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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Ranked #1 of 394 things to do in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It's the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained - you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Now open: the new, heart-warming and hilarious Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. And coming soon: Transformers The Ride-3D. Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed December 8, 2014

I loved the wizarding world of Harry Potter. And yes, I am a 47 year old married mother of two. I loved the books; I loved the films. If you are a true fan this is the best fun you can have. You must get the park hopper pass so you can go to both places. My favorite was Diagon Alley. The detail was amazing. I liked Hogsmeade too but less to do there. You don't even need to ride any rides to have a great time.

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Reviewed December 5, 2014

The original attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure was so well done, it was hard to imagine the second "land" (at Universal Studios Park) of Harry's London could match it's magic. While Hogwarts and Hogsmeade still reign as number one, the newer addition is enjoyable. Diagon Alley doesn't have the charm of Hogsmeade, but it's supposed to be in the gritty city, not the countryside. Though much of it is covered (wonderful shelter from the Florida sun and rain), it feels less congested than Hogsmeade narrow streets. The big ride, Escape from Gringott's, uses the movie's stars to enthrall you. The scale and technology is impressive. However, it's more of a next generation rollercoaster (a much better version of Universal's Mummy ride) interspersed with a movie scenes. The intergration doesn't work as well as in the Forbidden Journey. I found the immense, fire breathing dragon hugging the top of the building and the butter-beer ice cream more enjoyable. The Hogwart's Express (train) ride takes you back and forth between the two worlds (and two parks which means you need 2-park ticket). The ride is calm and enjoyable with clever use of video projections. Again the movie stars are used. However, non-HP fans may find this a bit underwhelming.

At the original Potter-verse, the very majestic Hogwarts looming over the quaint (snow covered) roofs of the village is a site you will never forget. The paths are winding and a bit tight in places making the land feel very crowded (which it usually is). The Forbidden Journey ride, in my opinion, is the best ride in Orlando. Nothing comes close to it anywhere else. The unique technology is mindboggling as you seamlessly go from real sets to movie footage. The thrilling ride is long and tells a complete story that every Harry Potter fan will cherish. And those not fimilar with the characters will still enjoy it though they will leave a bit confused of what just happened. The actual actors from the movies participate throughout. The queue is as entertaining (and technologically advanced) as the ride. You can cut your wait time drastically by using the single rider line but you'll miss much of the queue's special treats. For those you don't care about the prestory, the single rider line is a great choice since you can't really interact with those in your party during the ride. You basically sit alone in a box unable to see anyone else (even those next to you). This is done to limit your field of view so you aren't distracted from the very exciting things happening in front of you. With the addition of Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios became a must-do for Orlando visitors (and the parks' attendance shows it). If don't have the time or money for both parks, go to Islands of Adventure for the original (and still the best) HP attraction.

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Reviewed December 4, 2014

The team at Universal did a fantastic job at this set. So realistic and captivating you can help but fall in love with the place. The lines can be long so if you want to get through the castle in the shortest time possible. Do a single rider line. It is about 80% less of a wait than the normal queue. Try the butter beer (slushy) and if you have kids, go to the wand shop. it will blow their mind especially if they are a Harry Potter fan.

3  Thank wmagiera
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you like fun and themes see this part of the park. its well thought out and very immersive. The three rides are enoyable. Well the Hippogriff ride is kinda lame but the Dragon Challenge is awesome (probably beats the Hulk or comes close), and the Forbidden Journey is great...beats Spiderman. two are awesome . If you are a potter fan I guess you will go crazy over he book store and the wands and butterbeer or whatever its called. If you are like me and wanted to have a good time without knowing the first thing about harry potter you will have fun too.

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Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you are a true Harry Potter fan you have to visit at least once. Love just wandering around looking at the small details. Have to get a butter beer and the feast platter at 3 broomsticks. About $50 but feeds 6-7 people easily. Wish I could go inside Hagrid's hut. :(

2  Thank Glenn M
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