Unveiling the Magic: A Travel Agent’s Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

By Patty Klausmeyer-Wilson

Got a Harry Potter fan in the family? Make their dream trip a reality with a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is divided into two main areas: Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Diagon Alley

Start your adventure in Diagon Alley, just like Harry. Hidden in plain sight in London, this area offers thrilling rides like “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.” Pick up a wand at Ollivanders Wand Shop and try out the interactive wand activities. Swap your muggle money for Gringotts bank notes at the Gringotts Money Exchange. Check out Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and Borgin and Burkes, and don’t miss the owlery. Wrap up your visit with Butterbeer ice cream from Florean Fescue’s Ice Cream Parlour after a meal at the Leaky Cauldron.

Hogwarts Express

To travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, hop aboard the iconic Hogwarts Express from platform 9¾. This isn’t just any train ride – it’s an immersive experience that takes you through the British countryside and even includes appearances from familiar characters. Remember, you’ll need tickets for both parks to ride the Hogwarts Express.


In Hogsmeade, experience “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.” This exhilarating ride takes you on a thrilling journey through the Forbidden Forest, where you’ll encounter magical creatures and creatures from the Harry Potter series. Riders have the option to choose between riding Hagrid’s motorbike or sitting in the sidecar, each offering a unique perspective and experience of the adventure. If you’re staying at a Universal Resort, take advantage of early admission – this ride is popular! Visit Honeydukes for wizard sweets and grab a meal at the Three Broomsticks. Don’t forget to try Butterbeer or Pumpkin Juice from Hog’s Head or the nearby cart. Explore the shops before heading to Hogwarts Castle.

Hogwarts Castle

End your day by exploring Hogwarts Castle. Inside the castle, you’ll find “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” a thrilling ride that takes you on a journey through the castle’s classrooms, corridors, and grounds. The castle itself is a masterpiece of design and detail, offering breathtaking views of the park and a chance to encounter some of your favorite characters and magical creatures. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the magic of the castle’s interior and the enchanting ride it houses.

Embark on a spellbinding adventure and immerse yourself in the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

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