If you are one of those who spent their childhood (and adulthood!) wishing that there really existed a castle like Hogwarts, or a magical retreat like Diagon Alley, your prayers have been answered!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has recently opened up in Orlando and it is every Harry Potter fan’s dream come true.
Lets take a look at some of the attractions of this magical theme park –
The Hogwarts Express
To begin your journey like in every Harry Potter story, you can board the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station set up at the Universal Studios, Florida and travel to Hogsmeade Station set up in the Universal Islands of Adventure. We have all secretly wished to get aboard the bustling Hogwarts Express with its steaming engine every time it came up in the books and movies. It is now possible to do so!
Honeydukes Candy Shop
Cauldron Cakes, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans. Yep, you heard it right. They’re all real now and you can find them and many more signature sweets and candies at the Honeydukes shop in Hogsmeade.
Ollivander’s Wand Shop
Every young witch and wizard comes to Ollivander’s in search for the most important wizarding item – their wand. Among thousands of wand boxes at Ollivander’s, there’s one waiting for you! You can also purchase Interactive Wands and use them to cast spells and create magic throughout Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. The wand chooses the wizard!
Harry Potter Merchandise
Head over to the official Harry Potter merchandise store for all your Hogwarts supplies – Wizard cloaks, hats, scarves and socks in your favourite house colors, magical books, potion-making equipment, your very own Hogwarts Letter and lots of other goodies!
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
This roller coaster ride will take you through the castle gates into Hogwarts where you can make your way down familiar passageways and school corridors, Dumbledore’s office, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Gryffindor common room, Room of Requirement and many more! As you make your way outside the castle, magical creatures wait to meet you and take you on a tour of the Quidditch pitch and the Forbidden Forest!
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Make the famous escape from the wizarding bank, Gringotts with Harry, Ron and Hermione just like in the stories on – that’s right – a dragon! Trace the path in and out of Gringotts on this adventurous path with the mission to destroy Voldemort, Bellatrix and other Death Eaters that get in your way!
Now whether you want to relive the joys of your childhood, or want to give your children a magical experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the place to go. It should definitely be the top item on every Potterhead’s bucket list! The magic awaits you.