Harry Potter World by Beginners
I want to preface this post by saying that I am, in no way, an expert of Harry Potter World (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in Universal Orlando). This was my first time visiting! I do, however, have a lot of pictures to share, and Rivet and I think we figured out the optimal schedule for a 2 day visit. You definitely need a Park-to-Park pass to be able to it right— you can’t take the Hogwarts Express between the parks without one!
Get an early start and head to Universal Studios Florida.
Go straight to the ride: “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” (this line gets really long so it’s a good idea to head here first thing in the morning!)
Wait in line at Olivander’s to watch a lucky kid be chosen by their wand! (This was my favorite part of the whole park!)
Explore Diagon Alley! Drink Butter Beer! Exchange money at Gringotts! Have lunch at The Three Broomsticks!
Explore the rest of Universal Studios and go on as many rides as you can. My favorites were “Revenge of the Mummy” and “E.T. Adventure.”
In the evening, grab some wizard candy from Honeydukes and take the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9 3/4 over to Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure.
Head straight to Hogwarts to go on “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” (the lines die back down in the evening, so this is a good time to go on this one!) It was our favorite ride.
Stay until dark to see the light show projected on Hogwarts.
Start your morning in Islands of Adventure.
On the way back to Hogwarts, go on “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” (this line gets long but it’s a good ride!)
If you want to go on “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” again, now’s the time before it gets to busy!
Explore the rest of Islands of Adventure, go on the water rides (“Jurassic Park River Adventure” was fun!) (Can you tell we don’t care about superheroes? lol)
Explore Hogsmeade, drink more Butter Beer, be merry!
In the evening, head to Hogsmeade Station to take the Hogwarts Express back to Platform 9 3/4, to see Diagon Alley lit up at night. Watch kids turn on the lanterns with their wands!