What is the Magic World of Harry Potter?
The magical world of Harry Potter is the general name for themed areas, attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment based on Harry Potter books and movies. Hogsmeade opened in 2010 in Islands of Adventure and includes the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft, the nearby village of Hogsmeade and the Chalice of Fire events. Diagon Alley opened shortly after in 2014 and includes London-based aspects of the world, such as the Knight Bus, 12 Grimmauld Place, King’s Cross Station and the aforementioned Diagon Alley.
The land is dense and sometimes overwhelming: your attention will be directed in all directions with unique views and sounds. With something on every corner, it’s worth exploring every nook and cranny.
Do I need a separate ticket for the magic world?
No, a standard ticket to Universal Theme Park will take you into the magical world.
Universal confused the public by announcing Hogsmeade as “a theme park within a theme park.” This led guests to assume that they needed a separate ticket to visit the lands (or that it was their own theme park). Entrance to the lands and attractions of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is included in your entry to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure.
Tickets for Walt Disney World are not valid at Universal (you’ll be surprised how often this is a problem) and guests need parking tickets to park on the Hogwarts Express.
What attractions and shows are there in the magical world?
The Wizarding World includes some of the most ambitious and immersive attractions in the world. Experiences range from intimate stage shows to award-winning and multi-million dollar thrill rides. We consider every trip a must see and the shows are worth it if you have a relaxed tour schedule.
The magical world of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure
The magical world of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida
Where can I eat? Drink? Is there alcohol?
Each floor has a main dining area with snack stalls and auxiliary carts. Hogsmeade’s Three Broomsticks serves rustic food such as roast chicken, ribs, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Diagon Alley’s Leaky Cauldron leans more towards British pub food with cakes, stews, potatoes and puree and of course fish and chips. Appetizer stalls on both lands include cakes (meat pies), fruit, ice cream, packaged British snacks and sweets.
Alcohol is available to the most demanding adult witches and wizards in the entire Magic World. Hogsmeade’s Hog’s Head pub serves British pints and the exclusive Hogshead Ale. Diagon Alley is home to two bars, the Fountain of Fair Fortune and the Hopping Pot, both named after Potter’s short fables. Each serves a menu similar to Hogshead but with two different exclusive beers: Dragon Scale and Dragon Scale. Beer and wine are also available at restaurants and snack stalls.
Like all Universal locations, only guests aged 21 and over will be served with a valid ID.
Is Butter Beer Alcoholic?
No! Butter beer is non-alcoholic and free of high fructose corn syrup. The original themed drink, butter beer is a sweet drink based on cream soda with caramel notes. Before you ask, no Universal will increase your Butterbeer rate.
Butter beer is available in several forms:
- Regular: carbonated drink as a cold cream soda with a caramel foam on top (pictured above)
- Frozen: like mud, covered with caramel foam
- Hot: similar to a latte without coffee, a softer, creamier version of the cold
- Ice cream: available in packaged and soft varieties
- Fudge – You know, fudge
Okay, what about the merchandise?
They have merchandise! In addition to revolutionizing attractions and food, Potter lands also intensified the game of memories. Dozens of very themed shops sell everything from stuffed animals, practical jokes, magic school supplies, sports equipment and even shady black market items. Regardless of your level of interest, there is a gift for you in the Magic World.
Located on Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, Ollivander’s combines an intimate show with a shopping experience by selecting a lucky guest for its own wand. Guests don’t have to buy the wand afterwards, but come on, it’s a pretty tough sale! Interactive wands cost about $ 65 with taxes.
What tour plans are available for the magical world?
Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Only the Magic World tour plans are included in our subscription to Universal Orlando tour plans. For $ 8.95 plus taxes, get access to these plans, as well as customizable tour plans, a schedule of crowds to plan for, and more.
Okay, I’m sold. Where can I book my trip?
Can I point you to the Touring Plans travel agency? Our travel agents will book your trip and monitor for discounts or improvements. Don’t worry if you like to do everything yourself, we offer you the complete booking experience to find what you need. Plus, if you book through them, you’ll get a subscription to Universal Orlando tour plans included! Personally, I have used the Travel Agency to book a hotel and monitor the annual discounts of season ticket holders.
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Have you been sent to a Hogwarts home? Did you choose a wand? Leave your favorite aspects of The Wizarding World in the comments below!