Today I had the amazing opportunity to finally walk through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure – and bring it all back to you in pictures and video.
I am notoriously long-winded in my reviews of new attractions but I can easily sum of the entirety of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in one word: Wow. There is really nothing more to say. There is “wow” everywhere you look.
In my 3-hour visit to the Wizarding World, I experienced all there is to see… except the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride which shut down just before I reached the entrance. But I will return soon enough to experience that. Surprisingly, despite the fact that I did not see the new multi-million dollar attraction, I am still blown away by the what I experienced throughout Hogsmeade Village. It’s the most detailed theme park environment I have ever stepped foot in.
But before I elaborate further on what made the Wizarding World so incredible for me to see, I’d like to let you see it first.
(To see the inside of Hogwarts Castle and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride queue, visit this post. To see an assortment of merchandise from the Wizarding World, visit this post. For everything else, read on…)
Right now, I bring you what I believe is the first full video walk through of Hogsmeade Village, from the entrance all the way up to Hogwarts Castle.
Update: Here is video of one of many variations on the Ollivander’s Wand Shop experience:
Update #2: And now we bring you a full video of the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster, including walking through the queue and seeing Hagrid’s hut and the animatronic Buckbeak:
Update #3: The most amazing part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the level of detail found throughout Hogsmeade Village, in its shops, and its surrounding areas. Here’s a video tour of some of the more interesting sights including Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes, Hog’s Head Pub, Owlry, Dervish & Banges (including the Monster Book of Monsters), Filch’s Emporium and much more:
Update #4: Performances take place every so often in the streets between Hogsmeade Village and Hogwarts Castle. One of these is part of the Triwizard Tournament in which the girls from Beauxbatons dance with ribbons and guys from Durmstrang show off their staff-wielding skills. Here’s a video of the whole show: