The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the most popular themed lands at Universal Orlando. To be totally immersed in this magical world is spectacular!
In Universal Studios you can visit Diagon Alley where you can journey into Gringotts, walk down Knockturn Alley to shop in Borgin and Burkes, be amazed by Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and witness a wand choosing ceremony at Ollivanders Wand Shop!
The Hogwarts Express train can then take you to Hogsmeade where you can visit the quaint shops to buy your school uniform, visit Owl Post to send a letter with the Hogsmeade postmark, see the Frog Choir, drink Butterbeer in Hog's Head Pub and see Hogwarts Castle!
But is it possible to do everything in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in one day?
The great news is, yes, it is! If you want to focus your trip exclusively on spending time in the Wizarding World you will be able to see and experience everything in just one day.
Depending on the time of year you visit will impact how long you will wait for the rides and also if you can experience the other attractions on offer at Universal.
If visiting in a quieter month you can easily do all of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in one day and even have time to visit the rest of the parks too!
In busier times of the year it still may be possible to see and experience everything in The Wizarding World but you may not have time to visit other parts of the Universal parks.
Universal Hotel Guests
If staying in a Universal Hotel you will get one hour early entry to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. This is fantastic news as you can head straight to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade to ride with far fewer people in the parks!
If you are staying at a Universal Hotel definitely use this one hour early entry to your advantage! Head straight to Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade to start your Wizarding World day off!
If you are staying in a premier level hotel you will receive free Express Pass for everyone in your party for the duration of your stay, including check in and check out days. This is a massive perk! The free Express Pass can save you big money and help you to see everything in The Wizarding World by skipping the queue!
If you are visiting during a busier time of the year opting to stay at a premier level hotel to get the free Express Pass is a great way to be able to experience everything in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as you will save a lot of time being able to skip the queues!
If visiting during a busy time you are able to purchase the Universal Express Pass. This allows you to skip the queue on many of the rides at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
The rides in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that you can use Express Pass on are:
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Flight of the Hippogriff
The only Wizarding World ride not included in the Express Pass is Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
Park Hopper Tickets Needed
To be able to ride the Hogwarts Express you need park hopper tickets. To experience the whole of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in one day be sure to purchase this type of ticket!
The Hogswarts Express takes you between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, which are in two separate parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
You cannot ride the Hogwarts Express or visit both parks in one day without a park hopper ticket so this is your key to getting everything done in one day!
Be sure to ride the Hogswarts Express both from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade and Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley as the experience is different both ways!
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