Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
Our kids love to go to theme parks! We’ve been to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Discovery Kingdom and now Universal Studios. It was the first time for Brian, Dallen and Sam to go to Universal Studios and they were stoked as they’ve been asking to go for quite some time. It was also the first time for all of us to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
To make it even more awesome for all 6 of our kids, we bought annual passes! I think that buying the annual pass (we bought ours at Costco) is the best deal, especially if you live in California and may visit Universal Studios again during the year. There are a lot of blackout dates, but plenty of open to dates to go too.
For this particular trip, we sweetened the deal and purchased Front of the Line tickets. In my opinion, this is totally worth the extra fee as it allows us to go in a much shorter line, as well as get priority seating at the shows. If you’re going to purchase the Front of the Line pass, you’ll want to make sure you get there right when the park opens up as they do sell out earlier in the day.
One of the areas our kids were most excited about exploring was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. All 6 kids enjoy the Harry Potter series (some a little more than others) and were looking forward to checking out the rides and the design of the world itself. Dallen even dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween with his best friend.
When we walked through the gate, we were greeted by the Hogwart’s Express and a conductor. The kids liked talking to him to for a minute and then took a pic with him. Every few minutes, the train would let out steam. It was a pretty cool effect.
I snapped a few pictures as we were walking through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They loved all the pretty buildings and were really taking it all in! I really loved the buildings too!
As we were walking through, I noticed different kids playing with interactive wands. The kids didn’t notice them this time, but I definitely would like to get them each a wand one of these next times we go. They looked like a lot of fun and would be something I’m sure they’d spend a lot of time doing.
Frank and I went on one of the two rides there and let the kids go on the other one on their own. We went on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. I get motion sickness sometimes, so this was a ride I only wanted to go on once, but the kids had a blast! They also went on Flight of the Hippogriff, which they wanted to be a longer ride, but they were happy to go on it.
While waiting for them to finish on the Flight of the Hippogriff, Frank and I ordered a few cups of hot Butterbeer. They were so good!!! I know they serve the Butterbeer both as hot and cold, but I really like it hot! All the kids liked it too.
We had a blast in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios! The kids can’t wait to go back again!! I’m looking forward to it too!
Have you been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before?