If you have never been to Universal Studios Orlando, you might be wondering what tickets you need to buy, what you can do and see and if you can even visit the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter on its own. You may even be wondering whether the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is even worth visiting.
Visiting The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is worth it, especially if you are a fan of the books and films. However, even if you are not a fan, you can still enjoy the rides, shopping and dining experiences as long as you find worth in the remaining areas of the Universal Studios Orlando parks.
In this article, we will break down everything from the costs of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to what you can see and do, along with if we feel like a trip to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is worth it.
Table of Contents
- What Is Included In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter?
- Is The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Worth It For Families?
- Is The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Worth It For Adults?
- How Much Are Tickets To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter?
- How Much Does The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Cost?
- What Rides Are In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter?
- Is The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Worth It?
What Is Included In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter?
If you are looking at visiting the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter for the first time, you may be wondering what you can see and do and where you can eat.
Firstly, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando is split across two parks; Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Located in Islands of Adventure is the beautiful world of Hogsmeade, where you can find the typical shops, eateries and characters mentioned in the books.
One of the most important things to note about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is that if you wish to ride the Hogwarts Express, you would need a Park to Park ticket. The park to park ticket allows you to travel between the parks and enter both parks on the same day.
Here is a quick breakdown of what you can see, do and experience at Hogsmeade;
- Hog’s Head Refreshments
- Three Broomsticks Bar & Restaurant
- Frog Choir
- Triwizard Spirit Rally
- Dervish and Banges
- Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods
- Owl Post
- Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Ride
- Flight of the Hippogriff
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
- Hogwarts Express: Hogsmeade Station
- Hogwarts Express
Over in Universal Studios, Florida, you can find the Hogwarts Castle and Diagon Alley, replica shops, places to eat, and colourful characters.
Here is a quick breakdown of what you can see, do and experience at Diagon Alley;
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Ride
- Hogwarts Express
- Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station
- Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment
- Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
- Leaky Cauldron
- The Fountain of Fair Fortune
- The Hopping Pot
- Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees Show
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard Show
- Gringotts Money Exchange
- Knight Bus
- Borgin and Burkes
- Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions
- Magical Menagerie
- Quality Quidditch Supplies
- Sugarplum’s Sweetshop
- Wands by Gregorovitch
- Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
- Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment
There are areas where you can cast spells and levitate items within each park with an interactive wand that you can purchase in the parks or buy in advance. There are also plenty of little quirks, fun film, and book references to look out for during your time in the parks.
Is The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Worth It For Families?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is definitely worth visiting for families; this is more beneficial for those with children older than 5 or 6 as they will have a better understanding of the surroundings, be able to enjoy the interactive wand activities and get to see things like the Goblins at the bank.
Children under the age of 5/6 will probably not be bothered unless they are already Harry Potter fans. We would then suggest spending more of your time in areas they can enjoy, such as Dr Seus land and Fievel’s Playground, where the attractions, rides and theming is better suited to younger ages.
If you are visiting with children who are fans of the Harry Potter books and films, you can find plenty within Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley that make the trip worthwhile.
Even if your children aren’t huge fans of the books and films, there is still a lot to appreciate, from the dining options (including Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour and Sugarplum’s Sweetshop) to the rides including Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and Flight of the Hippogriff.
Is The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Worth It For Adults?
We always enjoy a trip to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter due to the diverse shopping experiences, awesome rides and even better food. Being a fan of the Harry Potter books and films will help you see the value in the details of the parks, attractions and merchandise.
We found the best entrance to start your Wizarding World of Harry Potter journey is through Diagon Alley, as you can get a real resemblance of the first film going through the brick wall with Hagrid.
Even if you aren’t fans of Harry Potter, we feel that you can still enjoy walking around the areas, going on the rides, and exploring the shops. With the level of detail included in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, you can be sure to believe you are actually in the film themselves.
I wouldn’t advise, however, to plan a trip to Universal Studios Orlando based on solely visiting The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter if you aren’t fans of the books or films. Instead, only book a trip to Universal Studios Orlando if you feel the whole experience will be worth it.
How Much Are Tickets To The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter?
To visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando, you do not need to buy a separate ticket. If you have a valid ticket for Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or both, you can visit the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.
The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is just a themed area based within the parks. Therefore, it doesn’t have a special ticket entrance or separate entrance. The only time you may be restricted is when looking to catch the Hogwarts Express from one park over to the other, as you will require a Park to Park ticket to do this.
How Much Does The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Cost?
There is so much included in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and not just the rides, so I wanted to break down the extra costs that would occur or at least can occur during a trip. Of course, your most significant expenses will be accommodation, travel (depending on where you are coming from) and of course tickets.
When visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there are other things you may want to do, such as try Butterbeer or even buy an interactive wand. While there are several ways to save money, knowing what other expenses you are likely to incur during your trip can be handy.
Knowing the prices of things such as food, souvenirs and items you may want before you start your trip can be highly useful as you can then create a budget and have a realistic view of what you could be spending.
Food much like anywhere else within the Universal Studios Orlando parks, the prices are inflated compared to the food you can buy outside. However, the food costs within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are very much on par with the rest of the park, so you can still enjoy a plate of Fish & Chips at the Hogs Head.
Within Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, you can expect to find several themed delights from Butterbeer, pumpkin juice and chocolate frogs. You can find Butterbeer in three different variations from hot, frozen and the usual cold, each costing around $7.99 +Tax.
Other sweet treats such as chocolate frogs can set you back $4.50 +Tax per frog, while Pumpkin Juice is much more reasonable (in our opinion), costing only $2.50 +Tax.
Eating at any of the main restaurants such as The Hogs Head or The Leaky Cauldron can set you back anything from $12.99 for a child’s meal to $17.99 for an adult meal. This will vary depending on the meal itself as some cost more than others.
A great way to save money on food during your time in the parks is to share a meal, downgrade an adult meal to a child portion or get an adult portion for two children to share.
Souvenirs & Merchandise
The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter has some fantastic souvenirs, gifts and unique pieces of merchandise, and many of it you cannot find anywhere else (or at least only in a Universal Studios park).
The shopping and merchandise are probably one of the most loved parts of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, especially if you are a dedicated fan and are looking to find something new and unique to add to your collection.
Some of the more popular items to buy are the Harry Potter Wands in several characters and the Robes in which you can buy in all four houses. Wands can cost anything from $46 for a resin wand, a basic model, or $52 for an interactive wand you can use around the park to cast spells, etc.
Another popular purchase within the parks is the house robes; these can be bought in all four houses and unique versions such as Dumbledore and McGonagall. However, the robes are much more expensive and not always seen as worth buying; these range in price, starting at $115 + tax.
What Rides Are In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter?
Universal Studios Florida
Hogwarts Express is one of the more iconic ‘rides’ within the parks and is very special as you can get two different experiences from riding the train. As the train goes from Universal Studios Florida to Islands Of Adventure (or vice versa), you can experience the train twice.
There is no height requirement for the Hogwarts Express, and it is open to everyone of all ages. It is also perfect for those who are restricted on some of the other rides due to heart problems, disabilities or pregnancy.
The second ride within Universal Studios Florida is Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. This ride is popular for many who love the Harry Potter franchise and is an excellent ride to experience. This ride has some restrictions, including bags and loose items stored in a locker or left with a non-rider.
Other restrictions include a height restriction of a minimum of 107cm and must be accompanied by a rider who is over 122cm. The ride is a thrill/motion simulation 3D/4D experience and is perfect for anyone who likes the thrill of a ride without going upside down.
Islands Of Adventure
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Ride is the latest addition to Islands of Adventure and is one of the most popular rides within the park. The ride takes you on a tour of the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid and some unusual but much-recognised characters.
The ride of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Ride has restrictions on loose items and bags; therefore, they are to be left in one of the free lockers or with a non-rider.
There are also height restrictions for this ride at 122cm tall as a minimum requirement. You can also find that child swap is available for families looking to enjoy the ride who have children under the height requirement.
The next ride available at Islands of Adventure is Flight Of The Hippogriff, which take you on a roller coaster ride as if you are flying the Hippogriff. Again, there is a minimum height of 92cm, and any accompanying person to young children should be a minimum height of 122cm.
The ride is child friendly, and so it makes a perfect family ride to go on, especially for those who are younger or that scare easily. The ride is also available for anyone looking to use the Universal Studios Express Pass.
You can also find Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure, which takes you through Hogwarts Castle and all through key scenes and incidents recognisable from the film but with a twist. This ride is thrilling with a 3D/4D simulation experience, much like the Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts ride over in Universal Studios, Florida.
Even if you do not like rides or wish to ride this particular one, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is much more than the ride. We love that the whole waiting experience is an attraction in itself and is one of the only rides that I would recommend waiting within the queue to experience the inside.
You walk into the gate of the impressive stone building of Hogwarts only to walk down the familiar corridors from the film; you can encounter the famous talking paintings, see skits from the characters and even spot some great details within the castle walls.
Of course, the final ‘ride’ though I would personally call it an attraction, is The Hogwarts Express. It is the same train/attraction mentioned above in Universal Studios Florida and takes you from Islands of Adventure back over to Universal Studios Florida.
The Hogwarts Express is extremely family-friendly and is perfect for everyone to enjoy.
Is The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Worth It?
The rides within Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are worth going on, especially if you enjoy rides of all kinds. Though if you have younger children, you may find it less appealing as there is less for them to enjoy in terms of rides.
The downside to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter rides is that they are built for older children and adults and do not cater to the younger audience.
Spending One Day At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
You can easily spend one day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter visiting both parks, going on rides and enjoying the shopping experiences. Personally, if you are heading to Universal Studios Orlando and looking to explore more than just Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, I would allow at least two days – one day per park.
Using one day per park is much more reasonable as you can have longer to explore each park better (including the areas unrelated to Wizarding World of Harry Potter). Alternatively, this can allow you to enjoy the rides and shopping experiences fully and participate in interactive wand activities.
Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both parks within one day may not be feasible depending on the time of year you plan to visit. For example, visiting in the peak seasons such as spring break and summer break, you can often find the parks are bustling, and so you might find your experience within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter rushed.
We always suggest having at least one day per park when visiting Universal Studios Orlando as it gives you plenty of chance to take your time, go on rides and enjoy the experience.