That’s right: Disney World isn’t the only place you can experience magic! So, how can you make sure you have a full Harry Potter experience during your vacation? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s everything you need to know.
Ever since the launch of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando vacation packages have been some of the most popular getaway options thanks to the park’s commitment to an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience. Each year, fans of the franchise flock to the location to get a taste of their favorite alternative universe and find themselves pleasantly surprised by everything else Universal has to offer.
Are you ready to plan the most magical experience? Well, let’s do it! Get your quill out to take notes!
First, Purchase a Park-to-Park Universal Ticket
Even if you solely have eyes for the Wizarding World, purchasing a Park-to-Park ticket will only work in your favor. How so? Well, if you’ve been dreaming about one day riding the Hogwarts Express, you’ll only be able to do so with one of these passes!
As a bonus, you’ll also be able to quickly get to the Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure sections, allowing you to see everything the park has to offer once you’ve gotten your fill of Harry Potter magic.
Once you’ve secured your ride aboard the Hogwarts Express, use this itinerary to ensure you don’t miss out on a single thing.
Enter Via Universal Studios
Entering through this area will allow you to start your Harry Potter experience at none other than Diagon Alley! Here, you’ll have access to some of the most famous establishments across the Wizarding World, including the Leaky Cauldron (we recommend stopping for a bite after you’ve ridden the attractions).
2. Ride the Gringotts Ride
Ready for a thrill? Step up to the Gringotts bank for an adrenaline-raising ride that’ll send you through multiple dimensions. Oh, and don’t forget to trade your U.S. currency for Gringotts bank notes — you’ll need them!
3. Grab a Wand from Ollivanders
Time to deck yourself out in wizarding gear! Using your brand-new Gringotts bank notes, purchase your favorite wand and wizard robe at Ollivanders shop. If you’ve worked up an appetite, make a pit stop at the Three Broomsticks to enjoy everything from fish and chips to rotisserie smoked chicken.
4. Head to Hogsmeade
Hitch a ride on the Hogwarts Express to be transported to Hogsmeade, which is in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Here, you’ll be able to ride the Flight of the Hippogriff and Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure for a few more screams, right before your final destination…
5. Visit Hogwarts Castle
Complete your day with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which transports visitors through the castle gates and into a thrilling adventure thanks to advanced motion simulation and 4-D technology.
Once you’re done, don’t forget to purchase some well-deserved butterbeer to finish your wizarding experience!
Find Your Universal Orlando Vacation Package
Ready to book your trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Don’t wait! View our Universal Orlando vacation packages today to reserve the magical getaway of your dreams. Give us a call to see if we have any of our Harry Potter themed vacation homes available during your stay!