Universal Studios Hollywood and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
I would like to say up front that I did not take nearly the amount of pictures I would have liked because I was SO BATSHIT CRAZY OUT OF MY MIND EXCITED. But good news everyone! We got season passes so I’ll take more pictures next time.
So, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWOHP) opens officially on April 7th but we got to preview it during a private event. If you plan on going, know this: it is small. It is not a very big part of the park. It’s lovely and wonderful but it’s not a lot of space so prepare to be squished or to even have to wait to get into that part of the park.
There are two rides in the WWOHP: Flight of the Hippogriff and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The hippogriff ride is a very, very short kid-friendly roller coast. The Forbidden Journey ride, though… I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it. I’ve never been on anything like it. I’m VERY glad I took a Dramamine beforehand because it can definitely be vomit-inducing. It was AMAZING. Too many giant spiders and the Dementors were terrifying. I really don’t like Dementors. They are basically like severe depression given a form and yes, I realize they are not real but I’m still not a fan. That ride made me wish I had stuck in the mechanical engineering program in college.
Butterbeer tastes like cream soda with a touch of butterscotch and it’s delicious.
Ollivander’s wand shop is crowded and hectic and I love it. I ended up getting a replica of Professor Snape’s wand. In the WWOHP, which is fashioned after the fictional town Hogsmead, there are places around where, if you purchased one of the interactive wands, you can wave your wand in specific ways and make things happen in shop windows. Some are easier than others. We waited our turn while we watched a couple try for almost 10 minutes to cast a particular spell. There are employees around that give tutelage and try to help. They stepped aside so I could give it a go. I got it on the first try. The woman gave me dirty looks. She was taking this way too seriously, clearly.
I was wearing my Slytherin sweatshirt and it’s pretty great that employees who are also in my “house” made sure to acknowledge me and say hello.
Universal Studios serves alcohol in the park SO HOORAY FOR THAT!
Outside of the WWOHP, we went on the tram tour. I haven’t been in many years and their 360 degree 4D immersion parts were mind-blowing. We also got to meet a derpy velociraptor (photo below) and go on the Simpsons ride and the Minions ride, both of which were hilarious and fun. The Mummy ride made me scream. A lot. I liked it, though.
Since most of my experience has been with Disney parks, going to Universal Studios was totally fascinating for me and I liked it. The employees are much more laid back. Things aren’t necessarily 100% on point as they are in Disney parks, but I was alright with that.
The lame part is that while we walked around the WWOHP, I would wave my wand around and say to Cole, “It’d be a shame if something happened to those people over there” and he would say, “I still don’t think that’s how this works.”