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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Guide YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED

Ready to take an adventure to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Wizards call it home. Muggles call it the Islands of Adventure. And us Harry Potter fans? We just think of it as our own personal heaven.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is one of the most popular and iconic theme parks of all time. With the films grossing over one billion dollars, the scrawny, green-eyed Chosen One has got many supporters in the Muggle world.

And if you are one of them good guys… WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

Here at ThemeParkHipster, we are totally obsessed with the ragtag bunch of teenagers that vanquished the Dark Lord. Personally, I can recite the movies to you as they play– word-for-word (well, if I’ve had A LOT of coffee I can).

So, it is a small wonder that I know the Wizarding World like the back of my hand. Luckily for you, I’m ready to spill the beans (magic or otherwise)! 

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Dragon breathing fire on top of Gringotts Bank in Diagon at Universal Studios

SMACKDOWN: All Wizarding World of Harry Potter Rides Ranked!

Ready to conquer ALL the Harry Potter rides on your trip to Universal Orlando?

Muggle, wizard, hag, goblin or elf, you have DEFINITELY heard of the Boy Who Lived.  And if you are a regular ThemeParkHipster like me, you have DEFINITELY heard of the Harry Potter World in Universal Studios, Orlando!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is something of a legend on this blog. It is one of the most well-integrated lands in any theme park I have ever seen.

From the Beauxbatons dance to Ollivander’s shop to the looming Hogwarts castle, everything is straight out of the movies.

BUT, the true icing on the cake are the Harry Potter rides! 

From riding a Hippogriff to escaping Dementors on the Hogwarts Express, your adrenalin will be pumping throughout the visit. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides are not for the weak-hearted– at least, not the rides we explore on this blog.

We are NOT here to talk about kiddy rides or the rides designed to keep the kids occupied while parents gulp down some Fire Whiskey.

Instead, we are going to talk about rides that have you screaming, gasping, laughing and awe-struck.

We’re a tribe of independent, solo ThemeParkHipsters! And we are on a mission to conquer the most daunting rides the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer!

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Tips and secrets located in The Wizarding World of Diagon Alley

19 Incredible Things to Do at Diagon Alley Universal (Definitive Guide)

Complete Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Universal Orlando Guide for Muggles

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dream come true for the legions of Harry Potter fans the franchise has built over the last two decades.

As one of the more popular attractions at Universal Studios, Diagon Alley features a huge selection of magical activities that range from riding the Hogwarts Express to being a part of the wand selection process first hand.

Diagon Alley is themed around the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling and is a must do for any fan!

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Hogsmeade Wizarding World of Harry Potter World

A Wizard’s Guide to Ollivanders: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

Are you ready to take a secret trip with me to Ollivanders at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure?

I was browsing through The Daily Prophet while my kettle was pouring me a cuppa. And Merlin’s beard, would you believe what I found? Ollivanders in Hogsmeade! 

Now, I knew that the Muggles actually pay to get into Diagon Alley in London (through the Portkey at Universal Studios, Florida), I also knew that Ollivanders was a huge success with the Muggles.

They love waving fake wands around while Ollivander secretly cast spells (the sly old fox).

But a whole new branch in Hogsmeade (in Universal Studios) was something I would have never predicted! So of course, I packed up my truck (well, it packet itself), and decided to investigate both the shops.

And you, my lucky wizard/witch, are coming with me!

But hold your threstals! 

It is of utmost importance that this piece of parchment does not fall into the hands of a Muggle. So please keep it off that thing they call the ‘Ethernet’, ‘interweb’ or whatever alright?

Alright, now grab some Floo Powder, and off to Ollivanders we go!

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Front Entrance to the Three Broomsticks and Long Island Tea at Harry Potter World Universal

The Three Broomsticks at Universal Orlando (What to Expect)

Would you like to dine like a wizard at the Three Broomsticks?

Today, dear ThemeParkHipster, we are visiting Hogsmeade– the only wizarding settlement in Britain without any pesky muggles.

So, chug some Fire Whisky, let sparks shoot out of your wand and flaunt your new robes! In Hogsmeade (even if it is in Universal Studios Orlando), there’s no need to hide.

And when you’re tired from all the gallivanting and want a hot meal, head over to The Three Broomsticks. Madam Rosmerta will fix you right up!

What is The Three Broomsticks, you ask?!

Well, it’s only the best place in Hogsmeade to get some grub! I can’t believe you haven’t been there before.

Come on, let me show you around!

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Food

7 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Food You MUST Try On Your Next Universal Orlando Resort Trip

Are you ready to some of the BEST Wizarding World of Harry Potter food on your next trip?

Imagine stepping into the world of Harry Potter, where Hogwarts Castle is larger than life, Gringotts Bank has a massive fire-breathing dragon on the rooftop, and Butterbeer flows freely.

That’s exactly what you get when you step foot into The Wizarding Work of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

While the attractions are thrilling and the shops look like they leaped off the page of one of the Harry Potter books, the food is also worth trying out.

Here at ThemeParkHipster we love trying out as much as we can inside the theme parks, and that means tucking in to fish and chips and loads of other British delights in the place where witches and wizards roam.

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Hogwarts Express Red train ready to go at Wizarding World of Harry Potter. King's Cross Station #harrypotter #universalstudios #diagonalley #themepark

How to Ride Hogwarts Express in Universal Orlando?

Are you ready to take your voyage on the Hogwarts Express?

For me personally, I jump at the slightest chance of getting close to J.K. Rowling’s magical world– the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

So when I heard that Universal Studios was bringing the Hogwarts Express to, complete with the bustling area of Diagon Alley, dementors, more scenes from the Harry Potter movie and Kings Cross station, I knew I had to be one of the first people to experience this back in 2014.

Universal Studios has really outdone itself on this one. It is the only ride in the entire park that is not just a ride but a transport system as well!

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The Magic Inside JK Rowling Quote

19 JK Rowling Quotes to Inspire You to Live Your BEST Life

The woman who created the Harry Potter universe has inspired so many of us to follow our dreams and live a life with purpose. Over the years, JK Rowling has given us some incredible quotes that are perfect for self-growth.

Whether through her books or through her interviews, there have always been little nuggets to life hidden within her dialogue.

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