Take yourself on a journey thorugh a land of mystery and magic, a place where us mere muggles can enjoy the wonders of being a witch or wizard for a day, I’m talking about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. The theme park attached to Universal’s Islands of Adventure has just opened its new extension on August 8, taking us deep into the world of Harry Potter.
At this surreal amusement park you can come face to face with ‘an aggressive Chinese Fireball or a Hungarian Horntail’ on a fast, looped roller-coaster and live to tell the tale! You can even head into the Forbidden Forest…but watch out for Arogog’s children, remember they are only kind to Hagrid not friends of Hagrid’s.
Among these thrill rides there is also places to sit down and enjoy some quiet time in Hogsmead with a pint of Pumpkin Juice at Hogs Head, or even taste cup of butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks, which offers not only tasty beverages but a magic inspired menu for lunch or dinner. If you are one with a sweet tooth, why not pop into Honeydukes for a Cauldron Cake, pack of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, and one of those famous chocolate frogs?
There is even a chance to buy all your wizarding supplies, Ollivanders is the place to go if you are in search of a wand, and don’t forget the wand choses the Wizard! Plus you can use the Owl Post to send a letter back home to your muggle friends or family with a real Hogsmead stamp.
What are you waiting for? Book your seat on the Hogwarts Express, hop on board and explore an unreal world filled with excitement and enchantment.
By Amy Miller
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