I am a fan of the Harry Potter books so I have wanted to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando since they announced that they were going to build it. Finally I got to go this year!
I went at the beginning of May and it was the perfect conditions. The weather was nice but not too hot and there weren't huge crowds of people in the park. I went to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, the latter was a little busier but still very manageable compared to the summer. The longest I had to wait in line at Universal Studios was 15 minutes! I did not even buy an Express Pass and I was able to go on every ride I was interested in. I did buy an Express Pass for Islands of Adventure.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located inside Islands of Adventure and is the furthest point away from the entrance. Upon entering the gates I made a straight bee line to the back of the park where the Harry Potter section is.
The entrance was superb with the snow against the blue skies and all the muggles in summer clothes! Other than the buildings being a little smaller than I imagined, all the buildings seemed like the ones used on set for the movies! This is by far the busiest section of the theme park even though it only boasts a few rides.
|Hogwarts Castle at Harry Potter World|
Overall, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lived up to my expectations! I was definitely not disappointed and was extra glad because I got to experience it minus the crazy line ups. The other Harry Potter rides were about a 5 minute wait for me because I bought an Express Pass for Islands of Adventure. They are building a Harry Potter world at the Japan Universal Studios by 2014 but I don't think I will visit that one. Last time I was there I only got to try 3 rides because there were SO many people! The Spiderman ride line up alone was 2 hours, let alone a Harry Potter ride.