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“If only the olden times were more...spread out....”

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Ranked #1 of 457 things to do in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It's the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained - you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Now open: the new, heart-warming and hilarious Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. And coming soon: Transformers The Ride-3D. Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Universal nailed the look and feel of the imagery throughout this area but they failed miserably at keeping in mind the need of visitors trying to get in/out and move around within this area. Maybe 5 years from now when this section of the park seems ho-hum to everyone you can go to through it and actually enjoy taking in the detail but right now the area simply can not handle the crowds. So, pack your patience with your wand and hopefully you'll still get to enjoy it. The rides are decent, take benefit of the Single Rider option of you don't have express pass.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best in the park, don’t miss it!! All the Harry Potter rides, shops, areas were fantastic. Make sure you get a Butter Beer, wonderful and they count as snacks if you have the meal plan . Light show in the evening on the castle is also over the top!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wait time for this ride was a bit long; however, once you got on the inside there was SOOOOO MUCH to look at and admire and talk about so it made the wait tolerable. Definitely a must do, keep your phone handy for lots of photo ops :)

1  Thank Tericka L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a great place to visit. I come all the time with children and without. The Harry Potter section is intentionally small which annoys me because if it gets too full they will lock the gates and not let you in. But it great fun when you do!!!

1  Thank Aareez
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled to Universal and The Wizarding World of Harry Pottery with my husband and two daughters (ages 13 and 10). We had been to Disney three times but never Universal. Seeing Harry Potter was the sole reason for us going, and it was everything we hoped it would be and more.

My daughters and I have read the books and seen the movies, but my husband isn’t a Harry Potter fan and has only a limited understanding of the storyline based on seeing bits of the movies. Even for him as a non-fan, it was the highlight. My comments/tips follow:

Universal Studios Florida (USF) vs. Islands of Adventure (IOA): To get the full experience, you have to visit both parks, and I’d suggest the park hopper so you can go between parks. You must have a park hopper ticket to take the train at King Cross station. USF has Diagon Alley, which is accessible by walking behind a brick wall (you can’t see it from the rest of the park), and it’s home to the amazing Escape from Gringotts ride. The attention to detail throughout The Wizarding World is incredible. Do take the time to really look in the windows and note all the little touches. Each store is a tourist stop in its own right. Moaning Myrtle can be heard in the bathroom. Every detail, every sound, every experience is like you’re really there.

IOA is home to Hogsmeade, which like Diagon Alley has amazing attention to detail. It, too, has amazing shops, including the Owl Post where you can buy custom Harry Potter stamps and get mail postmarked from Hogsmeade. We ate at the Three Broomsticks and liked it. (Tip: Go early! We arrived at 11AM and got right in. By noon, there was a very long wait.) Our favorite ride at IOA was Forbidden Journey. Note: We opted to go to USF for early entry at 8AM, then ride the train to IOA, which opened at 9AM. We got in line for the train around 8:40 and were on the first train. The train offers a moving scene out the window as if you’re really going to Hogwarts – so well done.

Wands: Going into this trip, I thought $50 for each interactive wand was not a great use of our spending money. I stand corrected. After our girls were selected to participate in the Ollivanders “show,” we consented and bought the wands. They LOVED stopping at the various locations throughout both parks to perform the spells, and my husband and I loved watching them. Those wands ended up being a highlight of the trip.

RESORT GUESTS: We stayed at the Royal Pacific Hotel, which allowed us one-hour early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at USF. All resort guests have the same idea, so you’ll be going in early with lots of people, but the early arrival is still worth it. Note that Diagon Alley is in the back of the park, so you have a decent hike between the ticket gate and there. Additionally, Royal Pacific guests have the Unlimited Express Pass, which allows “FastPass” access all day on all rides including the Harry Potter rides. As such, you can ride your favorite HP rides several times without the long waits.

In my opinion, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter takes Universal from a C+ park to an A+ Park. I’d choose to return to Universal over Disney in the future simply because of Harry Potter.

If you go, you’ll love it.

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