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Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The newest and biggest hit to make the Orlando theme park scene is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Island of Adventure Orlando Florida.

Opened in June of 2010, the themed area of Universal Studio's Island of Adventure is based upon J.K. Rowling's best selling novels and the record-breaking follow-up films of the same name.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has broken records itself, increasing theme park attendance even in a time when most families are putting vacations on hold or traveling closer to home.

“From printed page to silver screen, you've shared his every adventure. Now, you can experience the excitement for yourself at the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

Here you can pass through the towering Hogwarts™ castle gates and explore the familiar passageways, classrooms and corridors. Visit the shops of Hogsmeade™ and sample fare from the wizarding world’s best-known establishments, including the Three Broomsticks™ and the Hog’s Head. Plus experience pulse-pounding rides including Dragon Challenge™, Flight of the Hippogriff™, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, a state-of-the-art attraction that brings the magic, characters, and stories of Harry Potter to life in ways never before imagined. “

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Island of Adventure Orlando Florida features an assortment of rides and attractions for young and old, alike. The attraction also caters to fans of the franchise as well as fans of thrill rides.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The Wizarding World's most popular ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, integrates the newest in amusement technology with HD 3-D graphics, giving guests the thrill of flying along with Harry himself. The ride is the first to feature the technology in the United States and has thrill seekers from around the world clamoring to experience the ride for themselves.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The Dragon Challenge, the only dueling inverted coaster in the world, features a battle between Hungarian Horntail and Chinese Fireball dragons featured in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” A third roller coaster in the Wizarding World, is the Flight of the Hippogriff, a steel coaster designed for families that follows the story of young wizards learning to fly.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Butter BeerDining options in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Islands of Adventure Orlando Florida abound and take the visitor further into Harry's world. Options include Three Broomsticks, which serves Harry's favorites, butter beer, pumpkin juice and chocolate cauldron cakes. Honeydukes offers up many sweet confections from Harry's world including Cauldron Cakes, exploding bonbons, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans and Fizzing Whizzbees.

Elements of Harry's world, from gifts to Quidditch supplies can be purchased at Dervish and Banges. Zonkos replicates the toy and joke store from the series, and Filchs Emporium of Confiscated Goods offers up more souvenirs from the Wizarding World. Ollivanders wand shop offers both entertainment, as an attraction mimicking Harry's experience of being chosen by the wand in the series, and allows guests to depart the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a wand all their own.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Island of Adventure Orlando Florida immerses guests in everything Hogsmeade, Hogwarts and Harry Potter. From sights to scents to sounds, visitors are given an experience directly out of their favorite story books and films.

Travel tip from the Universal Studios website: “Due to the popularity of our new attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure® and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit® at Universal Studios®, we recommend you purchase at least a 2-Day Ticket with park-to-park access.”

DISCLOSURE: My family was provided tickets to visit Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure.


READ MY OTHER UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AND UNIVERSAL'S ISLANDS OF ADVENTURES REVIEWS:

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Review – Family Fun for All Ages

Universal Studios Florida in Orlando – Family Fun for Everyone

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Review

Universal Studios Florida in Orlando Review

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