Diagon Alley at Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 2022 Guide: Food, Decor, and more!

There’s nothing more magical than Christmas at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Most likely, if you’re reading this, you’re a fan of the Harry Potter films or books. So I know that one of the best memories you have of the franchise is experiencing Hogwarts at Christmas through our favorite characters.

Nothing beats the special moment when Harry wakes up and walks into the Gryffindor common room and seeing Ron waiting for him to come open presents with him on Christmas morning.

Knowing that for the first time, Harry will wake up to presents in the very year he discovers that he is so much more that what his aunt and uncle have made him seem truly is such a heartwarming moment.

Universal Orlando manages to bring some of those magical and whimsical feelings to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Christmas.

This makes it extra special to visit during November to the end of December.

Today, I will be going over everything for the holiday season that you can experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

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Top 10 Best Souvenirs from Harry Potter World at Universal (2022)

Are you looking for the best Harry Potter souvenirs the people in your life who are huge fans of the franchise?

For those, whether it be a first time visit or a hundredth, it is nothing short of being magical when you go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal.

There is something hidden in every corner or in plain sight.

Familiar things from the Harry Potter books and films and experiences that will not only put you in the middle of your favorite stories but will leave you with truly jaw-dropping and inspiring memories that will make you go “I still don’t know how they did that!”

Even returning from a recent visit, I have learned three new things about a place I thought I knew everything about.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is filled with so many unique items that would be perfect to bring back home to those who didn’t have the chance to experience it.

Obviously, you gotta bring your friends with you next time and a special gift from the Harry’s world just might convince them.

Today, I will be sharing ten of the best Harry Potter gifts you can bring home to someone from this magical place. Hopefully, next time, they will come along to see the world for themselves!

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Tips and secrets located in The Wizarding World of Diagon Alley

25 Incredible Things to Do at Diagon Alley Universal (Definitive Guide)

Complete Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Universal Orlando Guide for Muggles

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dream come true for the legions of Harry Potter fans the franchise has built over the last two decades.

As one of the more popular attractions at Universal Studios, Diagon Alley features a huge selection of magical activities that range from riding the Hogwarts Express to being a part of the wand selection process first hand.

Diagon Alley is themed around the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling and is a must do for any fan!

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2022 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Guide: Tickets, Rides, Tips and More!

Ready to take an adventurous guide to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Wizards call it home. Muggles call it the Islands of Adventure. And us Harry Potter fans? We just think of it as our own personal heaven.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is one of the most popular and iconic theme parks of all time. With the films grossing over one billion dollars, the scrawny, green-eyed Chosen One has got many supporters in the Muggle world.

And if you are one of them good guys… WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

Here at ThemeParkHipster, we are totally obsessed with the ragtag bunch of teenagers that vanquished the Dark Lord. Personally, I can recite the movies to you as they play– word-for-word (well, if I’ve had A LOT of coffee I can).

So, it is a small wonder that I know the Wizarding World like the back of my hand. Luckily for you, I’m ready to spill the beans (magic or otherwise)! 

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Front Entrance to the Three Broomsticks and Long Island Tea at Harry Potter World Universal

Three Broomsticks at Universal Orlando 2022 Guide: Menu, Reservations, and More!

Would you like to dine like a wizard at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal?

Today, dear ThemeParkHipster, we are visiting Hogsmeade– the only wizarding settlement in Britain without any pesky muggles.

So, chug some Fire Whisky, let sparks shoot out of your wand and flaunt your new robes! In Hogsmeade (even if it is in Universal Studios Orlando), there’s no need to hide.

And when you’re tired from all the gallivanting and want a hot meal, head over to The Three Broomsticks. Madam Rosmerta will fix you right up!

Come on, let me show you around!

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A Wizard’s Guide to Ollivanders: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

Are you ready to take a secret trip with me to Ollivanders at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure?

I was browsing through The Daily Prophet while my kettle was pouring me a cuppa. And Merlin’s beard, would you believe what I found? Ollivanders in Hogsmeade! 

Now, I knew that the Muggles actually pay to get into Diagon Alley in London (through the Portkey at Universal Studios, Florida), I also knew that Ollivanders was a huge success with the Muggles.

They love waving fake wands around while Ollivander secretly cast spells (the sly old fox).

But a whole new branch in Hogsmeade (in Universal Studios) was something I would have never predicted!

So of course, I packed up my truck (well, it packet itself), and decided to investigate both the shops.

And you, my lucky wizard/witch, are coming with me!

But hold your threstals! 

It is of utmost importance that this piece of parchment does not fall into the hands of a Muggle. So please keep it off that thing they call the ‘Ethernet’, ‘interweb’ or whatever alright?

Alright, now grab some Floo Powder, and off to Ollivanders we go!

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Your BEST Wizarding World of Harry Potter Itinerary (How to Do it in a Day)

Are you looking for the best Wizarding World of Harry Potter itinerary for your upcoming trip?

Witches and wizards, if you’re heading to Universal Orlando Resort to brush up on your magic and be immersed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then look no further.

From Diagon Alley and the darker Knockturn Alley to Hogsmeade I’m covering everything you need to do if you only have one day at the two Universal theme parks.

To start, you’re going to want to ensure that you have a ticket that allows you to go to both theme parks in one day because the train from Platform 9 3/4 will leave without you if you don’t have a ticket.

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Dragon Atop Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley

11 AMAZING Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hidden Secrets and Gems You Have to Know!

Before you head to the charming Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you need to know what hidden secrets you must uncover.

There is truly nothing more magical than seeing someone step into the world that they have only read about in books. Generations have grown up with Harry Potter and his journey and Universal was able to truly bring it to life for all walks of life to enjoy.

There are so many wonderfully magical things you can find in Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Some hidden gems you may find that you might have missed in books or may have even forgotten were in them.

Every visit has something special for you to experience and will make you go “Wow! Was this always there?”

Today, your favorite Ravenclaw will be sharing some of the hidden gems and secrets to look out for during your trip into Harry’s magical world. If you listen well, I will even share some tips too!

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Dragon breathing fire on top of Gringotts Bank in Diagon at Universal Studios

SMACKDOWN: All Wizarding World of Harry Potter Rides Ranked!

Ready to conquer ALL the Harry Potter rides on your trip to Universal Orlando?

Muggle, wizard, hag, goblin or elf, you have DEFINITELY heard of the Boy Who Lived.  And if you are a regular ThemeParkHipster like me, you have DEFINITELY heard of the Harry Potter World in Universal Studios, Orlando!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is something of a legend on this blog. It is one of the most well-integrated lands in any theme park I have ever seen.

From the Beauxbatons dance to Ollivander’s shop to the looming Hogwarts castle, everything is straight out of the movies.

BUT, the true icing on the cake are the Harry Potter rides! 

From riding a Hippogriff to escaping Dementors on the Hogwarts Express, your adrenalin will be pumping throughout the visit. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides are not for the weak-hearted– at least, not the rides we explore on this blog.

We are NOT here to talk about kiddy rides or the rides designed to keep the kids occupied while parents gulp down some Fire Whiskey.

Instead, we are going to talk about rides that have you screaming, gasping, laughing and awe-struck.

We’re a tribe of independent, solo ThemeParkHipsters! And we are on a mission to conquer the most daunting rides the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer!

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Food

7 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Food You MUST Try On Your Next Universal Orlando Resort Trip

Are you ready to some of the BEST Wizarding World of Harry Potter food on your next trip?

Imagine stepping into the world of Harry Potter, where Hogwarts Castle is larger than life, Gringotts Bank has a massive fire-breathing dragon on the rooftop, and Butterbeer flows freely.

That’s exactly what you get when you step foot into The Wizarding Work of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

While the attractions are thrilling and the shops look like they leaped off the page of one of the Harry Potter books, the food is also worth trying out.

Here at ThemeParkHipster we love trying out as much as we can inside the theme parks, and that means tucking in to fish and chips and loads of other British delights in the place where witches and wizards roam.

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