I solemnly swear I am up to no good…

If you didn’t get the title then you probably will have no idea what this post is going to be about.

BUT if you did, WELCOME HARRY POTTER FANS!!!

 

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In front of Hogwarts

As a muggle (yes this entire blog is going to be just like this) I had the awesome, happiest experience of  Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, and Diagon Alley at Orlando Universal Studios in Florida.  OVERALL IT WAS AMAAAAZZZEEEEBALLS!!! I am going to try not to ruin anything for all of the Harry Potter fans out there. But as you can see the title of this blog…

 

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Vanishing Cabinet

Orlando Universal Studios did a great job with Harry Potter. The only two criticism: 1. I wish they would just make an entire theme park just Harry Potter. 2. That person working at the wand kiosk that told me the wands were made out of resin. WTF? Excuse me you are in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Wands are not made out of resin. What type of Muggle shit is this?

Wizarding World of Harry Potter is separated in two parks: Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Flordia. Hogwarts and Hogsmeade can be found at the Islands of Adventure Theme Park; Diagon Alley can be found at Universal Studios Flordia.

The two lands are connected by…. the Hogwarts Express!!

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Let’s start with the Muggle world.

 

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Kings Crossing at Universal Studios

 

 

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Knight bus
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Diagon Alley 

At Diagon Alley, a wizard or a witch can pick up a wand at Ollivander’s Wand Shop. There are two types of wands: interactive or noninteractive. The interactive wand allows the wizard or witch to perform spells in designated areas found in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade! The noninteractive wand is well it is a wand.  I got an interactive Hermione Granger’s wand which is  10¾” long, made of vine wood with a dragon heartstring core (not resin). Oh criticism #3, there should be someone like Ollivander that can assist a new wizard or witch with choosing a wand.

 

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Casting spells with my interactive wand, while children are waiting in line. 

Other things you can find at Diagon Alley, Borgin and Burke’s, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes Store, Gringott’s Bank (this is the only ride found at Diagon Alley) and a Gringotts Money Exchange store where muggle money can be exchanged for Wizard currency.

 

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Gringotts Bank, Hang out there for a bit… 

 

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Ask the goblin anything at the Money exchange. 

 

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Wands on wands on wands at Ollivander’s Wand shop

After you have picked all the things you need for the school year, The Hogwarts Express can be found at Kings Crossing’s Platform 9 3/4  (Orlando Universal Studios). The train takes you into Hogwarts and Hogsmeade (Island of Adventure) when the student as a 2 park base ticket only.

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Welcome to Hogsmeade! Here students will find the Three Broomsticks and three rides around the grounds. My favorite ride is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

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Entrance of Hogsmeade

 

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Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks

If you are a Harry Potter fan like I am. Go on every ride and wait in the regular lines. The queue for these rides is worth waiting for.

 

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Hogsmeade

 

I really can go on and on about this but really experience yourself.

OH if anyone from Universal Studios is reading this…. a few requests: 1. Forbidden Forest 2. Incorporate Fantastic Beast into this (there is a New York set up already) 3. More rides.

Gotta end this blog with a quote from the Great…

Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore

 

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