Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando August 2019
Hi everyone I thought I would share another trip report of our trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando Florida. We visited here during our Florida road trip in August 2019. We were very excited to visit as I used to work at Universal Orlando in 2004 for a year so it’s a very special place to us!
This is was our first trip to the Harry Potter section of the parks which was first built in 2010 at Island of Adventure and 2016 at Universal Studios. There is also one in Hollywood and Japan and one under construction in Beijing. My eldest son is working his way through the Harry Potter books and our youngest son is also a fan so we felt they were the perfect age to experience this.
After checking into our hotel, we stayed onsite for one night at Loews Royal Pacific resort, we collected our express ride access room keys and headed to the parks. This is great as it gives hotel guests the option to skip the regular lines! The boys put on their HP robes from Sainsburry’s and we headed to Universal Studios (a 10 minute walk or short boat ride from our hotel).
Once we arrived at Diagon Alley we headed straight to Ollivanders wand shop. The queue for the interactive wand show was only 10 minutes and we definitely recommend it as it was so magical. Also the Wizard chooses a child to be presented with a wand and our eldest son was chosen! From here we went into the shop and purchased our wands. We have a clip of the show on our HP vlog on our you tube channel (link below).
For lunch we headed to Leaky Cauldron where we enjoyed some delicious themed food. We then followed the map provided in the wand boxes and we used the wands to do magic spells across Diagon Alley. It really felt liked we had stepped into the HP books!
Next we went to the Kings Cross Station and boarded the Hogwarts express to Hogsmeade. You do need a park ticket allowing entry to Islands of Adventure for this. Once here we continued using our wands around Hogsmeade and the boys purchased official Harry Potter postcards and sent them back home in the HP post box. Unfortunately my eldest son wanted to ride Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, but due to his broken elbow he couldn’t. However there is loads to keep you entertained here even if you don’t like fast rides! Other rides worth checking out include Harry Potter and the Forbidden journey and Flight of the Hippogriff. Over at Diagon Alley make sure you don’t miss Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts!
We also returned to Diagon Alley at night time and it was a completely different experience. Don’t forget to catch the fire breathing dragon and look around the shops as the attention to detail is amazing! Some of the imaginative shops include Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Borgin and Burkes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for all occasions and Florean Fortescue’s Ice cream Parlour. To finish off a fantastic day outside the Kings Cross Station make sure you chat to the Knight Bus as the conversation they had with the boys was hilarious. They even joked about our sons broken elbow asking if he had fallen off a broom in a Quidditch match!
Our trip was so magical we didn’t want to leave. We have such magical memories and can’t wait to return one day. We also have never been to the Harry Potter studio tour near London which we can’t wait to do!
For more information visit www.universalorlando.co.uk