The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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The area
Neighborhood: Universal City Area
How to get there
  • Universal City/Studio City • 10 min walk
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  • Lisa M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really feels like you are living in Hogwarts !
    This is immensely realistic and amazing. It honestly feels like you are in the books and movies. The attention to details is just perfect, from the crashed car in the second movie to the sorting hat, dumbledor’s office and so on. The wait to the attraction is an entire experience. Then, the attraction itself : it’s my personal favorite. Universal is not about rollercoasters and sensational drops and all, but Harry Potter gives you a bit of sensations, while perfectly reproducing the HP world. Make sure you go there early in the morning so there’s not a lot of waiting, it’s 100% worth it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • FamilyTraveller
    609 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    This a great area of Universal even if you’re not superfans. The Forbidden Journey ride is great, but the flight of the hippogriff ride is very short and slightly disappointing. The set is great, and realistic. Only visit Ollivanders if you’re happy to pay $65 for a wand, because your children will definitely want one after the experience, especially if they’re the “chosen one”! The interactive wands are great. Butterbeer is around $9.50. The foam topping is very sweet and you can probably share one between 2 of you.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Claire L
    Tucson, Arizona3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not Enough Time
    We opted for the VIP Experience, thinking it was solely for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, we saw everything but Harry Potter until we left the group and explored on our own. Harry Potter World was great but we didn't get to see much of it because, by the time we finally found it and began to explore it, it was late afternoon and I was getting tired. I would go back again but not get the VIP Experience again. That was disappointing!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
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HypnoWarrior
Porirua, New Zealand1,114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We've been to the both this one before and the one in Orlando. It's very unimpressive compared to the 2 parks in Orlando, so if you have the opportunity of doing California or Florida, pick Florida definitely. It's good to know the magic wands work in both places. We bought ours in Orlando and used them here.

The place was really busy when we went and we struggled to get a spot to watch the light show in the evening. Make sure you are standing close to the stage area to get the best viewing spot.

The price of butter beer is exorbitant ($8 USD a cup), but still probably the best thing about the place.
Written January 4, 2020
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Declan H
London, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Every time I visit Universal Hollywood, I always make sure that I stop off at Hogsmeade. The layout of this place makes navigating around really easy and it never feels as crowded as it actually is.

First thing to do is try the butter beer, granted it's expensive for what it is but it's one of those things that you have to try since you're there! (I mean what's an extra $20 for a butter beer after you've spent more than enough on a ticket for universal hey)
If you're happy to walk around with it for a while then get the frozen version as it lasts a lot longer but does take what feels like an age to melt. The alcoholic version literally has a shot of fireball whiskey in it and is not worth the extra $10-$15 or whatever I paid for it.

I've visited this place 3 times (all around October/November) and I've never had to question for any of the rides. Flight of the hippogriff is primarily for children but it's still enjoyable as an adult for the 60ish seconds the main attraction if inside Hogwarts! Quite simply, Harry Potter and the forbidden journey is incredible and I make sure to experience this every time I visit!
Written February 2, 2020
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Livia Chauar
Milan, Italy150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The park area is pretty nice, clearly most of the budget was invested on this area, and the immersive experience really gives your the feeling that you are in Hogsmeade.

There are three attractions here, and I personally thing they were pretty average. My favorite one was the thrill ride in Hogwarts, and entering the castle itself and the line experience were all incredible. If you'd need to chose one attraction, this should be it.

Flight of the hippogriff is a small coaster perfect for small children and people that don't really like roller coasters. However, due to its short duration, you really shouldn't go there if the line is over 20min long.

Ollivanders is fun if there is a child on your group!
Written June 2, 2022
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Tofurry
Renton, WA1,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We have been to Universal Studios in FL, so the Harry Potter world wasn't new to us. It seems like an almost exact copy of what is in FL but it is still fun to be walking through Hogsmeade and the shops. You do feel like you are part of the Harry Potter books.

The 2 rides couldn't be more different. One is a small roller coaster that is really not worth riding on. They really should do more with it. The other ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, can be pretty scary as you come really close to animatronic giant spiders and dementors. The ride mechanic is very cool and really not something you find in Disneyland.

The stores in Harry Potter World are exactly what you would expect. The wand shop has walls stacked with wand boxes from floor to ceiling. You can buy house cloaks or Quidditch team uniforms in another store. And of course there is Honeydukes, where you can get candy that is described in the books.
Written October 5, 2021
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art-scuba
Los Altos, CA548 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Kids who read Harry Potter will love this place as they can see the wizard village come alive. They have the wand shop, and two rides. The wizarding world ride with quidditch games on screen is amazing. The wait times range from 50 mins to 90 mins for this ride. It is also lit dimly and folks may require extra light especially seniors who are trying to walk the path. Keep checking the app as the wait time reduces.
Written July 4, 2021
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Ashley D
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Castle ride was great. Super busy. Free locker usage for 90 mins, no bags allowed on the ride, you must lock up for stuff. The other rollercoaster is super quick ride, like 1 min worth. Lots of little shops, super pricey. 119. For a robe. The singing toads show was really good.
Written January 28, 2020
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June Bug
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I went as a Harry Potter fan along with my friends who aren't, and we ALL enjoyed the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. The shops were fun and super detail oriented, and the ride at Hogwarts was so much fun! The Hippogriff ride was a bit boring though and can be skipped. You absolutely have to trip their Butter Beer if you go.
Written January 26, 2020
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txtrvlrs
Sherman, TX325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went to Universal for Hogsmeade and absolutely enjoyed ourselves.

We ate at the Three Broomsticks and loved it!! Huge portions.

Was crazy excited to try the Butterbeer, but were a little disappointed. It was crazy, super sweet. The head on it was amazing, but the liquid left a little to be desired. We didn't try the frozen one, but probably should have.

You have to go the bathroom in Hogsmeade. They are very, very clean and nice and Moaning Myrtle can be heard in the bathrooms.

The Forbidden Journey ride has small chairs, so if you are bigger, you may not get to ride. But if you don't, ask if you can go in and walk through the castle and they will give you a walk through pass!!

The attention to detail in this area was out of this world amazing!! I was completely amazed by it all.

This is a truly magical place....and we also swore they pumped cold air into the area because it was colder in this area than any other area of the park!!
Written March 10, 2020
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FamilyTraveller
Peterborough609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This a great area of Universal even if you’re not superfans.

The Forbidden Journey ride is great, but the flight of the hippogriff ride is very short and slightly disappointing.

The set is great, and realistic. Only visit Ollivanders if you’re happy to pay $65 for a wand, because your children will definitely want one after the experience, especially if they’re the “chosen one”! The interactive wands are great.

Butterbeer is around $9.50. The foam topping is very sweet and you can probably share one between 2 of you.
Written August 16, 2023
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GlenFC
Gold Coast, Australia290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This place is absolutely incredible. We have visited a number of times and it never loses its magic. Even though who know little about the Harry Potter films or books will still find this to be a wonderful experience. There is a great mix of speciality stores, rides and places to eat. The entire place is themed and well maintained. Very hard to find any faults. Must do attraction.
Written February 15, 2020
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