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Harry Potter fans head over to Orlando

Magic, wizards and warlocks are part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in two theme amusement parks in Orlando.

Universal Studios of Orlando showcases the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Universal Studios of Orlando showcases the wizarding world of Harry Potter.Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Wizarding World of Harry PotterPhoto by Handout/Getty Images

After reading all seven books, watching all the movies and following the trends of Potterhead, it's a great bang to end the journey with a to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure of Orlando, located on City Walk.

Attention to detail and amazing animation effects transport Harry Potter fans into the world of wizarding for both adults and children. Hogsmeade and Hogwarts have been recreated in stunning detail and the attractions are just as amazing. Ride engineers hit the spot by duplicating so much from the movies to recreate it in Orlando.

Highlights

  • Diagon Alley is a shopping haven for Harry Potter fans. With the greatest technology, each store is just like walking through the movies, with the characters created by author J.K. Rowling.
  • Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge is a must as a one-of-a-kind simulator, outfitted with 3-D animation. With thrills on every turn, the long, summer lines are worth the wait.
  • Flight of the Hippogriff is a mild coaster good for the kiddies.
  • Butter beer, which tastes like butter scotch, is cream soda in a special plastic goblet and pumpkin juice which is a nice ending after a thrilling coaster ride.
  • Hogwarths Express is operated as a train ride between both parks, equipped with comfy seats and an entertaining storyline. If you purchase an interactive wand, it could be used throughout the park. Customized wands are also available for those who can pay the exorbitant fees.
  • Ollivander's wand store is enticing to fans. How can you leave this store without buying a wand? But nothing is less than $29 so don't fall in love with the first one you see. If your pocketbook is a little thinner after paying the hefty admission prices, check out the clearance areas.
  • Three Broomsticks is place to eat in experiencing the world of Harry Potter. Positive reviews are posted all over the Internet about the delicious food sold at this establishment.

Duration

To visit everything in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, families will need about two to three days.

Price Point

Both parks for one adult and one child will cost about $144 on a one-day pass between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Packages are ideal if you are staying about one week in Orlando.

Contact

Islands of Adventure

6000 Universal Blvd,

Orlando, FL 32819

www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Parks/Islands-of-Adventure

Universal Orlando

6000 Universal Blvd

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 363-8000

www.universalorlando.com

Tip 1: Early birds arrive at the park at opening times of 9 am, then walk straight to the newest ride. You won't have to encounter a four-hour wait.

Tip 2: Discount passes, check AAA or surf the Internet for reduced fares. Buy ahead of time on the Web, it's cheaper than buying in person at the front gate.

Tip 3: Stay at resort associated with Universal and you can get fast passes for these sought-after rides. If fast passes aren't offered, resort might have early access before regular operating hours.

Tip 4: Wear comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, a personal fan, a small backpack for wallet, shades, small souvenir items and spending money with a good attitude and imagination. Most coasters will require riders to rent a locker. Bags and backpacks won't fit on the rides.