The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park near Los Angeles. The area is themed to the Harry Potter media franchise, adapting elements from the film series and novels by J.K. Rowling.
- Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, United States
- Opened: 7 April 2016
It is based on series, that replaced the Merlin Woods portion of the Lost Continent region in Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, part of the Universal Orlando Resort. The construction of both worlds took five years and cost 265 million US dollars. The theme park includes attractions, restaurants, and shops themed around a recreation of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village.
What To See
- Dragon Challenge– Choose from two high-speed roller coasters, the Chinese Fireball or the Hungarian Horntail.
- Motorbike Adventure– A family rollercoaster adventure through the Forbidden Forest aboard flying Motorbikes and encountering numerous creatures throughout the forest. Replaced Dragon Challenge
- Flight Of Hippogriff– An epic family rollercoaster which includes a surreal animatronic Buckbreak.
- Forbidden Journey– A multidimensional, 3D action-packed ride experience starring Harry Potter and his best friends.
- Hogwart Express– Ride on a scarlet steam engine to Diagon Alley.
A Celebration of Harry Potter is an annual celebration a which typically occurs at Universal Studios Orlando some time in January (most recently occurring from the 29th-31st of January) and usually runs for three days. It includes question and answer sessions with participating members of the Harry Potter cast, special panels, demonstrations, and the incredible Celebration of Harry Potter Expo. In 2016, the collection of ‘Wizarding Schools’ was unveiled by Evanna Lynch on behalf of Pottermore.
If you simply wish to spend a two mornings seeing Harry Potter–one at Hogsmeade and one at Diagon Alley, two day tickets per person to enter Universal cost on the Universal Orlando website about $135 (after tax) per person between 3 and 10, and $145 per person ten and older. Kids younger than 3 enter the park for free.
- Dragon’s Fire – The dragon atop gringotts occasionally breathes fire and lets out a frightening roar.
- Interactive wands – Using a map and special interactive wands sold at Ollivander’s, guests can go to different shop windows and use the designated spells to activate magical special effects.
- music Performance – Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees perform four of their most famous songs in Diagon Alley.
- Theatre Performance – A theatre group from the academy of dramatic arts in Diagon Alley presents puppet shows based on Beedle the Bard’s Tales of three brothers and The Fountain of Fair Fortune.
- The Knight Bus – Talk to the cheerful Knight Bus conductor and the Dre Head.
- Dervish and Bange: Be sure to stop at Dervish and Bange for such magical items as Spectrespecs and The Monster Book of Monsters. Dervish and Bange carries all your Quidditc needs including t-shirts, Quaffles, Golden Snitches and brooms including the Nimbus 2001 and the Firebolt.
- Abercrombie & Fitch: A leading apparel retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch embraces the youthful and casual American lifestyle.
- Animation Studio Store: Universal’s all-new Animation Studio Store includes gifts and collectibles from DreamWorks Animation, Illumination Entertainment, The Simpson, Dr. Seuss, Scooby-Doo, Curious George®, and more! Store highlights include numerous ‘Hidden Minions’; an irresistible Hollywood themed ‘shop-in-shop’ showcasing Hello Kitty merchandise; and an opportunity to meet-and-greet with Hello Kitty, herself.
- Billabong: Extreme sports enthusiasts and beach fans look to the popular international retailer Billabong for the latest fashions before hitting the slopes, waves and street.
- The Dodgers Clubhouse; It is the official store of the LA Dodgers and features team apparel, gifts, novelties and memorabilia.
Treasures Seized By The Cantankerous Caretaker: Here you can see confiscated items like the Marauder`s Map and purchase souvenirs like t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, bags, caps, pins, keychains, plush toys, glassware, jewelry, travel accessories, collectibles, stationery, books and an assortment of other fine gifts.