The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a highlight for Harry Potter fans visiting either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios in Hollywood theme parks.
One fantastic thing about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the ability to buy a replica wand used by some of the most beloved characters from the franchise.
You can buy either an interactive, collectable or toy replica wand from Universal Studios. Interactive wands cost $59 plus tax, collectable wands cost $75 plus tax and toy replica wands cost $55 plus tax.
In our opinion, the best wand to purchase at Universal Studios is the interactive wand since you can use it to cast spells around the park while also using it as a display piece once you get home.
However, buying a wand inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is incredibly important business, especially for big fans of the franchise, as such there are some additional things you should know before you go!
Table of Contents
- How Much Do Harry Potter Wands Cost At Universal Studios?
- Where Can You Buy Harry Potter Wands At Universal Studios?
- Best Wand To Get At Universal Studios?
- What Can You Do With A Wand At Universal Studios?
- How Long Do Harry Potter Interactive Wands Last?
- Are The Wands At Universal Studios Worth It?
- Can You Bring Your Own Wand To Universal Studios?
- Can You Take Harry Potter Wands On A Plane?
How Much Do Harry Potter Wands Cost At Universal Studios?
The price you’ll pay for a wand at Universal Studios depends on the type of wand you’re looking to purchase.
Replica toy wands are the cheapest wands that can be purchased at Universal Studios and cost $55 plus tax.
However, we recommend spending the additional $4 and purchasing an interactive wand for $59 plus tax.
Interactive wands are the most popular wands sold at Universal Studios and come in 26 different styles that mirror the wand design of a beloved (or not so loved) character from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise including;
- Harry Potter
- Hermione Granger
- Ron Weasley
- Ginny Weasley
- Albus Dumbledore
- Sirus Black
- Professor Snape
- Draco Malfoy
- Professor McGonagall
- Narcissa Malfoy
- Fleur Delacour
- Death Eater (Swirl)
- Yusuf Kama
- Seraphina Picquery
- Leta Lestrange
- Newt Scamander
- Theseus Scamander
- Queenie Goldstein
- Nicolas Flamel
- Xeno Lovegood
- Peter Pettigrew
- Death Eater (Traditional)
- Bellatrix Lestrange
If you or someone you’re travelling with is a big fan of Harry Potter then you may also want to consider purchasing a collectable wand for $75 plus tax.
These wands are made of higher-grade materials but are not interactive and as such can not be used to cast spells inside the parks.
At the time of writing (September 2022), the base cost to purchase any of the wands at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood is the same. However, the tax in Hollywood is higher which pushes up the overall cost of the wand.
Where Can You Buy Harry Potter Wands At Universal Studios?
You can purchase all three of the different wand types in multiple places across the Universal Studios Resort in both Orlando and Hollywood.
Universal Studios Hollywood
At Universal Studios Hollywood you can purchase any of the different types of wands in the following locations;
- Universal Studios Store – CityWalk
- Universal Studios Store – Park Entrance
- Ollivanders – Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Wand Carts – Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Studios Orlando
At Universal Studios Resort in Orlando you can purchase any of the different types of wands in the following locations;
- Universal Studios Store – Any on-site resort hotel
- Universal Studios Store – CityWalk
- Universal Studios Store – Universal Studios Florida
- Universal Studios Store – Islands of Adventure
- Ollivanders – Hogsmeade, Islands of Adventure
- Wand Carts – Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Florida & Hogsmeade, Islands of Adventure
In our opinion, the best place to purchase a Harry Potter wand is inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter since this area of the park has the largest availability when it comes to not just the different types of wands but also the different styles.
However, if you’re a big fan of Harry Potter, then you’re no doubt going to want to go to Ollivander’s wand shop to let the wand pick the wizard.
How Do You Get Picked At Ollivanders?
Ollivander’s wand shop is a five-minute wand ceremony that sees a single person be selected from a crowd of roughly 20 to be chosen to have the wand choose them as shown in the first Harry Potter film.
This is one of the best experiences inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and as such, the queue for Ollivander’s is often around 20 minutes long.
Being selected to have the wand choose you as part of the performance at Ollivander’s does not mean that you’ll get a free wand. Instead, Ollivander only recommends which wand is best suited for you the wizard.
That being said, many people still want to be selected for the experience and in that case, there are a number of ways in which you can increase your chances.
Arrive Early – If you have early park entry then you’ll have access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the general public. While most people head straight to the rides you could head straight to Ollivanders and be likely one of the only people inside the show.
Dress In Harry Potter Gear – Ollivander knows what it means to big Harry Potter fans to be selected as such if you’re dressed in Harry Potter merchandise there is an increased chance you may be selected.
Sadly, more often than not children are chosen over adults. As such if you’re an adult and looking to be part of this fun experience then I highly recommend getting to Ollivander’s first thing wherever possible to increase your chances of being the only person inside the performance.
Best Wand To Get At Universal Studios?
In our opinion, the best wand to get at Universal Studios is the interactive wand since you’re able to use this to cast spells inside the park and still have it as a souvenir to take home afterwards.
When it comes to the design of the wand, that’s really a personal preference based on your favourite character from the franchise or your favourite wand design on the day.
What Can You Do With A Wand At Universal Studios?
Sadly, toy and collectable wands are non-interactive wands and therefore are not designed to be used inside the Universal Studios parks. Instead, these wands are great as props for photos or as souvenirs to take home.
This is why we prefer the interactive wands since they can be used for the unique experience of casting spells inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure) at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
These wands can then also be used as display pieces or souvenirs when you’re home.
Interactive wands use an IR tip that interacts with displays across the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The locations of each of the displays are marked on a map which is provided for free inside each Harry Potter wand box upon purchasing.
If you purchased your wand at Universal Studios Orlando then your map will be two-sided; one for Universal Studios Florida and another for Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
If you purchased your wand at Universal Studios Hollywood then your map will be single-sided and only show the locations for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Once you’ve arrived at the spell location you’ll notice a marker on the floor. This marker represents the same symbol shown on the map and is the way in which you should move your wand in order to cast the magical spells.
There may be a small wait around some of the markers across the parks (which you’ll often find in front of shop windows) so you’ll often have a chance to see other wizards perform the spell prior to you or have another guest on hand to help any young wizard cast a spell of their very own.
Each of the sixteen displays across Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Orlando reacts differently to the spell which can make this a super fun experience over single or multiple days at the resort.
How Long Do Harry Potter Interactive Wands Last?
Given the IR technology used in the interactive Harry Potter wands no batteries are required.
It’s, therefore, no surprise that these wands are designed to last for upwards of five years provided they are well looked after.
If however, you find that your wand is no longer working as expected then you should take it to Ollivander’s where either Ollivander himself or a team member will be able to help you (even if you’ve owned it for multiple years).
Are The Wands At Universal Studios Worth It?
Despite the recent price increases of the wands at Universal Studios (interactive wands from $55 to $59 and collectable wands from $70 to $79) we still believe that interactive wands are one of the best souvenirs you can purchase when visiting the parks.
That being said, if you or your child isn’t interested in Harry Potter then purchasing a wand may not be the right decision for you and instead, your money may be better spent on other items within the park.
Can You Bring Your Own Wand To Universal Studios?
Provided that your wand meets the health and safety requirements outlined by Universal Studios then you are permitted to bring one you made at home with you into the parks.
This can be a great way to save money on souvenirs and particularly fun for younger kids to do in the run-up to their trip to the Universal Studios resort.
Can You Take Harry Potter Wands On A Plane?
We have purchased multiple wands from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter both in Hollywood, Los Angeles and Orlando, Florida.
During our flights home back to the UK, we have never been questioned both with the wands inside our hand luggage or our hold luggage.
That being said, it’s always best to check with the airline you’re travelling with if you’re unsure prior to your purchase and travel.