The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Phone (800) 864-8377
2.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Enter the detailed world of Harry Potter.

Matt Anderson's Take
As close as you're likely to get to hanging out in the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. This "land" within the Universal Studios theme park includes two main attractions, the Forbidden Journey and the Flight of the Hippogriff. There are also a variety of shops and restaurants, all themed in true Harry Potter style.
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Carmen R
Joined: Feb 2017
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I'm not a huge HP fan but I did enjoy the movies and this area of the park is amazing to see in person. It is a little small and cramped feeling but still amazing and very well done.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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Ugh. Where do I begin on this mess. First off, it's too small here. I mean, way, way, way too small. Should be 4-5 times larger. The walkways are tiny, the shops are tiny, it only has two rides and one of those is hardly a real ride when it only lasts a few seconds. As soon as people flood in the place is an instant logjam. You can't move anywhere.

And flood in they will as they can't seem to empty their wallets fast enough. Need to try Butter Beer, that non-existent drink from the movies that they made into a real drink just for the park? Need a plastic wand that makes certain window scenes in this land light up or do other "magical" things but won't do much when you get it home? Need to complete your transformation into a "real" wizard through some overpriced wizard capes? How about a handful of jelly beans for $10.95 because they're have a HP theme on the box? Well Universal has you covered and will happily scoop up your paycheck in exchange for all of the made-in-China fakery you can handle.

As you can see, Harry Potter World has totally soured me. It was an amazingly unpleasant experience...and not just because the main ride was broken for several hours when the park opened and then had a 120+ minute wait all day. It's just a total mess in here. They knew the Florida version was a cash cow and wanted to duplicate that here even though they didn't have the space to make it happen. The entire thing feels like greed at it's finest.

Don't believe me? They have a Hogwarts Express train that you can go in for a photo. It's not a ride or attraction really, just a photo opportunity. But they have to take the photo with their "magical" camera and won't let you just go in and snap a picture of your kids with your own camera. Why you ask? Because they want to charge you for the photo and they can't do that with your camera. Greed.

I hated this entire area and everything in it though I'm not obsessed with Harry Potter in general. You may strongly disagree if you're a big Harry Potter fan, but even then I think you'll see many of my points.
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