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All About The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
April 8, 2024

Here at Get Away Today we have been following every move from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter since it opened for the first time in California in 2016. Universal Studios Hollywood is a definite do if you’re in Southern California and we’re about to share all the Harry Potter things!

Check out our top six must see moments at Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the main attraction hidden within the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This ride takes you on an adventure complete with dragons, spiders, dementors, whomping willows, and of course, magic.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey must know info:
  • Minimum Height 48" (122 cm)
  • Thrill, Motion Simulation
  • Universal Express Pass Accepted
  • Child Swap Available
The attraction incorporates HD-3D movie screens, larger than life props and other surprises to completely immerse you into the wizarding world. But truthfully, more than half of the fun is getting there! The queue line is truly delightful and full of surprises around every corner of Hogwarts.

Check out 20 Things To Look For In Line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

You walk through Professor Sprout's greenhouse, see real life talking paintings, get advice from Dumbledore, and encouragement from Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The details are amazing and bring you right into the Harry Potter story, even if you are a muggle!

Ollivanders Wand Shop and The Magical Streets

Once your family enters Ollivanders, a professor and master wand maker ensure that your group finds just the right wand for you... pardon me, helps the wand find you!

Read 7 Secrets Every True Harry Potter Fan Needs to Know About Ollivanders

An actor very carefully uses props and technology to show that the wand is just the right fit! After a purchase, look for the magical brass plaques on the sidewalks for instructions on how to cast spells... Several windows in Hogsmeade will interact with your wand as you cast spells to turn on lights, open a cabinet, bring life to a music box among other fun secrets!

The streets themselves are filled with very helpful magical staff, which add to the atmosphere and there is a stage located by the Flight of the Hippogriff. Performances feature many of the popular acts from the Wizarding World, including the Frog Choir, and students from Beauxbatons!

The Flight of the Hippogriff

This family coaster features Hagrid's cottage and his many exotic pets.... The Hippogriff nods your way for approval and signals a wonderful time for the whole family! It's also the first outdoor roller coaster at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Flight of the Hippogriff must know info:
  • Minimum Height 39" (99 cm)
  • Supervising Companion Required for those under 48” (122 cm)
  • Thrill, Kid Friendly
  • Universal Express Pass Accepted
Fun Fact—Harry, Ron, and Hermione first learn of Hippogriffs when Hagrid introduces students to one in his first Care of Magical Creatures class.

Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice and More

The treats and drinks fit into the world so well! Everything is exactly how it appears in the movies, or how you would imagine it from the books. Look in the streets for Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice carts, and then duck in the shops for chocolate frogs, every flavour beans, and other fun and exciting references to the wizarding world we all love.

Try our Butterbeer recipe before your trip to see how it compares!

You’ll also love the attention to detail here at Universal Hollywood. The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter is impressive, to say the least. Every detail is a fun discovery; even using the facilities is fun! Moaning Myrtle can be heard in the pipes!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is nothing less than amazing!. While you are visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, there is no doubt you will also check out SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™, the newest area in the park.

You'll also enjoy hanging out with the Minions from Despicable Me, and taking the famous Studio Tour for other amazing movie adventures. Bring your muggles to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood with Get Away Today! Book any of our packages online or call our agents at 855-GET-AWAY.

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I am so excited to go! This is the first time so this gives a lot of good info!

I can't wait to go I'm so excited. Me and my fiance will be celebrating our anniversary at the grand opening.

Thanks so much for the update. We are totally planning on going now.

My family has been waiting for along time for this! We went to the one in Florida 2 1/2 years ago! I would LOVE to take my family and do an article about the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Get Away Today!!

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