For those of you who don’t know, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Huge. I have read all the books, watched all the movies, and when I heard about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios I re-routed our whole USA trip to make sure there was a stop in Orlando. And boy was it worth it.

Created at the bottom of Universal Studios is the ultimate Harry Potter experience. A complete perfect replica of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Island of Adventure, with the Hogwarts Express taking you between the two worlds! I don’t know how to express strongly enough how much you need to go here! It was amazing. Like you were actually in the movie and you might run into Harry, Ron or Hermione shopping for robes and wands at any time!

I think it’s safe to say from the hundreds of photos below that we had a good time! It was my favourite ‘world’ of any theme park I have ever visited worldwide, and we just loved every minute of it. I think it’s a good idea to visit this part of Universal Studios both during the day and a night to get the complete feel of wizard life. I mean, did you ever imagine you would be walking down Knockturn Alley in the dark and hoping not to run into anyone shady? It was fantastic! Visiting early in the morning meant there were less crowds wandering around the streets and a very small line for the Hogwarts Express, and visiting at night meant we got to watch the Gringott’s dragon breathing fire against the sun setting.

There are so many different places to visit around the two worlds, including restaurants to eat, shops to by your wands, textbooks and robes, and several different theme park rides. If you’re planning to come for the rides definitely get here as early as you can – as soon as the park opens if you can, to avoid the lines. Some rides lines can exceed waiting times of two hours! If there’s anything you’ve ever wanted from the movies, you can buy it here.  A Griffindor scarf, your own Buckbeak, a golden snitch, your very own Marauders Map – if there’s Harry Potter merchandise you’re looking for you can definitely find it here! Check back tomorrow to see my post about the top 10 Harry Potter experiences!

Park to Park admission for Universal Studios and Universal’s Island of Adventure is $147 for an adult ticket. If you’re planning to visit both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, as well as ride the Hogwarts Express you must purchase a two park pass.

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started Explore Shaw to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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