This is prolly the last installment (or not!) of my Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience series. I can’t believe I was finally able to tick this off my bucket list—visit every WWoHP park in world! My HP heart can’t contain its happiness! As usual, let me walk you through the inside of the park ?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
The entrance of the park welcomes you to Hogsmeade. First thing you’ll see on the right side is the Hogwarts Express. Unlike the renovated version of Orlando which is an actual operating train, this one is just static and is one of the most famous spots here for photo ops.
On the left side are recognizable shops such as Zonko’s Joke Shop and Honeydukes, where you can buy your chocolate frogs and fudge flies. Yum!
Walking along Hogsmeade really felt like living my wizarding dream! There are wanted posters of Sirius Black scattered around the park, and oh, do check out the comfort rooms if you’re keen on meeting Moaning Myrtle! We all know she likes lurking inside washrooms. Haha.
So glad we were able to get express passes! We didn’t have to spend so much time queueing up for attractions.
There’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Still the best ride ever! The line itself was an attraction—like a mini tour inside Hogwarts. And because we passed through the express pass lane, we had the liberty to take as much time as we want to shoot photos inside. The ride was a simulation of riding a broomstick while you try to fight off dragons and dementors alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
There’s also Flight of the Hippogriff, a mini roller-coaster ride. Along the line, you’ll also see a replica of Hagrid’s house.
And of course, I wouldn’t miss the interactive experience at Ollivanders Wand Shop in the hopes of getting picked this time. Unfortunately, I still wasn’t huhu. The girl who was picked got to choose her wand personally by Ollivander himself. What a lucky girl this girl!
After three visits, I finally got myself a wand. And did I mention it actually works? Oh yes, it does! Every wand comes with a map that shows spots inside the park where you can practice spells and make random things come alive. How cool is that?
We had our English meal at Three Broomsticks for lunch. The restaurant was packed with other fellow witches and wizards!
Of course, any visit won’t be complete without a sip of butterbeer. Or in our case, 5 cups of butterbeer. These witches really went out of hand! TIP: During holidays, they also sell butterbeer in hot cups.
And here’s my most favorite part. Holidays at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are extra special. Roofs at Hogsmeade are capped with snow flakes during night time. The park also features an awesome castle show that runs every 10 minutes or so. It was so good we just had to watch it twice. My heart almost exploded with overwhelming happiness!
To end the day, I passed by one of the gift shops one last time to get another souvenir. I bought this huge and fluffy Gryffindor pillow as an addition to my Harry Potter collection!
There you have it!
I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of visiting WWoHP no matter how many times I visit. I just can’t wait to be back again soon!
P.S. If I ever go back, I’ll probably write about it again. I hope you guys never get tired of hearing about my Harry Potter addiction. Haha!