The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area based on the Harry Potter series, currently at three Universal Parks & Resorts theme parks and under construction in a fourth.

Step inside a world where magic is real. Within Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme park you can visit the iconic Hogwarts™ castle and explore Hogsmeade™ village. And, at Universal Studios Florida®theme park, you can enter Diagon Alley™ to enjoy unforgettable thrills, magical experiences, and more. Get ready to explore more of Harry Potter’s world than ever before!

At the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, Islands Of Adventure and Universal Studios have Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed environments. Both parks include Hogwarts Express stations allowing passengers to take the train reach both theme parks aboard the full-scale replica of the train that appears in the film series.

At the Islands of Adventure theme park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened June 18, 2010. It includes re-creation of Hogsmeade and three rides. The flagship attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which exists within a re-creation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Other rides include Dragon Challenge, a pair of inverted roller coasters, Flight of the Hippogriff, a family roller coaster, and the Hogwarts Express. Other attractions include Ollivander’s Wand Shop, Triwizard Spirit Rally, and the Frog Choir. Hogsmeade containing many gift shops and restaurants from the book series including Dervish and Banges, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, the Three Broomsticks, and the Hog’s Head.

At the Universal Studios Florida theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened July 8, 2014. It includes re-creation of Diagon Alley and connecting alleys, as well as, a small section of Muggle London. The rides are Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts roller coaster ride and the Hogwarts Express. Other attractions include Ollivander’s Wand Shop, The Tales of Beedle the Bard show and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees performance. The area also containing many shops and restaurants from the book series including The Leaky Cauldron, Ollivanders Wand Shop,Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Borgin and Burkes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, and Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is included with your Universal Orlando theme park admission or Annual Pass. To visit BOTH Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ on the same day AND to ride the Hogwarts™ Express, you need a Park-to-Park admission ticket or Annual Pass.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizarding_World_of_Harry_Potter

https://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Parks/Wizarding-World-Of-Harry-Potter.aspx

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