My daughter was just beside herself to go to HP and all in all it was a very good experience. The best amusement for my money was the Forbidden Journey. Excellent use of motion, visual effects and animatronics. (This can be scary for smaller children). We went to Olivander's for a wand (the show as okay, and I'm not sure it's worth the wait) and we eat at the Three Broomsticks - it's expensive but the nice thing was the staff kept people moving and getting patrons seated. I did not was have the butter beer but was told it should have been hot.
Of our time in Universal's Island of Adventure 80% of it was spent at the HP section of the park.
In most cases you need to use the lockers for backpacks and cameras - these are free (but cost for longer usage). There was a huge crowd there but I did not sense it to be over bearing. We were even hit with a torrential downpour and everyone behaved nicely.
Universal has a Fastpass-like capability, but you pay extra for that. I was not about to pay more money on top of already expensive tickets. The staff was very nice.
Go early, if possible, the crowds and lines got larger as the day went on.
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