Whether you belong to the Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or the Slytherin house, all wizard fanatics will leap off their broomsticks for this news: Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing all of the West Coast muggles their very own Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Starting on Thursday, April 7th, Harry Potter fans can indulge in butter beer, watch the most intense Quidditch match come to life, explore the dark alleys of Diagon Alley, roam the halls at Hogwarts, venture into the shops of Hogsmeade, and fly into the wizarding world.
One of the park’s most anticipated rides is the 3D thriller “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.” Wizards-in-training can battle against dragons, dementors, and even Quidditch foes for the first time ever in 3D. Orlando’s version will still remain a 2D experience. Other must-see attractions include Flight of the Hippogriff (Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor, family rollercoaster), a performance by the frog choir, and the one-and-only Triwizard spirit rally.
Robe yourselves with all of the authentic wizard gear at these featured shops:
- Derwish and Banges
- Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods
- Gladrags Wizardwear
- Ollivander’s Wands
- Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment
There will also be an Owl Post for a chance to send other beloved muggles a letter, marked with an authentic Hogsmeade postmark.
When you need some fuel for all of these wizarding adventures, look no further than these dining and snacking spots:
- The Butterbeer Cart
- Magic Neep Cart
- Three Broomsticks
- Zonko’s Joke Shop
Entry to Los Angeles’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter is free with admission into Universal Studio Hollywood, along with rides and shows that immerse you into some of the world’s greatest films.