You can say I’m bit of a Harry Potter fan. I watch the Harry Potter movies on repeat when I’m sick or need a pick-me-up and can probably quote them a little too well. So, when I found myself in Florida for a wedding and travel blogging conference, I knew I had to rent a car and venture to Universal Studios for the day.
As I arrived to Universal Studios, I found parking and a dark gray cloud looming overhead. It started to downpour, but I wasn’t going to give up. I made my way by ducking under any protection I could with the streets flooding and my clothes and hair getting drenched. I refused to spend money on a rain poncho.
I had made it! I had lunch and tried butterbeer for the first time. I rode some of the rides and the Hogwarts Express. If there was ever a reason to take a selfie, this was it. I wanted to remember visiting this world.
If only I had more time as I only was able to spend a half day at the park. I had missed so many details. They sell wands that make the park interactive as you wave it around at storefronts and displays. I definitely recommend it if you have more than a day to explore.
I enjoyed my solo trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter because I could nerd out without feeling embarrassed and was around my kin. Pro tip: You can also take the singles lines to the rides.
Below, you’ll find images from my adventures while visiting.
The rainy road that leads to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The bright colors.
Find all your tricks at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
“The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter.” – Mr. Olivander.
The Knight Bus.
Hopping on the train to Hogsmeade.
Platform 9 and 3/4.
Rain hair don’t care! – There were a few rain breaks, but the storm continued throughout the day.
Welcome to Hogsmeade.
Harry Potter themed roller coasters.
Do you have a favorite Harry Potter park or place you’ve visited? Please share it in the comments below.