Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Hogsmeade Village Harry Potter fans rejoice! I have finally made it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on my travels!

For as long as I have known of its’ existence, I have wanted to step inside the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando. While it is now my third visit to the USA, it has unfortunately taken me this long (22 years of living) to visit Orlando and finally have my day inside Diagon Alley and Hogsmead Village – but you know what they say, third time’s a charm!

Luckily for me, the Hogsmeade Village recently expanded and I was able to visit at a very exciting time as the park is now offering more to visitors than it ever has before. So here’s a rundown of my day living out my dreams of being accepted to Hogwarts, shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley, enjoying a butterbeer, shopping for sweets in Honeydukes and wandering through Hogsmeade Village on a rainy day. All in all it was THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE and it should go without saying that I am a complete and utter child who refuses to grow up, nor has any shame in admitting this be the case.

My Visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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First things first! Shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley

When you make your way to Universal Studios Orlando you will soon learn there are two ticketing options: either to visit one park or both parks. Each park has a unique Harry Potter experience – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida & Hogsmeade Village in Island’s of Adventure. To avoid disappointment, you’re best to opt for the two parks pass and visit both. This can easily be done in a day – but expect wait times for rides of around 1-2 hours, unless you spend an extra $100 for an express pass.

Catch the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade Village

Once you’ve finished marvelling over your dreams coming true in Diagon Alley, it’s time to make your way over to Hogsmeade Village in ‘the other’ park at Universal. There is of course only one way to do this —- to catch the Hogwarts Express! Okay I lied, there is another way…. but if you’re reading this you’re likely not to be a muggle who would walk between the parks so I’ll leave it at that.

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Have a Butter Beer in Hogsmeade Village

I know what you’re thinking — “What did it taste like!?” is the question everyone wants to know whenever I mention my first butter beer. Well you have two options – there is the regular butter beer (carbonated soda water) or the frozen butter beer (much yummier frozen drink). I would definitely suggest you opt for the frozen! It is a very sweet drink packed with oodles of sugar, but it was totally irresistible. I finished mine in minutes – and one brain freeze later!

Go to Ollivander’s and buy a wand

This is of course the most celebrated ‘experience’ in the world of Harry Potter. Unfortunately the fact of the matter is that you will have to wait hours to enter the shop, and only 1 out of 20 people will actually have their wand chosen for them – the other 19 will be mere spectators in the event. So be sure to keep this in mind before deciding to jump in the line and wait!

Hogsmeade Village Eat in the Leaky Cauldron OR the Three Broomsticks

There are two dining options – one in each park. Whichever you choose, they’re both a great experience and completely decked out once you are inside. The prices are typical of a themepark and the food resembles British pub food – a nice break from American fastfood is ever there were one!

Exchange your muggle money at Gringotts Bank

Take the true transition into the world of magic and exchange your muggle money for some REAL bank notes from Gringotts.

Last but not least… the rides!

First is the kiddie roller coaster, the flight of the Hippogriff – once on board you will pass a remake of Hagrid’s Hut. Next up is Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey – a true highlight of the experience which afterwards takes you to Filch’s Emporium where the best souveniers are found – including a DOBBY which I already regret not purchasing – super super sad face.

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Entry into the two parks for one day is $136 which is quite steep, but you can’t put a price on happiness, right!?

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    I went to Hogwarts myself! Oh goodness was it the most amazing experience of my life! Not going to even lie to you, I cried when I rounded the corner and ended up in Hogsmeade. Definitely one of the most incredible experiences of my life! Next up for me is going to London to check out a ton of other HP sights! I definitely cannot wait. Thanks for the share!

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    June 29, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I am going there next year! I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan and you just made me want to go EVEN MORE! I thought that was impossible!

    May 5, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Ive just come across this post and nearly cried looking at all your pictures! My little HP fangirl heart just broke down! I’ve decided is now my goal to save up asap and get my bum across the ocean and to visit Orlando, i just need to experience all this for myself! It makes me so sad that i haven’t been yet! OH and by the way, I am totally in love with your blog!xx

    January 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    So jealous! I would love to go there. I have been lucky enough to visit the sets though a few times. As for butterbeer (the carbonated one), I loved the froth! So sugary and yummy.

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    October 6, 2014 at 12:58 am

    *drools* Just finished reading the 3rd book…this is so tempting, man.

    October 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    So cool! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan too, and am planning on hitting up both parks in January – I cannot wait!! Thanks for the tips. Have you done a post of your HP souvenirs or memorabilia before?

    August 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Well I haven’t seen any of the Harry Potters, although I’ve always told myself I will watch them all one weekend in the future, but this place is to die for! It’s just amazinggggg and so beautiful! and you friend, look beautiful and adorable as always! <3


    August 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Hey Brooke,

    I love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I got to visit it once when it had just opened and it was crazy packed. We had to wait 3 hours just to even be let into the area of the park. And I loved the butter beer as well, although I’d always opt for the non-frozen one!
    I’m happy to see you had fun.

    Greetings from LA

    August 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Ahh! I’m so jealous! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and would have loved to visit Harry Potter World when I was in America. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to squeeze it in but definitely next time! Can’t wait to taste that butter beer ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    Amber Rhodes
    August 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Ok, so now I want to go there!! It looks like so much fun!

    August 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I cannot wait to visit here one day! As you said, it will probably be the best day of my life! Haha we are all big kids really ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    August 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    It looks even better than I had imagined – I have just come back from Florida and we did Disney and Seaworld, but next time I think Universal for Harry Potter has to be on the top of the list. Glad you had a good time!

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    August 8, 2014 at 2:40 am

    I just found another thing to put on my bucketlist…. HOW DID I LEAVE IT OFF IN THE FIRST PLACE?! Thank you for a mini-flashback to my childhood.

    Yuliya xx

    August 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    OMG !!! Iโ€™m so jealous ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to go there, it looks just absolutely awesome!

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    August 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I LOVE this post!! I’ve been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in the UK which was super awesome but I think this will just take it to a whole new level. I’ll definitely make the trip one day. Don’t think I’ve seen you this delighted in any of your pics! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Kenneth Surat
    August 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Butter beer is the BEST!!!

    Tink Jayne
    August 6, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I love that you call it The Best Day Of Your Life! GOOD FOR YOU!
    I was probably just as hysterical when I visited the Harry Potter studios last year – truly magical.
    But I’d love to visit Orlando studios, it would be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚
    So jealous, all the pictures look incredible
    x tink x

    August 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Oh my goood I want to go there so much โ™ฅ It ‘s a must-see for all Harry Potter fans ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Seriously, I’m 27 yet I have to go there!!! Stat! Looks like so much fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    August 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I am so jealous! I was almost dying from being at Hamley’s in London and only watching all those Harry Potter “properties”. I can’t imagine being at the park! I want to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Not being much of a HP fan my favourite thing about this post is your outfit! Where are those shorts from??! x

    August 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Love the floppy hat! Where’s it from??? X

    August 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I am dying to visit here! It looks incredible!

    August 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Aaaah so mazing! This is at the TOP of my travel list, I am such a Harry Potter fan, visiting would be a dream come true!!

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    August 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Such a amazing place for visit. thanks for posting nice views.

    August 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Aw glad you had fun! I’ve been to the one in London. Do you know if it’s very different from that one? It looks slightly bigger maybe.. xx

    Betty J. Ogburn
    August 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    …Way to never grow up, Brooke–and remember: “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus (Never tickle a sleeping dragon)”, :-)…

    Amanda Beth
    August 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I am beyond jealous I have dreamed of going to the Harry Potter theme park and I have yet to make it. You totally reminded me of what I am missing out on. Sounds and looks like you had an amazing time. Enjoy the states and trust me when I say not all fast food is created equal.

    August 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Please share where the awesome bag you are carrying is from!

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    August 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

    So awesome! And I’m so jealous! I’m pretty against going to Disney theme parks, but I can’t resist wanting to go to Harry Potter World. I will be so ridiculously giddy when I finally get to go. Looks like you had an amazing time ๐Ÿ™‚

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    August 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Oh my god. I just added this to my bucket list. Magic!

    August 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

    omg literally my dream!! i love harry potter. i can’t wait until i can get there myself.


    August 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

    It seems like you’ve been flying around the world on your broom waaaay before you finally reached hogwarts! :)I’m pretty sure they just forgot your letter and you found out by yourself and decided to leave your muggle life behind ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I wish they’d make the entry a little less pricey… So that all kinds of Harry Potter fans can visit this amazing location ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I’m going next year and this post has made me so excited to go!

    August 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This makes me, so, so happy. I went when there was just the one section and now I have to convince hubby to take me back! Such a magical adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

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    August 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ahh! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so jealous! I’m a HUGE HP fan (or should I say Potterhead) so I’d love to go visit the park asap! I hope I get to go there soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ I live in Sweden though so it will take some planning & money saving.