The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
You most likely did not have an owl deliver a letter with admission to Hogwarts, but a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ will grant admission for at least a day! You can ride the Hogwarts Express, visit Ollivanders Wand Shop, drink a Butter Beer and so much more!
Your Harry Potter Experience is spilt into two parts, Diagon Alley, situated in Universal Studios, and Hogsmeade, in Islands of Adventure. The two separate parks do have convenient two park passes, so you can visit both these magical attractions in one day. You can even take the Hogwarts Express to get from one park to the other!
In Universal Studios, it all starts at the knight bus, which stands in front of a seemingly average stone wall, but behind the wall you’ll find the surreal Diagon Alley!
In Diagon Alley, enjoy a traditional meal at the Leaky Couldron, buy your very own wand at Ollivanders Wand Shop, and ride on the 'Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts' ride! At the Ollivanders Wand Shop, you might even be lucky enough to have a wand choose you!
For anyone with a sweet tooth, you’ll be able to pick up something sweet at Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour. But, save room for more sweets, because the famous Honeydukes is in Hogsmeade! An absolute must for any Harry Potter fan is the Iconic Butter Beer! They are sold at numerous vendors around both parks including The Fountain of Fair Fortune or the The Hopping Pot. (For those looking for something a little stronger than Butter Beer, these places also serve regular beer!)
If you want to do some shopping, you’ll certainly be busy! Diagon Alley is filled with some of Harry Potter's most notable shops, including Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Sugarplum's Sweetshop, Quality Quidditch™ Supplies and Madam Malkin's Robes.
After you explore Diagon Alley, head on over to Kings Cross Station and board the Hogwarts Express! (You must have a Park-to-Park admission ticket to board!)
After a short train ride, you’ll arrive in Hogsmeade! Here, grab a bite at the Three Broomsticks or get something sweeter at Honeydukes where you’ll find sweets like the famous Chocolate Frogs, Fizzing Whizzbees, and Drooble’s!
Also in Hogsmeade, you’ll find more thrilling rides, including the rollercoaster Dragon Challenge™ and a tamer option, Flight of the Hippogriff™. Also, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ takes you on an adventure around Hogwarts in an exciting motion simulation ride.
Throughout both parks, you’ll find magical spots where you can use your Interactive Ollivanders Wand to perform your very own magic! Extra shows and entertainment happens throughout both the parks, from the Frog Choir to The Tales of Beedle the Bard, so keep your eyes out for these performances!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is the magical experience you hope for and beyond!