All those still waiting for their acceptance letter to
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - rejoice!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the newest
addition to Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventures
theme park, and is sure to bring a magical world to
life. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was announced
in 2007, and Universal has gone to great lengths to
really make the new "Island" at Universal's Island of Adventure @
Universal Orlando Resort an immersive experience. There
will be several new rides and stores, while other
attractions are completely revamped to match the new,
Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a
brand-new Universal's Islands of Adventure® theme park section based
on the hit Harry Potter book and movie series by J.K.
Rowling. It was announced last year that it would open
this Spring- and since then fans waited both eagerly and
impatiently for this magical new world to be brought to
life. To enjoy the
Wizarding World of Harry Potter, all that is
required is a regular ticket to Universal's Islands of Adventure®
(Universal Orlando 1 day park); There are no additional
fees or restrictions.
And it's true to the series- the main building in the
new area is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,
where young witches and wizards study from age 11. The
castle features a state-of-the-art ride where you follow
Harry himself in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
The castle also has famous areas from the series, such
as the Gryffindor House common rooms, the Defense
Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Room of
Requirements, headmaster Dumbledore's office, and more.
are also two rollercoasters- Flight of the Hippogriff,
in which the rider must bow in respect to a hippogriff.
If it bows back, prepare for a family-friendly
hippogriff training ride over Hogwarts' grounds.
second is the former Dueling Dragons- now known as the
Dragon Challenge. Featuring elements from the Triwizard
Tournament, choose either a Hungarian Horntail or a
Chinese Fireball dragon and set off on a twisting,
winding battle between the two dragons.
for a treat? Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
features Hogsmeade, the Wizarding town, with plenty to
see and taste. Visit the Honeydukes sweet shop, filled
with Chocolate Frogs (complete with wizard trading
cards), Fizzing Whizzbees, Cauldron Cakes, Acid Pops,
Exploding Bonbons, and other delectable treats.
your sugar rush, wander into Ollivanders (Makers of
Fine Wands since 382 B.C.) and have a wandkeeper help a
wand choose you. Purchase your unique wand or choose
from collectible sets or Harry Potter character wands
and other odds and ends.
Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter will allow
you to brag about your purchase by mail at the Owl Post,
where you can send real postcards and letters with an
authentic Hogsmeade postmark. You can also buy
stationery, Harry Potter stamps, owl-related souvenirs,
Pop into Dervish and Banges for your supply of
Spectrespecs, Sneakoscopes, Omnioculars, books,
Quidditch needs- such as brooms and golden snitches-
school uniforms, and other merchandise.
don't forget Zonko's joke shop! Bring home Extendable
Ears, Screaming Yo-Yos, a Pygmy Puff, shrunken heads,
popular sweets- Fainting Fancies, Nosebleed Nougat, and
many more- and other items.
all that browsing, you're bound to be hungry! Stop into
the authentic Three Broomsticks tavern for pumpkin
juice, Butterbeer, and various menu items.
With so much to see and do, Universal's Wizarding World
of Harry Potter is like a theme park in itself- no
wonder it's been so widely anticipated by fans and park
World of Harry Potter
Escape Orlando will surely be the most popular of all
attractions and a sure stop on your
Universal Studios vacation!