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32 Things Not to Miss at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Not to Miss at Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

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If you’re a Harry Potter Fan, you’ve likely dreamed of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is just one of the lands located at Universal Studios Orlando, Hollywood, and Japan. Even if you’ve visited before, you may have missed a few of these on the list. Here are our choices for the must-visit, not to miss attractions, food, and shops at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Firstly, note that these recommendations are for Universal Studios Orlando. This theme park is actually two parks, Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure. Each park has a Wizarding World. Diagon Alley is located at Islands of Adventure and Hogsmeade is at Universal Orlando. I highly recommend a park to park pass so you can enjoy the full effect of both worlds. This also is the only way you can ride the Hogwarts Express.

Diagon Alley

Actually, this list begins outside of Diagon Alley. Before you enter the world you’ll see these sites.


As you walk into Diagon Alley, pause at the entrance, you’ll hear the bricks moving to allow you in.

Related: Is the Universal Express Pass worth the Cost?




There are a couple of shows here, under a nice covered pavilion. A great place to get out of the rain as well. Our favorite is The Tales of Beedle The Bard. A beautiful marionette show with one of two stories from the book. You can also take in the warbling sounds of Celestina Warbeck as she puts on a lively concert.

Hogwarts Express

Outside of Diagon Alley, you can catch the wizard train on Platform 9 3/4 to Hogsmeade. Once on the train, you’re treated to visions of the English countryside, with a few surprises thrown in.

I recommend heading this direction first as you’ll get to walk through the wall between platforms 9 & 10 (best do it at a bit of a run if you’re nervous). Be sure to ask one of the train conductors where the platform is for a bit of fun.

Later return from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley for a different experience and train ride. Again, you’ll need a park to park pass to experience both parts of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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    Upon exiting the train, you’ll enter the Wizard Village just outside of Hogwarts, Hogsmeade. Be sure to look up, as you’ll notice it’s always snow-capped here.





    This is not, by any means, a comprehensive list of what you can find at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando. Simply a must-do if you’re a fan.

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