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Hello to Hogwarts

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A travel journal to Orlando by Meggysmum

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Quote: A visit to the newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter showed us a place better than we could have ever imagined.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Attraction | "Feel the Magic"

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photo, Orlando, Florida
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The newest attraction at the Universal Studios Islands of Adventure is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Opening in 2010 this area is now the most popular in the whole of the Islands of Adventure.We had very early entry due to buying our tickets through our Travel Company so we were parking in our car in the Universal Studios multi-story car park at 6.45 in the morning. Since it was our first morning this was absolutely fine as our body clocks were trying to convince us that is was virtually lunchtime. We were given a free gift of a Harry Potter emblazoned waterproof poncho which came in very handy later in the day for some water-rides and then we were escorted into the park....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2011

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida
(954) 558-1784

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Attraction | "Wand, Cloaks and Chocolate Frogs!"

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photo, Orlando, Florida
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter offers a great selection of shopping experiences.Dervish and Banges: This shop contains lots of Harry Potter goodies including the Robes which were $99.99 (plus sales tax), at that price I was amazed how many people were walking around wearing them they must have more money than sense! They also sell scarfs, pins and a variety of Quiditch accesories, look carefully in the window to spot the Golden Snitch as it darts around. Dervish and Banges is directly connected to the next shop, Owl Post.Owl Post: The details of the shops are worth having a look at. Looking up you can see all the owls waiting to deliver the Wizarding mail, mere Muggles a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2011

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida
(954) 558-1784

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Attraction | "Riding Like Harry!"

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photo, Orlando, Florida
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One of the highlights that we had heard mention of before our holiday was the new ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. This was the first place we headed once the rides were operational as queues of up to 2 hours are not uncommon for this attraction and I hate queues! The harnesses for the ride have proved a problem for people "of an alternative body shape" so there is a trial seat by the entrance to test if you will fit in. The ride is housed underneath the Hogwarts Castle construction and inside you feel as if you are actually inside the Wizarding School. First of all you walk through the herbology area, past the greenhouses and then into the castle. The portraits move and talk as you wal...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2011

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida
(954) 558-1784

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Attraction | "Even Wizards have to Eat!"

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Walking around the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will certainly mean that you will require some refreshments.The Three Broomsticks offers English favourites on its menu such as Shepherds Pie and Fish and Chips. We had our free breakfast here which was quite poor so we didn’t try any of the main meals but I have since heard that they are fine. They also offered a range of desserts. At the back of the Three Broomsticks is the HogsHead pub where they serve wines, spirits and imported beers as well as Pumpkin Juice.Everywhere you look people are carrying cups of Butterbeer and seemed to be enjoying it so we bought ourselves some. In the winter they serve it warm b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2011

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida
(954) 558-1784

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Attraction | "An Adventure Not To Be Missed"

Universal's Islands of Adventure Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Islands of Adventure is the newest Theme Park in the Orlando area and it is certainly worth a visit. The design is fantastic and each separate "island" is themed magnificently to really submerge you in the theme-park experience. The "islands" are actually simply areas they are not separated by water but they do all have their own characteristics and rides. Visiting in October the lines are not unbearable but for high season it is possible to buy Universal Express passes that allow you to go to the front of the queues.--Marvel Super Heroes—The most eye-catching, awe-inspiring ride as you approach Islands of Adventure is the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster, the huge green frame...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2009

Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida