This past week, I got the opportunity to go to Universal Studios in Hollywood, California, and I finally got to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I was super stoked because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and I was not disappointed to say the least. I went there for two days, and took lots of pictures since I don’t know when I’ll be going there again.
We first went to the rides, as I’d been informed that the lines for the rides get super long and it’s best to go when the park opens up. So, I waited around 40 minutes to go on The Forbidden Journey (which was freaking amazing and I went on it three times. I would’ve gone more times if the lines weren’t always so long) and 50 minutes for the Flight of the Hippogriff. I didn’t realize that Flight of the Hippogriff only lasted like 30 seconds, and I also didn’t realize that the line for this ride becomes shorter as the day progresses…so I wasn’t very pleased to learn that I waited a ridiculously long time to ride a super short ride. 😡
The next thing on my bucket list was to go try butterbeer! I heard mixed reviews about butterbeer, and was quite hesitant to try it because I was scared of hating it, but it was honestly really, really delicious! I would definitely buy it again. It kind of tasted like a frappuccino; I’ve been told it tastes like a root beer float but I’ve never tried that before so I’m not sure how accurate that is. I bought the souvenir cup at the Hog’s Head and got the frozen version (pro tip: don’t wait in line at those butterbeer stands, you can get butterbeer at Hog’s Head and there’s usually no wait time).
I popped into the shops and had a quick look around, but it wasn’t until the second day where I really looked at all the displays and things that they were selling. I was surprised that it was rather small, as I was expecting it to be much bigger, but I suppose the one in Florida might be a bit larger.
I purchased a Slytherin sweatshirt, went on the rides again, and popped into Ollivander’s to take a look at the wands and witness the “wand ceremony”. I didn’t end up buying a wand though, because I don’t really see the point in purchasing items that you’re not going to use. Like I get buying clothing items or mugs, but what would I do with a wand? It’d just sit in my room…so I thought it’d be quite a waste of money to buy something that I can’t really use.
I spent about 30 to 45 minutes perusing Hogsmeade and all of its various stores, and looked at practically everything there. The only thing I really wanted from the shops there was a glass container that had “Honeydukes” across it, but in the end I decided against getting it. I saw many a pygmy puff there, and was thoroughly appalled that some crazy witch or wizard had turned those poor creatures into slippers! 😦
Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience, and I can’t wait to visit again! I’m looking forward to visiting the one in Orlando!