Orlando has been a-buzz this week with the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter–a new “land” inside Universal’s Islands of Adventures theme park.
The main attraction inside this land is the technologically advanced thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. For a non-spoiler peek at this ride, InsideTheMagic.net gave LanceAround permission to show this video of the ride’s queue line:
A surprise hit inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Ollivander’s, Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC. The spoiler video below gives a glimpse into this delightful shop:
In addition you can buy Pumpkin Juice, Butterbeer, Chocolate Frogs and loads of other treats at Honeydukes, Zonko’s, The Three Broomsticks or Hog’s Head Pub. You can also send a letter from the Owlery–the only place in the world that provides an authentic Hogsmeade postmark.
During the opening week of Harry Potter, Universal struggled with lines that stretched all throughout the themepark and past the entrance! Some guests waited over eight hours, only to be told the ride was closing and they would not get to go on it. Talk about a PR nightmare.
But those who have gotten inside Harry Potter universally give it a big thumbs up. I recommend waiting a few months until the season is slower and Universal has worked out all the kinks. Then make your plans to enjoy the newest addition to our world class array of theme parks and entertainment.