The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Step inside a world where magic is real. Within Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ theme park you can visit the iconic Hogwarts™ castle and explore Hogsmeade™ village. And, at Universal Studios Florida™ theme park, you can enter Diagon Alley™ to enjoy a multi-dimensional thrill ride, magical experiences, and more. Get ready to explore more of Harry Potter’s world than ever before. With a Park-to-Park Ticket, you can board the Hogwarts™ Express* and travel between both Hogsmeade™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Diagon Alley™ in Universal Studios Florida™. *Park-to-Park admission ticket required and additional restrictions apply
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  • Kristian
    Peace River, Canada168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insane detail
    First time to universal Orlando and we did the two park 1 day as a couple. Lines were not as bad as expected on a Monday. Flow was good, scenery was amazing and everything combined was an absolute overload. The rides were spot on. Primarily focused on Harry Potter world.
    Hi Kristian. Thank you for sharing your review. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and that you were impressed with the theming throughout property! Isn't that land just so immersive? I love the details throughout the attraction queues and merchandise locations. I hope you will check out Marvel Superhero Island during your next visit, it is my favorite! Please come see us again soon. - Victoria
    Written June 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • MichelleWhi2015
    Bend, Oregon81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowds Galore
    Crowded for the summer on Sunday and Monday. Lots of teens from Argentina which was great to see. Had to replace 2 wands from 2020. No problem. Long wait for rides-typical. A lot of money for only a few rides. I can see why people pay an additional $135 for express pass.
    Hi Michelle, Thank you for taking the time to share you experience with us. I'm glad to see that, overall, you enjoyed your visit with us. Hopefully you were able to check out the hidden details throughout this area, as they're an integral part of our storytelling! That said, we work to ensure that crowd levels are maintained so that all Guests may have an enjoyable visit, and I apologize if your visit did not always reflect this. Please know your feedback will be documented, and it will be shared with the appropriate teams for their further review. We appreciate you reaching out, and hope to entertain you again in the future! -Samantha
    Written July 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • BostonSC
    Boston, Massachusetts141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is amazing and the attention to detail is magic!!!
    The train ride is good, with "magical" views, Hagrid's is a very smooth roller coaster, as is the Hippogriff. The Forbidden Journey it's inside the castle and truly magic, though a little shaky. The Escape from Gringotts is great. Hogsmead is a great village (at the Universal Island Of Adventure) but Diagon Alley (at Universal Studios)was my favorite place to visit. The stores are great too.
    Hi Sheila, Thanks for taking the time to leave this review! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed so many of the thrilling attractions in my favorite areas of the park. Hopefully you were able to check out all of the hidden details throughout, as they're such an integral part of our storytelling. We hope to see you again soon! -Samantha
    Written August 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • LRushforth
    Las Vegas, Nevada16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly magical experience
    There is something for people of all ages. The shops, the food, the rides, and the general ambience are all top notch. To enjoy the full experience, multiple days are recommended. To reduce wait times for attractions, consider buying one of the Express Passes.
    Hi there, Thank you for your amazing review! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our immersive theming and offerings throughout Universal Orlando Resort. I am always so amazed when visiting, so I am happy to know your visit has exceeding your expectations. Next time, be sure to stop by our Universal Volcano Bay Park! The atmosphere is so unique and it is the perfect park to unwind. We hope to see you again soon! -Laura
    Written September 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Natalie Starling-Booth
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1,178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a magical experience
    It's not surprise The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is ranked No.1 attraction in Orlando, you don't have to be a Harry Potter fan to love this section of the park. We started on Diagon Alley were you can ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, this is a 3D ride that takes you on a lovely adventure. We then caught the Hogwart's Express over to the second section of the Harry Potter experience, once here we saw Hogwart's castle and got to ride on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. In this section of the park, we also got to try a glass of Butterbeer, very nice but quite sickly so we shared ours. This was a lovely part of the park and took up a few hours of our day, but well worth it.
    Hi there. Thank you for sharing your review. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and that you got to experience some of our wonderful attractions! Aren't the treats across Universal Orlando Resort just delicious? I hope you will check out Bake My Day at Minion Land on Illumination Avenue during your next visit, the cupcakes and macaroons are just delicious! Please come see us again soon. - Victoria
    Written October 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Diane N
    Colorado Springs, Colorado1,369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immersed in Harry Potter and Loved it!
    Our last day of the conference was only a partial day, so decided to take in some of Universal Studios. Enjoyed some butter beer, a little sweet for me, had some bangers at The Leak Cauldron, and went on Hagrid's Motorcycle ride. Loved every moment of the shops and park! Total Harry Potter Geek Here!
    Hi Diane! We appreciate your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon, and I suggest enjoying our newest attraction, Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast, over at Universal Studios Florida on your next visit! - Emily
    Written November 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Lets cruise
    Miami, Florida1,714 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute heaven for Potterheada
    The Wizarding world part (as well as the others) of Universal studios is so incredibly detailed, no part is left out. Even the restrooms are part of the magic. Lines for the newest attraction (Hagrids forbidden forest) are insane and if you dont have early access or Express pass prepare for 80-120min wait. We managed to get there early in the morning and still waited for 35min. As its usual for all the WW new attraction the lines are long, which made it so much shorter line for my favorite ride in the Hogwarts castle. Was disappointed that they stopped selling Pumpkin juice in bottles though.
    Hi there. Thank you so much for your review. I am so happy that you continue to enjoy your visits. However, I do apologize for any disappointment regarding attraction wait times and the availability of the item you mentioned. Please be assured that your feedback has been formally documented and will be reviewed by the proper leadership teams. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the theming throughout the lands. Aren't the details throughout the attraction queues and merchandise locations just amazing? Make sure you check out Marvel Superhero Island during your next visit, it is just as immersive! Please come visit us again soon. - Victoria
    Written November 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 29, 2023
  • Stokeexile
    Banbury, United Kingdom150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for HP hardcore fans
    My daughter (age 10) wanted to see the HP themed Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts Express and Hogsmead, so off we went. Pro tip: Christmas Day is a great day to visit, hardly any queues. We did all three, rode three times in the train, spent more money on wands than I spent on my first car, and enjoyed the ride in Hogwarts school. It’s all very well done and the rides are state of the art. By the end of the week the holiday crowds had moved in and you can hardly move in the parks so be prepared to queue for all the above. If HP and rides are your thing this will be heaven, if you don’t mind crowds, standing, and queueing.
    Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. It's so wonderful to hear you enjoyed my favorite area of the park, as well as that you were able to experience our attractions with minimal waits. Hopefully you were able to check out all of the details throughout the attraction queues, as they help bring everything to life! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. -Samantha
    Written December 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Kat F
    Chicago, Illinois25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out of this MUGGLE world!!
    Ok, I will admit it, I never finished all the movies, but I did read all the books. I have to say, the whole experience was indeed worth a full day, and all the way through the holiday light show as well. I was even able to get a new wand (and of course test it out at all the designated locations) It really is a wonderful experience even if you have not seen all the movies. And the rides - OUT OF THIS MUGGLE WORLD!!!
    Hi Kat! We appreciate your review! Thanks for spending the day with us - it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you again soon, and I suggest enjoying Universal Volcano Bay on your next time! - Emily
    Written January 17, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 16, 2024
  • aimeejemma
    Goole, United Kingdom329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had the best time ever! A must if you're a harry potter fan!
    Absolutely fantastic! Being a huge Harry potter fan myself I loved every single minute from both universal and islands of adventure. Diagon alley was my favourite. The theming absolutely unreal I was so happy! Are at both 3 broomsticks and leaky cauldron we had a laugh at the 'English breakfast' but ate it and was tasty.if you are British....it's not a brekkie I'm warning you now ha. It's expensive but you get so wrapped up in it all you don't care honestly! I spent 90 dollars on a jumper from Scotland when I could've gone to Scotland at home ha but who cares! It was so much fun! Absolutely brilliant definitely worth the visit can't wait to one day go back again!
    Hi Aimee! We appreciate your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon, and I suggest enjoying Universal Volcano Bay on your next visit! - Emily
    Written January 27, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2024
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Jenna S
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Due to the new "virtual line" you will be discriminated against if you do not have a smartphone. Basically the people who are the richest with the fastest phone are the only ones that will be able to ride the new Hagrid ride. We talked to a family in line who all had the new Iphones and they were able to go on the ride multiple times because they reserved spots for their whole family on their different phones. Meanwhile I've gone to the park, paid for parking every time, and haven't been able to go on. If you call to give a review they say the best they can do is tell you is to go during the week (impossible for working families, I'm a teacher), get there early (I've done this every weekend I've gone), and keep refreshing the app (really takes away from the fun of universal to have to be staring at your phone constantly refreshing, just for you to never be able to get on the ride). I've been to Universal/IOA 5 times since this ride open and still have never been able to ride this ride because of the "Virtual line". I've had to pay $26 every time for parking, but if you tell Universal that their only option is "pay us more money for a more expensive pass that includes parking, then you can come up here more often, but you still may not get on the ride" I don't mind waiting 2+ hours to ride a ride I really want to ride. It's absolutely heartbreaking to not be able to get on the ride because your poor and don't have a good enough phone so they won't let you even get in line.

I called guest services to try to understand better how the line works and the lady I spoke to Mikayla was so rude, in the middle of me talking about my experience she cut me off and said "Well if you let me finish I can tell you my tips (what I listed above)" Basically she didn't want to hear any feedback about the park, only read a script she is told to read to the customers. I asked to speak to someone else and she said she is capable of getting my message to others. I don't know how she plans to do that since she wouldn't even listen to my experience. I always loved Universal, but there current virtual line system, rude employees (some are very nice, but some are extremely rude), and lack of customer service (they used to be much better).
Written November 30, 2020
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Hello, Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us more about your experience, and I am sorry to read you have not had the best visits with us. I can understand the frustration you have described in not being able to yet reserve a Virtual Line for this very popular attraction, and I do apologize your experience contacting Guest Services was not what you were expecting. Our Guest Services Team Members document the feedback of all of our Guests so we can continue to learn from your experiences and work to improve. We will share this feedback you have provided with the proper teams. I encourage you to send an email to GuestServices@UniversalOrlando.com or call 407-224-4233 as well as reference this TripAdvisor review in your conversation so you can be properly taken care of. I am confident our Guest Services team will turn this experience around for you. -Jason
Written December 1, 2020
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S P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
This attraction is a must! The experience is like no other and worth the wait. A tip for future travelers the best thing you can do is get to the park first thing in the morning and get in line for this attraction first. You cannot take any items in with you such as purses or bags so you will be prompted to go to the lockers that are right next to the attraction. The cost for the locker is $2.00 and you can pay using your debit card. I would not recommend this attraction for children under 6 yrs old. Overall experience was awesome!
Written April 8, 2021
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Hi there! Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear that you had a great visit to our park! We appreciate your recommendations for our future Guests. I also love the attractions in this area! We hope to see you again soon. -Brianna
Written April 13, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jobo14
Chesapeake, VA271 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Visited during the virus pandemic hearing and being assured that safety and health precautions would be in place. However that was not the case. I was one of very few wearing a face covering; people were not following one way traffic lanes and crowds were milling around haphazardly. Harry Potter area was packed with people not behaving responsibly so I did not feel comfortable enough to even walk in any stores or down any alleys. Attraction Lines were long and winding right down the middle of the walkways with people walking back and forth. I was disappointed that once I finally got to visit, I felt too crowded and not at all safe from the many others who were not practicing social distancing or mask wearing. So I quickly glanced around, took a few pictures while trying to hold my breath and avoid running into people and moved on to a different area. Was not a good experience at all. Workers were not attempting to correct issues either. Don’t go now! Wait until later if you are at all concerned about your own health or your family’s well being. Hand sanitizer was not available in many areas. Some wipes at food/eating stands.
Written July 3, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. I am sad to hear that during your visit there were Guests not complying with the safety guidelines. We would never intentionally want Guest to feel unsafe during their visit, so I apologize to hear that this was your experience. We take this feedback very seriously, and I have taken the liberty of documenting this so that the appropriate teams are aware of what you described. If you wish to talk more about your visit, do not hesitate to contact our Guest Service team at 407-224-4233 option 4 or by email at GuestServices@universalorlando.com. I hope to see you again in the future. - Angela
Written July 5, 2020
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Marabellelee
Sarasota, FL21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We have been annual pass holders to universal for the past 5 years. We obviously love the place and particularly Harry Potter’s world. We live in Florida and try to go 3-4 times a year. We used to be able to go in January and have some reprieve from the tourist crowds. No more. We are on our way home now and while we did manage to do most of the rides (express passes of course) the Hagrids ride was a 70 minute wait. We tried several times over 3 days to get on with shorter wait time but could not. The line is frustrating because people walk by (in the single rider line) when the single rider line is not open. We asked if we could go single rider and were told no several times throughout the line. When we finally reached the front of the line we found a single rider line up!?!? Many people waiting in line were frustrated, need to work on that universal! Need to entertain more in this line, offer water, have a bathroom accessible, show Harry Potter videos -do more. Also was disappointed with the locker fee, really!?! $300 tickets and you charge for lockers to go on rides? Anyway hagrids IS an awesome ride but will NEVER wait that long again. Hopefully universal will figure it out.
Written January 19, 2020
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Hello Marabellelee, I am glad we met certain expectations; however, I am disappointed we did not meet others. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our newest attraction! It is our goal to immerse you in the fun and exciting worlds where you can create memories unlike anywhere else! I hope you will give us another opportunity in the near future to see all that we have to offer at the parks. I look forward to welcoming you back for many more years to come! - Aliya
Written January 20, 2020
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TheTravelingTwoo
Dallas110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Always love going to Hog Mead and Hogs Mead awesome. Ride the train. Do both areas. The restaurant that serves chicken, roasted corn and baby potatoes is good food for a reasonable price.
Written March 11, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your review. It sounds like you had a great time exploring our park! You make some amazing suggestions for our future Guests. This is also one of my favorite places to grab a meal at one of the different venues. We hope to see you again soon! -Brianna
Written March 12, 2020
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Larissa M
South Windsor, CT165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
They did a fantastic job making this very realistic and fun! Felt like we were definitely in wizarding world. If you want to see all of Harry Potter at Universal, you'll need to buy tickets for both parks (and that's the only way to ride the Hogwarts Express). Makes it very expensive, but we felt it was worth it after having enjoyed it.
Written February 2, 2020
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Hello, Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I am absolutely thrilled you enjoyed every aspect of the rest of the park during your visit. I hope you were able to enjoy a refreshing drink and food while at the parks. I appreciate your helpful tip for our future Guests and I hope you had the chance to enjoy the many attractions we have to offer. We strive to provide our Guests with a superior entertainment experience at prices that are competitive with similar attractions in the area. I'd suggest visiting our Deals & Specials page on our website for current promotions on your next visit. I hope you come back very soon to continue enjoying the fun! -Aliya
Written February 4, 2020
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Adventures of Frank and Brandi
Marlton, NJ372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Absolutely amazing! Totally worth the cost and a must do! Great for both kids and adults! They did a fantastic job or capturing the details from books and movies and making them come alive! It was my husband and I and we lived it. The rides were awesome and you felt like you were really part of the adventure! Long wait times sometimes so but express passes or at least be sure to use the universal app to watch the edit times and get to the rides when they are low ! Must buy 2 park..park to park passes to ride hogwarts express and will at least need 2 park to do HP on both parks !
Written February 27, 2020
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Hello Brandi and Frank! Thank you for your feedback! I appreciate you taking the time to provide such a detailed review of your experience, to assist our future Guests with making plans for their vacation. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our Express Passes, for many of our attractions. It is our goal to immerse you in the fun and exciting worlds where you can create memories unlike anywhere else! I am glad that you did, and I hope you come back very soon to continue enjoying the fun! -Aliya
Written February 27, 2020
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James K
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Ok, so 1 star is a little extreme. There are many wonderful things about the sets created for Wizarding World- especially Hogwart’s Castle itself, but universal Studios doesn’t come close to creating the magic that Disney does.

First off, Universal suckers you into buying 2 park passes to go to WW even if you could care less about the other parts of the park. Hulk coaster. No thanks.

Wizarding World should be it’s own park with one park entry and 4 times the size. It would make much more sense so they wouldn’t have to break the magic of HP.

But of course Universal figured out a way to make you pay double the price of Disney for a tiny theme park. There are only 4 rides at WW and it’s very small! I can think of dozens of missed opportunities! How is there not a ride with Ron’s flying car or the forbidden forest or ministry of magic? Or the Dursleys?

Especially when you’re squished into diagon alley with 10,000 other people and waiting in 2-3 hour lines. It’s thievery really. And we went on a weekday in October so it was “less crowded”. I literally can’t imagine peak season.

For my family of 4 I paid an extra $600 for the “express” pass to skip the lines. What a joke. We still had to wait 30-60 minutes per ride since they clearly oversold the express passes. They need to limit those! There were so many angry people in lines.

Also, we paid for an expensive hotel, arrived at rope drop for early park admission and by the time we walked to the Hagrids ride at the back of the park the wait was already 2 hours so we had to skip it. Insane!

Universal parks should be ashamed of themselves. These people save for months/years to be able to afford a $2000+ day and it’s crowded, claustrophobic and disappointing to the biggest Harry Potter fans.
Written October 15, 2022
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Hi James. Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear of any disappointment regarding your visit. It is never our intention to disappoint or inconvenience our Guests, and I sincerely apologize if your visit did not reflect these values. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere of our park. The Universal Express Pass is designed to reduce the wait time by approximately half. This means there still may be a wait during busier times of year, though it would be significantly reduced in comparison to the posted wait time. I apologize if this information was not properly presented to you. I am also sorry to hear of your disappointment regarding our ticket prices. We strive to provide our Guests with a superior entertainment experience at prices that are competitive with similar attractions in the area, and I sincerely apologize for any disappointment. Please be assured that your feedback has been formally documented, and will be reviewed by the proper leadership teams. We would like to hear more from you. At your convenience, please contact our Guest Services Team at 407-224-4233, or GuestServices@universalorlando.com and reference your review username. Thank you for your time, and I hope you will consider visiting us again. - Victoria
Written October 16, 2022
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Samantha C
Greenwich, CT30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I went with my 11 year old son mid August. We went mid week thankfully as when we left on a Saturday I could tell just at my hotel how packed it was going to be! My advice is to get there early. We were in the Dockside hotel so we had early access. We were on the bus by seven and in line by 730. We entered the park at eight when it opened and although there were still hundreds of people entering at this time we were able to go straight on the Hagrid roller coaster and also the Harry Potter Forbidden Journey ride.

I generally am a scaredy-cat and don't like roller coasters but my son begged me to go on the Hagrid ride with him. The first time I was petrified, it is really fast but the second time I just enjoyed it knowing what was coming. The harry potter forbidden journey was not for me. Anyone who gets carsick and seasick like I do will feel really sick and dizzy on this ride. My son thought it was OK but I had to close my eyes for at least half of it.

Because we got there at the opening time we were able to go on both rides straight away. If you get there after lunch or even after 9ish you will have to join long lines on the virtual app for the Hagrid ride.

The rest of the Harry Potter world was pretty cute but not mind blowing. My son was not that interested in the virtual wand part. We saw lots of people trying to use them but they didn't always work well. They cosy $59 each and honestly I think you can do the wizarding world without them. We went to the Olivander store where they choose one child and go through a little wand skit. It was a bit boring and of course it's all about buying the wand at the end.

The butter beer is not cheap, but r got a the frozen one and it was delicious. If you don't get it early in the day or late at night there will be long lines. We went into the Three Broomsticks and didn't have to queue, but we didn't love the menu so we left.

On our last night we went into the park around 8 PM. My son was excited to go on the roller coasters and didn't have to wait too long and then around 845 we went back over to Hogwarts to see the light show on the castle which was really special.

We got the Hogwarts express a few times back-and-forth from the parks and never had to wait more than a few minutes. They show in the train is different in both ways so it's worth taking it both ways.

Overall it was really fun, but there isn't that much to do outside the 3 rides. The Flight of the Hippogriff ride is just an old fashioned and pretty lame rollercoaster. The other 2 rides are pretty cool and that is it. Walking around is fun for a little while but then you realize you have seen it all pretty quickly.
Written August 15, 2021
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Hi there! Thank you for your review! I'm thrilled that you were able to experience every attraction in that area! Isn't the detail in the queues just amazing? There are some really tasty treats too! I'm sorry to hear that you feel you got through the area too quickly! It is never our intention to disappoint our Guests. Please be assured that your feedback has been formally documented and will be sent to the proper leadership teams for review! If you would like to provide additional feedback, please reach out to our Guest Services Team at 407-224-4233 or GuestServices@universalorlando.com. We hope to see you again soon! - Victoria
Written August 17, 2021
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Kate H
Colorado116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Boy did we love our time in WWHP! Hogsmeade was packed with people pretty much all day except the first 30min or so and the last 90min or so (on April hours). Diagon Alley was also busy but is a bigger space so we didn't feel as crammed in. So, we tried our best to go early and late to enjoy the less busy times. Casting spells is SO fun and we went three times a day to do just this. Looking in shop windows and shopping, taking in the scenes from HP was very magical. We recommend the castle light show and Tales of Beedle the Bard shows at least once. Get some mail postmarked at the Owl Post, pick a wand (or have one pick you!), try butterbeer of all kinds and just enjoy the scenery. Come with an express pass if you want to do any rides without long waits. This place is very busy and popular but that's because it is SO rad.
Written April 25, 2022
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Hi Kate. Thank you for your review. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Isn't this land just so cool? I love looking at all of the details in the attraction queues! Make sure you check out some of the amazing photo opportunities next time. Thank you again for the amazing review, and I hope you’ll visit us again soon! - Victoria
Written April 28, 2022
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