One of the main reasons I was only too happy to return to Florida for a summer holiday was to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Growing up I was part of the Harry Potter generation, reading the books, awaiting the arrival of the next in the series and almost passing out with excitement at the production of a film series. I was (and still am) a big fan of Harry Potter. Albeit I’m slightly less obsessed than my former 12 year old self but I still love to watch the films at Christmas and I always feel a sense of nostalgia and happiness.
Although we went at the very end of September and into October, it was still SO busy. Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure (where Harry Potter is split into two) weren’t too bad in terms of queues but the Wizarding World was full on. That didn’t stop us from having an amazing time visiting Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley and to my surprise, Knockturn Alley (set in a dark hidden walkway)! The Escape From Gringotts ride was truly amazing but trumped by Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey. This ride was insane. Using groundbreaking technology the ride makes you truly feel like you’re flying over the Quidditch pitch, around Hogwarts and into the Forbidden Forest. I’ve never experienced anything like it but I was blown away.
As the ride is split into two parks you have to have a ticket for Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure but most people buy a combo ticket anyway. You can also catch the Hogwarts Express to take you from one side of the park to the other which I thought was really cool! Everything is so thought through with an immense amount of detail, I really felt like I was strolling through Hogsmeade. Aside from the actors rather questionable ‘British’ accents but hey.
I can’t even imagine how busy this place is in the peak of summer but for any Harry Potter fan I would truly recommend trying to take a visit here. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and one that I’m really glad I’ve done.