If you’re a fan of the beloved Harry Potter series, a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter should definitely be on your to-do list. Part of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, this incredible place filled with adventure and magic is an interactive experience–one that will bring Harry Potter and his world to life right before your very eyes. If you’re planning on paying a visit to this larger-than-life theme park, here are 10 things to do while you’re there that will provide for one unforgettable experience.
Learn How to Fly a Hippogriff
If you’d like to learn how to fly on a Hippogriff, Hagrid will give you some pointers on the Flight of the Hippogriff ride–one of the three exciting rides featured in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. On this rollercoaster ride that’s suitable for almost all ages, you’ll swoop and circle around in the air as though you really are riding one of these fantastical creatures.
Go on a Forbidden Journey with Harry Potter
A treasured favorite in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, this ride takes you on a journey through Hogwart’s castle and all around the surrounding grounds. While on this one-of-a-kind adventure ride, you’ll pass by some familiar places such as Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, and the moving portrait gallery–all complete with life-like character images and some thrilling surprises along the way.
Take on the Dragon Challenge
On this exciting roller coaster adventure called the Dragon Challenge, you get to choose which dragon you want to ride–the Chinese Fireball or the Hungarian Horntail. Although both dragons are part of the same adventure ride, each one will provide you with a unique experience. Ride them both and decide for yourself which dragon is your favorite.
Send a Postcard from the Owl Post
Share some of the magic with your family and friends by sending them postcards from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Stop by Hogsmeade’s post office, the Owl Post where you’ll find a great selection of postcards and other interesting souvenirs. While postcards sent out from the Owl Post won’t be delivered by owls themselves, they will at least receive official Hogsmeade postmarks so that the recipients will know exactly where they came from.
Enjoy a Tour of Hogsmeade
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Hogsmeade by taking a tour of the enchanting village that you’ve become so familiar with in the Harry Potter books and movies. Full of stunning details that you’ll recognize from the stories, you could devote an entire day just to exploring the village itself.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Honeydukes
If you’ve got a craving for sweets, stop by Honeydukes to get your sugar fix. Inside you’ll find a variety of candies unique to the world of Harry Potter–Acid Pops, Chocolate Frogs, and Bertie Botts Beans, just to name a few.
Choose Your Own Wand at Ollivander’s
While in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, pay a visit to Ollivander’s store for an interactive shopping experience. Watch as a wand chooses its own young wizard, or better yet–bring some of the magic home with you by selecting a wand for yourself.
Have a Good Chuckle at Zonko’s
At Zonko’s, you’ll find a great selection of toys designed to tickle your funny bone. From shrunken heads to yo-yos that scream, there’s a little something inside for pranksters of all ages.
Interact with the Characters of Hogsmeade
While visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, have fun interacting with the many costumed characters that you’ll cross paths with. The villagers of Hogmeade play a big part in bringing this imaginary world to real life. If you’re lucky, you may even have a chance to meet a character from the big screen–it’s not uncommon for one of the movie characters to stop by and pay fans a surprise visit.
Try Butterbeer at Hog’s Head Pub
Located in the back of Three Broomsticks restaurant, Hog’s Head Pub is the perfect place to sit down for a spell and enjoy a pint of Butterbeer or some pumpkin juice–beverages that fans of all ages will love. Beer, wine, and a variety of other spirits are also available for adults visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do while visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Because it’s a popular place, you might want to plan your visit well in advance. That way you can spend less time in long lines and busy crowds, and more time exploring the enchanting world that you’ve come to know and love.
Guest post from Cameron Gray. Cameron writes for AutoInsuranceQuotes.org.