Last summer, I went to Miami in Florida. As a huge fan of Harry Potter series, I couldn’t not go to Universal Studios in Orlando, and visiting the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter”. So I’m going to share with you, dear muggles, my tips (from my own experience) to make your visit easier, faster and better !
Get a Park to Park ticket
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter included 2 theme parks, the Islands of Adventure and Diago Alley. And as a Potterhead, you want to be able to visit both parts ! They are amazing, it’s really like you step into the movie.
Ride the Hogwarts Express both ways
You can travel between these 2 areas with the famous train. The experience is different for each direction and it’s a fun and convenient way to move between the parks. I won’t spoil it for you, but you might see surprising things (or people) out the trains window during the journey…
As for every theme park, try really hard to be there when it opens. This is your best chance to get little waiting lines. To arrive the earliest possible, you may consider staying in one of the Universal Orlando resorts for example.
Every shop are full of merchandise straight from the books and movies. In Diagon Alley, you can shop at Weasleys Wizard Wheezes for example, or buy a wand at Ollivander’s shop as well. Chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans or even a Hogwarts robe, you’ll find what you want. There are also a lot of Hogwarts Houses goodies, such as socks and t-shirts, you just have to pick a House (#Slytherin).
Try the Butterbeer
I’ve always dreamt of drinking Butterbeer and my dream came true. It’s non-alcoholic and tastes delicious.
Try the frozen Butterbeer
It’s even better and so refreshing !
The 3 attractions on Harry Potter are amazing. 2 of them are 3D rides with a lots of twists and turns. The special effects looks incredibly real, with animatronic goblins and the famous Sorting Hat ! My favorite ride was Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, even now, I think that’s the best attraction I’ve never did.