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Harry Potter World Orlando | The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Harry Potter World Orlando

Are you planning to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (also know as Harry Potter World Orlando) well we have you covered with this guide!…

Attractions at Harry Potter World Orlando

It is the attractions as well as the rides that people visit Universal Orlando to experience.

Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley features the ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, and there is a replica of Kings Cross train station with it’s very own Platform 9 3/4. Then you could wait for the Knight Bus, or even stand outside 12 Grimmauld Place. Looking over everybody is an ironbelly dragon on top of Gringotts, that lets out a fireball roughly every few minutes.

If you decide to go to Diagon Alley get yourself a full English breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron after enjoying the ride. From there head to Olivander’s Wand Shop, and if you time it right for a show it is an even better experience. If you buy any of the interactive wands keep searching for hidden points where you can attempt to cast spells (these have small targets).

If you like dark and shadowy places be sure to visit Knockturn Alley, where surprises await you. For darker themed gifts and souvenirs have a look round Borgin and Burkes . After that board the Hogwarts Express to go to the next attraction.

Hogsmeade

There are 3 rides in Hogsmeade, the Flight of the Hippogriff (best for smaller children), Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, as well as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Besides these rides there are stores to visit such as Dervish and Banges besides Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods. You could even treat yourself to a personal copy of the Monster Book of Monsters, even though it is the cuddly edition it may still bite.

Should you want a soft drink or something a little stronger go to the Hogs Head to buy Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, beers, wines and spirits. Go to the Three Broomsticks for snacks and meals especially if the rides and the shopping have made you hungry.

Guide to Harry Potter World Orlando Rides

Though the attractions, shops and restaurants are good to experience the majority of people visit Universal Orlando to enjoy the rides. Here are highlights of some of the rides:

The Hogwarts Express…

Enjoy going round Universal Orlando in style, with this exact recreation of the train and carriages that witches and wizards go onboard for travelling to and from Hogwarts school. The journeys are different depending on, which way you are going. It also uses less energy than walking.

Flight of the Hippogriff…

This is a small roller coaster designed for small children, adults especially taller ones may find it less comfortable and cramped.

From this ride you will have a better vantage point for the grounds of Hogwarts not to mention Hagrid’s hut.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey…

This ride gives a tour of Hogwarts school even the parts that witches and wizards were not supposed to go to, such as the Room of Requirement.

There are times when the ride moves about a fair bit, so be aware of this if you have any issues with motion sickness.

This ride will even take you across the Quidditch pitch and be prepared for roaming Dementors attempting to scare you.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts…

This ride has plenty going on all the time, indeed if you have enough time go through it a few times to make sure you notice everything that is going on. You may get to see many of the main characters good and bad as you move through Gringotts. As well as Harry, Ron and Hermione there are other Weasleys besides Voldemort and Bellatrix lurking about.

Perhaps this is the ride in Universal Orlando with the most cameras, though it is more about selling photos than keeping the vaults safe.

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure…

Hagrid with a bit of help from Arthur Weasley will show you magical creatures, motorbikes and take you through the Forbidden Forest. There are thrills, spills and possible risks all the way round the ride. Furthermore, there are things to see and experience while you are queuing to get on the ride.

You will want to go this ride time and time again.

Overview

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (aka Harry Potter World Orlando) is a must visit attraction for any Harry Potter Fan!

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Holly Smith

I'm Holly a Mum of 4 with a love for everything Disney & Orlando!

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