It’s a dream come true!! I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
On July 28, 2016 I had one of the best experiences of my life! My sisters and I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in California!!
I grew up reading Harry Potter. I went to to the midnight book release to be able to by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Borders. Read the seventh book in eleven hours, straight through the night to finish before I had to go to work the next afternoon. Dressed up as Moaning Myrtle, Cho Chang, and Bellatrix Lestrange to go see the midnight premieres of the movies. I have loved the world of Harry Potter ever since I read the Sorceror’s Stone. So to be able to go with my sisters was un-freaking-believable!!
Me and my sisters.
When we got to the park we had to pay for parking, no surprise their. My advice, spend the 30.00 to get the preferred parking. It ended up being one of the smartest decisions that we made that day!! Because we got preferred parking we were able to park in the Terrace, so our car wasn’t roasting when we got out of the park! Which would have been miserable because it was about 94 degrees Fahrenheit that day!! But the best part about getting preferred parking is that you go up an escalator thing and you are right at the park entrance! And for someone like me who has had four knee procedures that is a HUGE bonus!
Here are a couple things that we learned from this adventure. Buy your tickets online in advance!!!! I can’t emphasis this enough!! Because we bought our tickets online in advance we were able to get into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter an hour earlier than the normal start time, which (trust me) makes a WORLD of difference!
Another bit of advice, get to the castle ASAP!! Because if you don’t get on the castle ride first thing you may have to stand in line for over TWO HOURS! Because we hurried to the castle we were in line for about fifteen to twenty minutes to get inside. The line does continue inside the castle but that to me seemed like part of the ride because the inside of the castle is utterly amazing!!! It was so cool to see things that I had seen in the movies and fell in love with while reading the books!
House points, Slytherin is catching up!
I got to see the Mirror of Erised.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live.”
Random statue, too bad it didn’t move. 😉
Oh don’t mind me, I’m just going up to Dumbledore’s office!
Hall of Moving Pictures, the one in the lower left is Salazaar Slytherin. 😀
Look at the picture on the lower right. That is Helga Hufflepuff. Sorry I didn’t get Godric Gryffindor and Rowen Ravenclaw, they were there too.
Dumbledore’s office, sorry for the poor quality picture! Their wasn’t a lot of time. 🙁
I saw the Sorting Hat. It moves and talks!
At the start of the castle ride their is lockers to put your things, the first two hours is free and after that you have to pay. After walking through the castle you sit in a cupboard that Hermione has bewitched to fly. This part is the more “traditional” type of ride, you know where they strap you in type thing. The workers give you a pair of 3-D glasses that look like something that Luna Lovegood would wear. That was a nice touch. The ride takes you around the castle and over the Quidditch pitch. During the ride their are 3-D screens interspaced with bits of the castle, for example the Chamber of Secrets. I tried to grab the Snitch when it darted out in front of me. 🙂
The first time we were on the ride it broke down and we were laying horizontal in our “cupboard” with Dementors above us. Not a prime spot to stop if you ask me. 😉 When the ride started up again the screen in front of us was blank. Because that screen wasn’t working and we still had time left on our locker rental we went on the ride again!! This time the line was even shorter! So we went on the castle ride twice in about an hour! It was phenomenal! Once you get off the ride you can go shopping in Filch’s Emporium. I got some Harry Potter playing cards that have cool quotes on them!
I have won the Tri-Wizard Cup!!
My sister being a goof. I love her!
After going on the castle ride we hoped on the Hippogriff ride, which passes by Hagrid’s hut. This one was a super short ride and still fun but not as great as the castle ride. It was so hot standing in line!! I love that Universal has misters and fans that can help to keep you cool while you wait though!
Hey, what’s up Buckbeak?
After going on the rides we went and checked out Hogsmeade, and I loved every second of it!!
Ollivander’s Wand Shop
Ollivander’s. Seriously a dream come true!!
Welcome to Honeydukes!
So many delicious sweets!!
Zonko’s Joke Shop
The Three Broomsticks
Another bit of advice, don’t get your Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice from the vendors in the carts. Stop in to the Three Broomsticks and get it there along with a delicious meal!
Service at The Three Broomsticks was so excellent and the food was delightful!! I loved it!!
The conductor was so in character!! He was fantastic!
Another piece of advice I will give about Harry Potter World is to have them deliver your purchases to the front of the park so that you don’t have to have your chocolate frog melting into a gooey mess! It’s completely free and if you are super lucky you will have a worker explain to you that “the owls will deliver your purchase to the front of the park, and that they even will work on the muggle side”.
Treats I bought
You can’t go to Harry Potter World and not get some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans! The earthworm one is especially….. interesting. $10.95
Hello, Godric Gryffindor!
To give you an idea of how big the frogs are that is my sisters iPhone 5!
I would HIGHLY recommend these!
It had Pop Rock type things inside that lasted forever!!
Hopefully one day soon we’ll get to go to the park in Florida! They have Diagon Alley there!
I’m sure I’ll be back soon because I was in nerd heaven!!! I loved it!!!