The Harry Potter universe has exploded down at Universal Studios in Orlando. While there used to be a few attractions over at Islands of Adventure, you can now experience this wizardry wonder at both parks during your visit.
What is Included within the Harry Potter Experience at Universal Resorts
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Your time in the Harry Potter section of Universal Resorts should begin at the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction. You will find this thrilling ride at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Once you get strapped in, you will take off on a journey high above the grounds of the castle, seeing magical creatures along the way.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
This ride will take you far beneath the Earth’s surface to try to avoid the trolls, Voldemart, and Bellatrix. Thankfully, Harry, Hermione, and Ron will be there to help you find your way back to Diagon Alley!
Flight of the Hippogriff
Do you know how to properly greet a Hippogriff? If you don’t, you will at the end of this family-friendly roller coaster ride! As you ride around the pumpkin patch, you will pass by Hagrid’s Hut.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
This is one of the newer Harry Potter experiences at Universal Resorts. This heart-racing roller coaster ride will have you going far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts, deep into the Forbidden Forest. Along the way, you will see some of the rare magical creatures from Harry Potter’s world.
The Hogwarts Express is a train that will become your best friend, as you venture from one Universal Resorts park to the other with your park hopper pass. You can ride this train as many times as you wish each day you visit the parks and you will always see something new with each trip.
Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station
These two stations are at either end of Hogwarts Express. You will find yourself within Hogsmeade Station when you are over at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and at the King’s Cross Station at Universal Studios Florida.
Diagon Alley is the area you will enter once you get off the Hogwarts Express over at Universal Studios Florida. This entire space is filled with Harry Potter themed restaurants and shops. You can dine at the Leaky Cauldron and purchase your own special wand at Ollivanders Wand Shop.
Must-Do Activities at the Harry Potter Experience at Universal Resorts
There are so many amazing things to do within the Harry Potter Experience at Universal Resorts besides going on the many different rides. While you can spend hours finding them all on your own, we decided to create a list of a few favorites that past visitors have loved!
Visit Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions
Every Harry Potter fan will want their own wizardry wardrobe, instead of the muggle clothes they are wearing. Therefore, a stop at the Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions must be at the top of the list for visitors at Universal Resorts.
Visit the Quality Quidditch Supplies Store
Once you have your magical robes, you must tackle your wardrobe for your next quidditch game. You will find everything you need within this store, even if you are not a pro at this game yet. As you are grabbing a new house sweater, don’t forget to grab a new quidditch broom and some Bludgers!
Stop by Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes
It is all about the pranks at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, so make sure you are on your A game as you are finding the perfect prankster gifts. You never know what you will find in this store, so keep an open mind as you are browsing!
Exchange Your Money at the Gringotts Money Exchange
Everyone needs some Gringotts bank notes when they are visiting Harry Potter’s World at Universal Resorts and thankfully you can exchange your cash for some at the Gringotts Money Exchange.
Grab Some Butterbeer
You cannot end your Harry Potter Experience at Universal Resorts without at least one mug of butterbeer. Although, there are six different butterbeer treats that most people like you simply must try! Those six treats include cold butterbeer, frozen butterbeer, hot butterbeer, butterbeer potted cream, butterbeer fudge, and butterbeer soft serve ice cream. So, while a butterbeer is mandatory as you are exploring Harry Potter’s world, you can at least choose the option that you think you will love the most. Oh, and we won’t think any less of you if you happen to try them all!