The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

 

Curl up with your favorite wizard and friends!

 

By Angie Roberts Harris

In 1998, Scholastic Corporation released the first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, in the U.S. The popular books are currently the #1 best-selling series of all time with distributions equaling over 500 million.

Alohomora!

The The Wizarding World of Harry Potteris found in two theme parks owned by Universal Orlando Resort; Universals Islands of Adventure opened the doors to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. in June of 2010, and guests began strolling the streets of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley, located within Universal Studios Florida, in July of 2014.

Universal Studios Florida

Where to begin?

Begin the enchanting journey in Universal Studios Floridaand follow the life and events of Harry Potter.Meander through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alleyto purchase magical supplies in preparation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Explore the twists and turns of Diagon Alley- but watch out for fire-breathing dragons!

Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a 3D steel roller coaster experience.Explore the underground vaults with Harry and the gang while fighting off villains and monsters.Observe the goblins hard at work in the grand marble hallway while walking through the queue and then travel deep in the caverns beneath the bank to board the thrilling ride! Gringotts is easy to find under the giant fire breathing dragon.

Journey through the marble lobby and cavernous passageways of Gringotts’ bank

Supplies

Visit Ollivanders to pick a wand or rather, let the wand pick you!Swing by Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions for your back- to-school clothing needs. The Magical Menagerie is crawling with familiars to be adopted, and dont forget Quality Quidditch Supplies!

Gather all of your supernatural provisions in one magical spot

A spot to eat

The Leaky Cauldron pub serves cottage pie, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. Top it off with an amazing butterbeer drink for a meal that cant be beat!For a sweet treat, slide over to Florean Fortescues Ice Cream Parlour.I get apple crumble ice cream every time.Accio!

Satisfy your ravenous wizard’s appetite with something scrumptious!

Kings Cross Station

Walk through Platform 9 3/4 to find a full scale replica of Hogwarts Express. Have a blast sitting in a separate compartment with friends on a magical trip back to school seeing the beautiful English countryside, hearing Harry and his friends, and reliving exciting scenes from the movies. The train travels from Universal Studios to Universals Islands of Adventure. A park-to-park admission ticket is required to ride the train. Watch out for spiders! Why does it always have to be spiders?

Climb aboard for an enchanting ride through the British countryside- you may even spot your favorite characters through the windows!

Islands of Adventure

Arriving at Hogsmeade

Ready your wand and begin practicing spells as you step off the train! Study the map in your wand box to locate areas around the village where it is possible to create magic and stir up a little mischief with your interactive wand. Expelliarmus!

Explore the village and quaint shops at Hogsmeade

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts is home to an amazing robocoaster called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The queue winds through intriguing rooms such as the dungeon, the greenhouse, and the Gryffindor common room.

The seats of the ride are held above the track by a robotic arm and pivot while riders watch a wraparound projection screen. The ride does NOT go upside down. In the Room of Requirement, Hermione uses floo powder to set off the journey with Harry and Ron. Fly through the castle, grounds, and forbidden forest. Wingardium leviOsa!

Wander through the halls of Hogwarts before soaring above the castle in this thrilling attraction

Expecto Patronum!

The Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster whisks young witches and wizards past Hagrids hut and around the pumpkin patch.The Dragon Challenge is a high speed, roller coaster dragon chase for guests old enough to enter the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Choose from two fire breathing dragons for different ride experiences.

Hagrid will instruct you on the proper way to approach a Hippogriff as you glide along on this family-friendly ride

Hungry again?

The Three Broomsticks serves fish and chips, shepherds pie, and the Great Feast Platter.Step next door for a non-alcoholic butterbeer or pumpkin juice at the Hogs Head Pub.

Try something savory and satisfying or enjoy a refreshing butterbeer

Last minute school supplies

The shops of Dervish and Banges and Honeydukes are a must for last minute shopping.Be sure to stock up on chocolate frogs, cauldron cakes, and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a magical place where guests feel the enchantment of the books and movies. Mischief Managed!

Kaleidoscope Adventures is located in the heart of Orlando and they have worked with team Universal for decades. An experienced tour director will know every detail of your itinerary and stay with your group throughout the entire trip. Kaleidoscope Adventures is synonymous with student group travel and take the time to plan every element of your exciting adventure! 1-800-774-7337.

Of course it happened inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows