adventure inside Hogwarts castle with Harry, Hermione and Ron, visit Ollivanders wand shop, take a ride on a Hippogriff or Hungarian Horntail, sample Butterbeer and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, send a letter at the Owl Post and even snag a Golden Snitch. One-day, one-park ticket prices are $82 for adults and $74 for children ages 3 to 9, but there are also deals for multiple day and multiple park passes.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando
Hours: Opens daily at 9 a.m., closes between 6 and 9 p.m.

Text by Krysta Legeros
Photos © Universal Orlando Resort

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