Is the Harry Potter Interactive Wand worth it for the experience? My girls are 12 and 10 and love Harry Potter. They've also loved the interactive wands at Great Wolf, but since ever $ adds up, I just wanted to check what folks thought?!
YES! I thought the wand was well worth it. As opposed to some people here who said the wands don't work, we didn't have any trouble; we got every interactive site we tried to work (admittedly, some took several tries, but my son is young and doesn't necessarily have the dexterity to do the precise motions on the first try). And anyway, if you can't get it to work, someone is there to help you. I agree you really only need one per family, although I don't know how you'd sell that to your kids (I have an only child, so no issue). There are places to "do magic" literately all over Harry Potter world - we didn't even get to do them all. Some of the best are in Diagon Alley, in my opinion. Must do's there are the mermaid fountain, the umbrella, the building that lights up (next to the umbrella) and the skeleton game. My son also really liked the frog one at Honeydukes (in Hogsmeade). Yes, at $51.07 with tax, they are expensive, but honestly, I think that was a part of the visit my son enjoyed - possibly the most. I also agree with some other posts here that if you want to save money, I'd skip the Hogwarts Express. Really the only thing "worth it" is the wall between platforms 9 and 10, and that's not even that great, because it only looks like someone is going through the wall when you are watching OTHER people (when you go through it's clearly just a tunnel). The wands really allow your kids to feel like they are doing magic, and if they are as into HP as my son is, magic is a huge part of the intrigue. Other selling points I'll mention are the fact that the wands will work at any park (if you ever go to Hollywood), they never stop working (no batteries required), and if per chance the tip stops working, they will fix it for free in the shop. I'm really happy we bought a wand; I think the memories my son made using it will last forever.
My family and I found the interactive wand to be the single best part of the Harry Potter experience. Buy one. A few suggestions:
1 - Due to cost, one wand per family is likely fine. Only one person in the family can cast at a given location at a time, so it's no problem to pass off the wand.
2 - Buying at Olivander's is a lot of fun. If you're going to spend a long time agonizing over which wand to buy, consider researching first.
3 - On a related note, the Hogsworth Express Ride works out to about $40 per person -- that may be a better place to save your money. Better to go to the two different parks on two different days.
The kids thought it was worth it (but it was not their $$$$$), and it was done very well. Take you own food & water in your backpack. Everything was expensive. Go early, take the bus from your hotel and be there when it opens. Go to the two shows asap before the lines get over an hour long. The express pass is no good at the Potter shows, so save your $99 each add on.
Ummm.. Guys what's the difference between a regular wand or a interactive wand? Which should I buy?!
Absolutely, but only one person family if you have "older" children. Our 10 year old used it the most, but our 14 year old daughter and 15 year old son wanted to try it as well! Get the wand!
We did not get the wands ourselves, but I was impressed by how many did and how excited they seemed to be using them. There was a lot of helpful staff who were kept busy helping people get the movements just right. Apparently it took some work and concentration. It seemed to have been a very clever addition to the Harry Potter experience.
YES!! I went this April and celebrated my birthday there. My husband got me the interactive wand as my birthday present this year, and it was all i wanted! the queues for the magic spots arent too bad, and people will always help you (took me a few attempts to master the spells!). putting it bluntly, im 25, and felt like i was in the wizarding world for real. if theyre a massive HP fan, then the experience alone is worth the costs!!
Do any of the wands fit in ride lockers? Want to get one but need to put in ride lockers when riding rides since only two of us going?
Yes YES ,my daughter is 14 and loved it .there are lots of places to do the spells ,they are all very clever and inventive .for example , turning lights on , making water spurt , there are even secret ones you have to find , I was worried you would have to queue to do them but not at all . They are tricky to get right at first but staff are on hand t assist
The wands are well worth it. Yes bring some snacks in your bag. Universal allows you to bring some things as not everyone can always eat what is offered. However you can still eat at the park for next to nothing. If you want a regular meal share it and get some extra sides depending on the amount of people you have. One meal can feed one to three people depending on which one you get plus an extra side or two. If it's just you buy only one or two sides. Plenty of food that way. Harry Potter shows are outside and free. So that is why the passes do not work on them. The shows play periodically throughout the day. And as for the rides just watch them. If you hit them right you shouldn't need a fast pass at all. However, the forbidden journey ride. Go on it first even before breakfast if you get early access into the park as that ride fills up super fast.
We bought ours second hand on ebay for half the price. But they are well worth it.
No its basicly a retro reflector on a stick you can buy a strip of tape cut a dot out and put it o your own stick or your finger for 6 or 7 dollars
Going to universal next week what is the difference between the 2 parks and is it worth doing both it's me and my husband and our 3 boys but it's very expensive for both?
The wand really was magical. I got my son one on Monday and for the next 5 1/2 days he never asked for nothing. Now that's magic when you have a 10-year-old child.
It really was the single best part of the whole experience. See him having so much fun.
I don't think that it is worth the extra as you have to queue at each of the interactive sections as they are always busy, and you can always watch others make the interactive thing work.
It was for my 8-year old. You can do tricks at specific marked spots that made the experience a lot more enjoyable. For instance, one trick involved turning a stone kettle upside down and pouring water onto the sidewalk.
At $55 + tax, they seem expensive for what you get. We opted out as we didn't think the price was justified.
Each of the interactive locations had lines, and we witnessed kids failing to get the wands to do what they were meant to and needing help from the people working there.
Note the wizarding world gets very crowded, so don't expect to just walk up to the interactive locations and use the wand without waiting in line.
Its a good buy, even though it does cost some money. The wand works perfectly and also works across both parks. If you decide to go to the other Universal Studio, then it would also work there. I've had mine for about 5 years and using it is a joy every time. Definitely buy! (Get the special looking ones as well!)
I’m considering buying the wand for my son, are they able to be used for more than one visit? We are just coming for a day this spring break , but could see us coming back for another day at Christmas or such.
Highly recommend to buy the wand -if you ever have a problem with it not working kindly take it back to olivanders for a 'free wand repair' we did this once and they took it in back likely replace the ball at the tip of the wand and we had no trouble ever! We own three wands our new fav is narsisia malfoy's it's black with a spiked handle
David N, I don't think anyone answered your question. I had the same one, what's the difference between a regular or interactive wand. I would guess about 30.00! I tried Googling it, but no luck. I'll just play it by ear, if she really has to have it, then cool. It's a once in a lifetime trip for us! ;)
Sorry we are both adults and did not bother purchasing a wand however we did hear children and parents say they are happy they got one
I have 2 boys the same age as your girls. There is something for everyone. Fast rides, slow rides, butter beer, side shoes and a great wizardry experience! Get there early and head for the top rides as the ques build up. Have a fab time.
Just walking through the castle on the way to the ride is a fantastic experience. Since Harry Potter leads this ride, it's the best for avid fans as they get to swoop and soar on their broomsticks with him in the lead. But it is a roller coaster with 3D, so be careful if heights or motion are problems. Keep in mind that the express pass doesn't work on any of the Harry Potter rides. Also, try to find a locker area away from the entrance and in a section that doesn't include a corner. Fortunately, they're free while you ride because they're small and each person will end up needing their own. Get there as early as you can since the lines are huge.
Yes, I would say it's worth it. My 13 year old son enjoyed the experience and that was tested recently as we returned to the park and the wand went with us.
With the map of locations provided in both HP areas, it's a bit of a "treasure hunt".
We kept the box the wand came in which made it safer to carry in a backpack.
Have a great time. Your girls are sure to enjoy it.
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