If you are looking for a magical getaway, do I have the place for you. Well, not me exactly, Universal Studios, Florida do. It’s called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yes, that Harry Potter. And yes, you can experience it first hand.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – The Magic Begins
If you are a Harry Potter fan, the books and films truly come alive in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. If you have never heard of Harry Potter, or even Hogsmeade (shame on you), you will still enjoy the mystic surroundings in this place, and the rides and activities too of course.
Creating the world in which the Harry Potter franchise is set in is tough enough on the silver screen. Recreating it for people to enjoy an immersive experience is another whole different ball game. But Universal did a great job of it. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an amazingly detailed trip through Hogsmeade, with every detail pointing to an element from the book or movie installments.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spans two theme parks—Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida—at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. That’s just how big Harry Potter is, for those who don’t know him. Phase 1 was officially announced for Islands of Adventure on May 31, 2007. Two and a half years (of construction) later, it was officially opened to the public.
The area’s flagship attraction is “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”. It is set in a re-creation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and takes riders on a journey through Harry Potter’s Wizarding world.
Phase 2 was announced on December 6, 2011. It is a significant expansion of the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Remember (or not) the Hogwarts Express? The full-scale working replica is the transportation that takes visitors from one land to the other. Now, tell me that’s not cool. The flagship attraction here is “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts”. This is a 3D dark ride/simulator based on Gringotts Bank. Exactly, that same wizarding bank that appears in the book and film series.
And in April 2017, the doors were opened to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood. Can it get any better than this?
Whether you are a fan or not, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando, Florida and the Hollywood offering are must visit magical lands. Need more convincing? Here are a few of the great activities and rides you can expect to enjoy.
The Wizarding World of Harry Porter – Main Attractions
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has fun rides for everyone and all ages. No need to leave the kids behind, and definitely no dragging your feet for fear of being bored. The wizardry of this place is gentle enough for Junior, yet powerful enough to keep you in awe.
Flight of the Hippogriff
The flight of the Hippogriff is a roller coaster ride the whole family will surely enjoy. This wooden roller coaster offers a short 60-second ride, just enough excitement for the little ones. As for the queue to the ride, that’s another mini adventure on its own. You get to pass Hagrid’s Hut, where you will be schooled on how to ride a Hippogriff.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s
This is one of the flagship rides at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is set in Gringott’s Bank.
Harry Potter fans will remember this magical bank run by goblins. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s is a 2000 ft long indoor roller coaster that utilizes 3-D projection screens and actual physical effects to give you the ride of your lifetime.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
This is the ride everyone scrambles for (it is human nature, after all, to be intrigued by forbidden things). And for good reason too. This is an epic ride that will take you through the castle, into the Forbidden Forest, and onto the Quiddich pitch. Featuring a roller coaster track, robotic arm, 3-D screens and animatronic creatures to whirl you around the grounds at Hogwarts, this truly is an intense ride that will immerse you in Harry’s world.
Be warned though, this is not a ride for the faint of heart. But children still do enjoy it.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Store
As the theme park is set in the village of Hogsmeade, you are bound to experience everything you would find in a village here, especially Hogsmeade. From Ollivander’s Wand Shop to Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions, you can actually do your shopping in these mythical shops – real shopping too.
Get Your Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tickets and Let the Magic Begin
Hopefully, I’ve managed to whet your appetite and now you’re to considering taking your family of “muggles” on this magical adventure. Don’t hesitate. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter tickets sell like hot cakes, best you move fast.