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5 Must Do’s When Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

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It’s an experience that is unlike any other, you get to feel like you jumped right into the movie universe of Harry Potter. Although it is super overwhelming, we picked the top 5 Must-Do Things while visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we hope you enjoy our picks!


#5 Knockturn Alley – The lesser-known alley in the Harry Potter films, you can travel down the alley at Universal Orlando. You will find some pretty magical things and a very cool iconic Borgin and Burkes, that focuses on the dark arts and has some cool souvenirs.

#4 HoneyDukes & Olivanders – Two of the most iconic shops from the movie franchise open for business. Treat your sweet tooth to all the classic Wizarding World candies including chocolate frogs and Burty Box Every Flavor Beans (yes that includes ear wax!). Once you have fixed those sweet cravings, you can head over to Olivanders and let the “Wand Choose the Wizard”. Before going into the shop, you can go into a small 10-minute show where they demonstrate how a “Wand Chooses a Wizard”, and they select someone from the audience to demonstrate this one. Once the show is over you have the opportunity to shop various styles of wands for your purchase.

#3 Riding the Hogwarts Experience – There is nothing more iconic than going to Platform 9 3/4 and riding the Hogwarts express. At Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can ride the train to transport you between Hogsmead and Diagon Alley. “Please note that in order to ride the Train you must have the Park Hopper ticket because you are changing parks!”

#2 Butterbeer – You see them drink it all the time in the movies, but have you ever wanted to taste it yourself. Now you can when you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can taste the delicious drink either as a cold liquid or get it frozen for even more fun. One taste of the creamy whipped topping and it will become your favorite drink at Universal.

#1 The Rides – Universal has always put out some incredible, 3D, immersive rides but they really outdid themselves with the Harry Potter rides. You can go through Hogwarts castle and ride with the gang on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, or join the gang as they try to escape Gringotts bank. Also, there is the newest ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, where you can ride around with Hagrid and see all sorts of magical creatures from the films.

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