Universal Studios Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Have you heard that there is a new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando? This exciting project has just opened on June 18th 2010 - so get ready to experience this amazing world at Universal Orlando!
Just as you would expect from any Harry Potter creation many of the details were shrouded in mystery. Universal Studios had been very careful to release only limited information about the new and much anticipated addition to Islands of Adventure. But now Harry Potter's Wizarding World is open for all to visit. So join us on a journey around Harry Potter's new Wizarding World........
Hogwarts Express at Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Photo Credit Jeff Kern
As soon as you walk into the Harry Potter theme park you will see the Hogwarts Express. Start your journey through the streets of Hogsmeade towards the huge imposing Hogwarts school building.
Harry Potter at Universal Studios
Universal Studios The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is on a 20 acre site - a theme park within a theme park.
The imposing central attraction is of course Hogwarts. An incredibly detailed reproduction of the building of Hogwarts - it is impressive not only outside but the inside it an absolute dream come true for Harry Potter fans. You can now actually be inside Dumbudore's Office, experience the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, and even gather in the Griffindor Common Room just like Harry and his friends.
But the ultimate experience has to be the new attraction ride of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
Here is a great website which will give you a lot of tips and ideas about visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Ride
This is what Harry Potter fans have been waiting for. A truly immersive theme park experience. This 4 minute ride is already being heralded as one of the best theme park rides in Orlando.
This attraction is a one of a kind. The experience takes around one hour and will make you feel as though you truly are part of Harry Potter's world. A Press release for Universal Studios explains it like this: "The attraction's newly created ride system envelops guests in filmed action scenes and moves those scenes with them as they travel through the ride, allowing more time in the center of the adventure and with their favorite characters'.
You will enter Hogwarts and be taken on a journey of adventure. Firstly you will arrive in Dumbuldore's Office where he will greet you personally (well not quite but it certainly feels like it)! Harry, Ron and Hermione will be waiting for you in the Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom. Perhaps they can persuade you to skip the lecture and come on an adventure with them? Join them in the Gryffindor Common Room. Finally you will arrive in the Room of Requirement. And this is where the really amazing experience begins. The Forbidden Journey.
The Forbidden Journey uses state of the art technology to create an attraction which is truly unique.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter 2010
Photo Credit Jeff Kern
Harry Potter Dragon Challenge
For those of you who have visited Universal Islands of Adventure you will know this attraction as Duelling Dragons. This thrilling ride has been completely re- themed for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
This is one of the best roller coasters in the park - and now with the Harry Potter theme it is even better. The Dragon Challenge is 2 roller coasters which run at the same time. You are agonizingly close to the 'opponent' roller coaster at times!
Which will you choose? The Chinese Fireball or the Hungarian Horntail. Whichever one you pick you are one step closer to the Triwizarding Cup.
The Harry Potter Dragon Challenge has a height requirement of 54"
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens!
Harry Potter Hippogriph
This is another attraction which is not new but has been adapted from an existing Universal Studios ride. It is a roller coaster for the younger members of the family.
Three Broomsticks Restaurant
Imagine being able to dine in The Three Broomsticks. Well now you can if you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Three Broomsticks offers counter service dining. But this really isn't much about the food - although that is pretty good. It is about the experience and the attention to detail. You feel as though you are in Harry Potter's world. You expect Ron and Hermione to walk in at any moment. The building is breathtaking in it's authenticity.
The Three Broomsticks is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. The entrees range from $7.99 and up. The menu is traditional British fare. You will find fish and chips, Cornish Pasties and Shepherd's Pie. There is also a children's menu.
Honeydukes Sweet Shop
Every wished that you could step inside Honeydukes sweet shop? Now is your chance at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
If you need a quick sugar fix then step inside the Honeydukes store.
You can choose from such delights as Chocolate Frogs, Cockroach Clusters, Jelly Slugs, Ice Mice and Drooble's Best Blowing Gum.
This beautifully designed store with it's signature pink and green colors is somewhere which the kids (and maybe even the adults) are going to want to stop by.