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โœจBeyond the Pages: ๐Ÿ“šโœจ A Muggle's Guide to Unlocking the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ”ฎ

๐ŸŒŸ Welcome, fellow witches and wizards, to the spellbinding realm of Harry Potter! โœจ In this enchanting travel blog, we are going to follow a whimsical journey through the โšกWizarding World of Harry Potter in both Hollywood and Orlando! ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒŸ Where magic and wonder await at every turn, ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ So grab your wands, don your robes, and let the magic begin with Haque's EYE! ๐Ÿš‚๐ŸŽ‡


๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort beckon with promises of immersive adventures and captivating experiences, each offering its own unique charm and allure. But fear not, dear readers, as we go we will unveil the secrets of both magical destinations and discover which one truly casts the most enchanting spell! ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒŒ

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


โšก๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒŸHarry Potter is more than just a movie or a story. It's a big feeling for many kids, including me. I first heard about Harry Potter at a fun party at my friend Lamia Ahmed's house. ๐ŸŽ‰ After that day, everything changed! Waiting eagerly for the next book when I was a teenager was such a big deal. ๐Ÿ“š And I wasn't alone. There were thousands of fans just like me all over the place!



When Warner Brothers said they were delaying the release of Half-Blood Prince until 2009 instead of 2008 like they originally said, they got over 100 scary threats! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Can you believe it? It shows just how much people love Harry Potter. Whenever I got a chance to explore these relem by myself I took it over and over again! โšก๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ‰

Hollywood vs. Orlando


The Harry Potter world in Orlando is bigger than the one in Hollywood! ๐ŸŒŸ In Orlando, you get two areas to explore: Diagon Alley at Universal Studio and Hogsmeade Village at the Island of Adventure, linked by the Hogwarts Express!



๐Ÿš‚โšก๏ธ But in Hollywood, it's all in one place, a bit smaller but still magical! ๐ŸŽฌ


โœจ In short, Orlando has more to see and do, while Hollywood is more compact! ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒด

Present in Both Locations



๐Ÿฐ Hogwarts Castel

๐ŸŒŸ Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

๐ŸŽข Flight of the Hippogriff

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ Hogsmeade

๐Ÿช„ Olivanders Wand Shop

๐Ÿ”ฎOllivander's Wand Experience

๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธLive Performances

What are the Most Distinctive Attractions in Orlando?



๐Ÿš‚ Hogwarts Express Ride from Park to Park

๐Ÿ™ Diagon Alley

๐Ÿ‰ Firey Dragon at Gringotts Bank

๐ŸŽ‰ Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

๐Ÿฆ Gringotts Bank

๐Ÿ’ต Gringotts Money Exchange

๐ŸŽข Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

๐Ÿ Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

๐ŸšŒ The Knight Bus

Now Let's Dive Deeper....

Hogwarts Castel


๐Ÿฐโœจ Both Hogwarts Castles are identical but each has its unique setting. ๐ŸŒด For the ride "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" you will walk through the castle.



๐ŸŒ‰ In Florida, visitors approach Hogwarts from two distinct points: one involves crossing a bridge from the external area near Jurassic Park, while the other occurs after exploring through Hogsmeade. ย Orlando, the queue winds through more elaborate castle interiors, offering a more immersive experience.


Did you know? 14 cars were destroyed to create the scene where Harry and Ron crashed into the Whomping Willow!


๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฆ‰ Conversely, in California, access to Hogwarts is through Hogsmeade and then the Forbidden Forest where keep an eye out for Mr. Weasley's muggle car, still stuck in the Whomping Willow's grasp! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’ฅ



Fun Fact: Did you know? ๐ŸฐThe stunning medieval fortress Alnwick Castle, served as the exterior of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films? โšก๏ธ๐Ÿฐโœจ From Lacock Village and Abbey in Wiltshire to the stunning Highlands of Scotland, these places brought Hogwarts to life on the big screen! ๐ŸŽฌโšก๏ธ


During the queue ๐Ÿฐโœจexplore the greenhouses, where you'll find Professor Sprout's mandrakes growing beautifully. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿช„



Fun fact: There are 142 Staircases at Hogwarts! ย 


Then, venture into Professor Dumbledore's office, where you'll encounter magical artifacts like the Pensieve and the Sword of Gryffindor, along with a warm greeting from the headmaster himself!



โœจ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽฅ Did you know that Harry Potter's lightning bolt scar was applied a whopping 500 times by the makeup artist throughout the films? ๐Ÿ’ซ This made it the most expensive (smallest) makeup in the film industry! ๐Ÿ’ฐ โšก๏ธ๐ŸŽฌ #HarryPotterTrivia #MovieMagic


Next, head to the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione will pop up from under the invisibility cloak to share their plans. ๐Ÿ“šโš”๏ธ



After a quick visit to Gryffindor's common room via the Fat Lady's portrait, say hi to the Sorting Hat on your way to the Room of Requirement for your adventure. ๐ŸŽฉโœจ

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๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธThe Hogwarts Castle Tour is a hidden gem that not many know about, but you can ask about it as soon as you enter Hogwarts Castle. ๐Ÿฐโœจ This special experience allows you to explore parts of Hogwarts that aren't typically accessible in the ride queue. ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธIt's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself fully in the magic of Hogwarts! ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey


When it comes to thrills, buckle up for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journeyโ€”it's intense! But over in Hollywood, it's next-level intense because it's in 3D and HD! ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿคฉ Get ready to feel like you're flying with Harry and his friends in stunning detail! โœจ๐Ÿ•ถ๏ธ #ForbiddenJourneyFun


Did you know during the filming of the Harry Potter movies, Daniel Radcliffe went through over 160 pairs of glasses? ๐Ÿค“๐ŸŽฌ


๐ŸŽขโœจRiding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey feels like flying through scenes straight from your imagination! ๐Ÿช„๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ”ฎAs you fly through the Forbidden Forest, brace yourself for a run-in with the enormous Whomping Willow tree, its branches ready to clobber you!


๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’ฅHold on tight as Dementors swoop down during the Quidditch match, leading you on a chilling journey deep into the Chamber of Secrets. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’จAnd then... well, you'll just have to experience that for yourself! The story is identical in both places.๐Ÿคซโœจ #MagicalJourney #WizardingWorld

Flight of the Hippogriff


The queue for Flight of the Hippogriff is an adventure on its own, taking you through the twists and turns of the Forbidden Forest and past Hagridโ€™s cozy hut. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ  Did you know that the Flight of the Hippogriff's track stretches over 1,100 feet, with speeds reaching up to 29 MPH?



๐Ÿช„๐ŸŒ„ And here's the best part: the height requirement is just 36 inches! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฆ… It's a kid-friendly roller coaster, perfect for some easy, magical fun and it is present at both places! ๐ŸŽขโœจ The only difference is At the Flight of the Hippogriff ride in California, each rider has their own individual lap bar, while in Florida, the entire car shares one lap bar. ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿช„ Also, in Florida this ride would be at the Island of Adventure Park! ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ๏ธ

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ Hogsmeade


๐Ÿฐโœจ At Universal Studios Hollywood, Hogsmeade sits snugly among California's hills, offering breathtaking views.๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฌ



Meanwhile, over at Universal Orlando Resort, Hogsmeade sprawls out with more attractions, including the magical Hogwarts Express connecting to Diagon Alley. ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿ’ผ



Both locations offer the delightful Butterbeer experience without any magical spells needed! ๐Ÿบโœจ This tasty beverage comes in both cold and frozen versions, catering to every wizard's preference. And despite its name, Butterbeer is non-alcoholic!



๐Ÿป Pro Tip: Many agree that the Frozen version is even more delicious! โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ŒCosts about 8$-9$.


๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ Moreover, in Hollywood's Hogsmeade, you can also dine on classic British dishes like bangers and mash and shepherd's pie at the Three Broomsticks, which is a bit bigger than the one in Orlando. ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿฐ



At Dervish and Banges, one of the shops located on the Holywood Version, visitors can buy all sorts of Potter-themed merchandise! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ



๐Ÿช„ Explore the wonders of the Wizarding World and take home some magical souvenirs to cherish! โœจ๐Ÿฐ

๐Ÿช„ Olivanders Wand Shop


In Florida, there are two Ollivanders shopsโ€”one in Hogsmeade and one in Diagon Alley. But in California, there's only one, and it's extra special! ๐Ÿช„๐ŸŽ‰



When you enter the California Ollivanders, you're greeted with a main area filled with wand boxes. But here's the magic: a secret panel in the room opens up to reveal not one, but two wand ceremony rooms! ๐Ÿคฏโœจ You'd never guess there were two rooms! It's like a hidden surprise waiting to be discovered! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ”

๐Ÿ”ฎOllivander's Wand Experience


๐ŸŒŸIf you are buying a wand - go for the interactive one! ๐Ÿช„ It's pricier ($45-50), but worth it for the added magic in various locations in Hogsmeade. ๐Ÿ’ซ They provide a map with every wand, to complete every spell on the map one should consider about an hour at each park! โฑ๏ธ ๐Ÿช„๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ



We've uncovered two hidden wand spells near Hogsmeade Station, right after the Hogwarts Express in Universal Studio Hollywood.


Incendio: Casting this spell ignites the chimney nearby, and you can actually feel the warmth radiating from it! ๐Ÿ”ฅโœจ


Alohomora: When you perform this spell in front of the large door, it triggers a magical effectโ€”a dragon appears to pound on the door, and smoke billows out from below! ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ’จ


โœจ๐Ÿช„On the other hand, in Florida, across both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, you'll find 25 different locations where you can experience the enchantment of wand magic! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽฉ

Live Performances


Both locations offer outdoor shows featuring Hogwarts students and their singing frogs, along with characters from the Tri-Wizard Tournament! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿช„ Be sure to check the app for show times! ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐ŸŽถ



๐Ÿธ Frog Choir


Outside Hogwarts Castle, enjoy a cappella tunes with puppet frogs! Perfect for kids! ๐ŸŽถ



๐ŸŽช Triwizard Spirit Relay


Be dazzled by Beauxbatons' ribbon dances and Durmstrang's acrobatics! Snap pics with the performers afterward! ๐Ÿ“ธโœจ

๐Ÿš‚Hogwarts Express


๐Ÿช„๐ŸŒŸ A major difference between the two studios is Hogwarts Express itself. Hop aboard the Hogwarts Express in Orlando for a magical journey between Hogsmeade and King's Cross Station! ๐Ÿš‚โœจ



Traveling on the Hogwarts Express gives you two distinct experiences!


๐Ÿš‚ Departing from King's Cross Station feels like starting your first term at Hogwarts. Encounter friends, enjoy treats from the trolley, and watch out for Dementors.



Bunch of first years!


๐Ÿฐ Heading from Hogsmeade to London is a different adventure. Keep an eye out for familiar faces and the Malfoy Manor.



๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒŸ Each leg of the trip offers a unique experience, from the excitement of passing through Platform 9 ยพ to encountering beloved characters and magical creatures from the movies. ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‰


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To ride the Hogwarts Express from one park to another, you'll need either a 2 Park 2-Day ticket or a 2 Park 1-Day ticket. ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ๐Ÿš‚ This allows you to experience the magical journey between the parks aboard the iconic Hogwarts Express! โœจ


Conversely, in Holywood, the Hogwarts Express is a true-size model but not an actual train that you can ride on!

๐Ÿ™ Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade? Or Both?


Step right into both the wizarding wonders of the Harry Potter Movie at Universal Studios Orlando! Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade Village are both in the same place! ๐Ÿช„โœจ



In both places Hogsmeade is almost identical.๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจIn Diagon Alley, the cobblestone streets transport you into the heart of wizarding London, where every corner holds a magical surprise. ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ’ซ



๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ”ฅ The fiery dragon atop Gringotts Bank is a huge hit! Every 10-15 minutes, it breathes scorching flames at 3560ยฐF! ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ’จ Listen for the Ironbelly's growl just before the fire showโ€”it's your cue! ๐ŸŽ‡


From the iconic Ollivanders wand shop to the mischievous Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, the shops are brimming with enchanted treasures waiting to be discovered. ๐Ÿช„โœจ



๐ŸฐAs you wander through the bustling streets, you'll encounter towering buildings adorned with whimsical signs, each promising a unique adventure. ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ Peek into the windows of Flourish and Blotts, where shelves are stacked high with spellbinding books, or marvel at the intricate designs of magical artifacts in the windows of Borgin and Burkes. โœจ๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿฆ Gringotts Bank & Money Exchange



๐Ÿ›๏ธAnd don't forget to visit Gringotts Bank, where wizards stash their gold and secrets! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’ฐIn Diagon Alley, it's the fanciest building around, all marble and statues.



โœจ๐Ÿฆ Step into the grand lobby of Gringotts Bank, where busy goblins work tirelessly. Admire four stunning chandeliers with 62,000 sparkling crystals above! ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’ผ



Inside, it's bustling with wizards and witches doing their banking. ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ”’



๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎVisit the Gringotts Money Exchange to trade your muggle money for Gringotts Bank Notes. Use these special notes for purchases in Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and select places across Universal Orlando Resort. ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ›๏ธ



๐ŸŽข Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts


โœจ๐Ÿ—๏ธThere's more to Gringotts than deposits and withdrawals. It's also home to a super exciting ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿ”ฅ



๐ŸŽขโœจYou will be surrounded by stunning 360-degree sets, with mind-blowing 4K digital animation all around you.



It's like stepping right into the heart of the Harry Potter movies! Hop on to the elevator and zoom through the bank's tunnels, dodging dragons and trolls! ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŒŸ

Haque's EYE

The ride felt too short. It seemed to begin and end quickly. So it did not add any value to my visit to Orlando, Universal Studio. Again it is just my personal opinion!

๐Ÿ Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure


๐ŸŽข "Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure" is an iconic ride exclusively at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.



๐Ÿฆ‰๐ŸŒฟ Step into Hagrid's cozy hut in the queue for the ride! ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒณ Enjoy the warm firelight and the enchanting atmosphere of the Forbidden Forest.๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ



๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธExplore its rustic charm, adorned with magical treasures like Dragon Eggs, Dragon Skin Hand Gloves, and peculiar cages for mystical creatures. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฎ



๐Ÿฐ As you journey through the Forbidden Forest, you'll come face to face with Hagrid himself! ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจHagrid's incredibly realistic appearance is thanks to Universal's groundbreaking human-like animated figure technology! ๐ŸŒŸ



๐Ÿฐ This thrilling roller coaster takes you through the Forbidden Forest, meeting magical creatures and sights from Harry Potter. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ And get thisโ€”over 1,200 real trees were utilized to craft this enchanted forest setting! ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฐ Sadly, you can't experience this ride in Hollywood's Wizarding World. ๐Ÿ˜”



๐Ÿ˜ฑ As you glide along the longest coaster in the state, spanning nearly a mile at 5,050 feet, brace yourself for a jaw-dropping 65-foot catapult that sends you soaring at over a 70-degree angle before plunging backward in one electrifying motion! ๐ŸŒด



๐ŸŽข And that's not allโ€”this coaster is the world's most launched, boasting 7 heart-pounding launches! ๐Ÿš€ Prepare for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime with the first free-fall vertical drop in the U.S., plummeting nearly 17 feet! Uooff...๐Ÿคฏ



Another cool feature about this ride is you can go to Universal Orlando's Website and download all the cool posters, like the one in the picture, from here!

๐ŸšŒ Knight Bus


๐Ÿฐ๐ŸšŒ Find the Knight Bus parked outside Diagon Alley! At Universal Orlando, the Knight Bus isn't just a propโ€”it's an interactive experience!



Step inside and chat with the Knight Bus conductor and the talking shrunken head for an immersive encounter straight out of the movies. ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ’ฌ

๐Ÿ’ฅBONUS!


Don't miss out on the nighttime light show at Hogwarts Castleโ€”it's an absolute must-see at Universal Studios! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿฐ


In both locations, no matter the season, Hogwarts' nighttime shows start at dusk and run every 20 minutes until park close! ๐ŸŒ™โœจ Rain or shine, they'll go on, unless there's severe weather. โ›ˆ๏ธ


Haque's EYE

Triwizard Spirit Rally/Frog Choir stage offers the best view, but it gets crowded. ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŽชTry to go on a weekday or catch the last shows for fewer crowds and an optimal experience. ๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒŸFor best photo opportunity Stand close to the rail and do not use Flash! ๐ŸŒ‰

Whether you're in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort is pure magic! โœจ Each place brings J.K. Rowling's world to life in its own special way, inviting fans of all ages to dive into Harry's adventures. So grab your wand and get ready for a journey full of fun, friendship, and enchantment! ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฐ


Will come agian with lots of useful tips about some other corner of the World, so stay tuned with Haque's EYE and Happy Travelling!



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