The Best Things to do at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida

For fans of J. K. Rowling’s magical series, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the best theme parks in the world—and you can only get the full experience in Orlando, Florida. The park features incredible rides, delicious food, and authentic experiences that will transport you into the wizarding world. Learn all about the best things to do at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Ride the Hogwarts Express

Your journey to the Wizarding World should definitely include a ride on the Hogwarts Express. A two-park pass will allow you to travel on the iconic train between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. The ride also features a fully immersive experience that makes it one of the best things to do at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Go on the Rides

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has four main attractions: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Escape from Gringotts, Flight of the Hippogriff, and the brand-new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Forbidden Journey lets you ride a broomstick alongside Harry Potter across the Hogwarts grounds in a thrilling adventure. Escape from Gringotts puts you inside the wizard bank to steal one of Voldemort’s horcruxes. Flight of the Hippogriff is a gentler roller coaster that swoops over Hagrid’s hut and a magical pumpkin patch, while Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is an outdoor roller coaster that takes you through the Forbidden Forest.

Visit Ollivanders Wand Shop

Another experience you won’t want to miss out on is Ollivanders Wand Shop. The shop is located at Diagon Alley, where you’ll enter with a group and go through the same experience every young wizard goes through: choosing a wand. You can purchase a collectible or interactive wand here.

Eat at the Leaky Cauldron

If you’re looking for a meal, you’ll definitely want to visit the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. The restaurant has lots to choose from, such as fish and chips, ploughman’s lunches, bangers and mash, and more, all served in a magical setting.

Visit Honeydukes

In Hogsmeade, enjoy the sweets of the Wizarding World by stopping at Honeydukes. The candy store houses an assortment of sweets such as Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, and so much more in movie-accurate packaging.

Try Butterbeer

You can’t leave the park without trying the butterbeer. The delicious, cream soda-esque drink is available all over the two parks. You’ll mostly find regular and frozen butterbeer, but there are many other variations, such as ice cream, fudge, and potted cream.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a chain of themed areas at Universal Parks & Resorts based on the Harry Potter movie series and novel series. The theme park has features from the Warner Bros.’ film series and original novels by author J. K. Rowling.

Both the Islands Of Adventure and Universal Studios at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida have Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed environments. Hogwarts Express stations in each theme park allow passengers to board the the full-scale replica of the train that appears in the Harry Potter film series, and travel between the two theme parks.

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