Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida®
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most popular attraction at both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. It takes guests on a journey to the amazing world of Harry Potter and features some of the most epic facets of the storied series. Guests will see Hogwarts off in the distance which is a major part of the park’s appeal. It is the home of one of the greatest rides in the park, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is also home to the rides Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge. These rides are a great way to get the blood flowing and are perfect for the thrill seekers in the family. Universal did not skimp on the details when they created this magical place. They jumped right into the movies and stories and harnessed the magic which made them so popular in our culture. There is so much to do, see, and interact with in Harry Potter’s magical world. One would have to come and see it to believe it. Rides are not the only appealing part of this great themed area either…
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is filled with magic and entertaining facades which remind the guests where they are at all times. Aside from the rides in the Wizarding World there are plenty of cool shops and dining establishments that sell a number of souvenirs, authentic movie items, and great edibles and goodies all with Harry Potter influence. Guests can get their very own robes and wands to make them feel like they are actually wizards themselves. There are also great places that sell tasty treats like Butter Beer and even awful yet fun goodies like the Bertie Bot’s Every Flavour Jelly Beans which include spinach, grass, earwax, and even vomit! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is such a fun place to visit and packs plenty of entertainment for the whole family so come on out and enjoy the Harry Potter experience.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™
Step into Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and wizardry, and explore the world of Harry Potter. At the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction you can do just that. As you await the beginning of your journey through Harry Potter’s world you can explore classrooms and corridors as surprises wait behind every corner. You’ll encounter the Sorting Hat, Dumbledore’s Office, and the well known Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom along the way as you’re accompanied by some of Harry’s friends. The friendly characters in the moving frames come to life in the castle as they scurry from frame to frame along corridors just as they do in the wizarding world. It doesn’t end there; you’ll also be able to wander around the Gryffindor common room as well as the famous Room of Requirement where anything is possible. You’ll find yourself in awe about how incredible this school is and before you know it, it will be time to embark on your epic journey where you will come face to face with everything you could imagine to find in the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Taking on dementors and a few giant spiders is all in a days work for this Potter boy and you’ll be there to take a front row seat for all of the action. So enter the gates of Hogwarts for the adventure of your life and you’ll be dropped right into the center of all the magic. Be prepared for fun and surprises around every corner, it is now your turn to take the lessons and finally learn to become a witch or wizard…
Flight of the Hippogriff™
Ready to take flight on a wondrous creature? Well on Flight of the Hippogriff you are able to do just that. Brace yourself for the experience of your life as it is a rare quest to be able to take to the skies on the back of a Hippogriff. The hippogriff has the body of a horse with the head of an eagle and is one of the wizarding world’s most mysterious creatures that you’ll be able to come face to face with. A family friendly coaster, this wicker designed ride provides fun for all ages and will be an experience you won’t soon forget. Have no fear as you “bow” for the Hippogriff for it will surely allow you to mount its back as Hagrid instructs you the whole way through. You’ll soar straight through the school pumpkin patch and past Hagrid’s Hut into the skies on this adventure where nothing stands in your way. So prepare to have a good time on this once in a lifetime journey as long as you flow with the swoops and turns of the hippogriff as you let him lead the way to a good time. So go ahead, take flight upon the hippogriff, just be sure to bow first.
It’s time…in every great witch or wizards life there comes the time where they must find the wand that was destined for them and that time has come for you. Step into the old wand maker’s shop where you’ll find the wand that has your name on it (not literally). This dusty little store carries more magic within it than you have ever been able to see in your life. Whether it’s a Phoenix tail feather or a dragon heart string that calls your name, this shop has a wand for everybody. Ollivander is the best in the business and whether it’s him or one of his associates who help you out you will definitely find what you’ve been destined for. This shop also has the wands of your favorite wizards such as Dumbledore, Hermione, or Harry himself that you are able to make your own if you aren’t satisfied with any of the other wands. As you enter the shop you will be in awe with how much you recognize from the tale of Harry potter and the high stacks of wands will keep your curiosity peaked as you are most certainly welcomed to have a look around. All great journeys start somewhere and it is now your turn to begin your journey at Ollivanders where finding “your” wand is just the very beginning.
Get your wizarding sweet tooth ready because you are in for one magnificent treat. Honeydukes sweetshop is a legend in the wizarding world, one that will be sure to please you. From chocolate frogs to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, this shop has all of your favorite confectionaries. You’ll want to try it all as soon as you enter this shop and don’t plan on leaving without your favorite wizarding sweets. Unlike normal candy, these tasty treats have that little something extra that truly makes eating all of this food magical. This shop is neighbors with Zonko’s Joke Shop and is sure to bring anyone into a good mood. So if you’re in for a truly incredible experience then try out Honeydukes, they have some of the greatest employees in Hogsmeade and are able to bring out the young wizard in everyone. You will be able to jump right into the center of Harry Potter’s adventure in this shop as well as it was the connection for the secret passage that Harry would take to escape from school for a little while. So if you are ready to escape from your world for a little while then come visit Honeydukes, you’ll be assured to leave with a smile on your face and maybe a chocolate frog in your stomach.