Visit Universal Studios Harry Potter World for Harry’s Birthday!
When the Universal Studios Harry Potter World first opened in 2010, it was the biggest attraction to enter the Orlando theme park for many years. A decade later, the area continues to be one of the most popular hot spots for fans from around the globe.
The character of Harry Potter celebrates his birthday on July 31st, which makes this the perfect time to join the festivities. Let’s take a look at some tips and secrets that even seasoned visitors may not realize.
Show Up Early or Stay Until Dusk to Avoid Long Lines
Since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is so popular, it doesn’t take too much time before the lines get really long for it. The best strategy is to head there first before the crowd gets too intense. Your other option is to wait until after dusk when the lines will start to die down again.
Mention He Who Shall Not Be Named (Voldemort)
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Universal Studios Harry Potter World is the amount of immersion into the stories that you’ll experience at every turn. The staff is a huge part of what makes this possible. We implore you to mention Voldemort’s name to a few of the workers and see how they react to He Who Shall Not Be Named.
Ask the King’s Cross Station Staff About Harry Potter
The staff members at King’s Cross Station assume the role of muggles, which everyone knows are non-magical types. They have no knowledge of Harry Potter, Hogwarts, or the Hogwarts Express. Just for fun, ask them a few questions and discover this for yourself. No matter how hard you try to explain, they’ll never believe you.
Use the Red Telephone Booth Outside King’s Cross
Outside the King’s Cross Station in the Universal Studios Harry Potter World sits a red telephone booth. Most visitors believe that this is nothing more than a prop and they just walk on past. Instead, enter the booth and dial MAGIC (62442) on the phone inside. You’ll be immediately connected to someone from the Ministry of Magic.
Listen for Dragons Roaring to See Them Spit Real Fire
At some point, while you’re walking around the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’ll hear the roar of dragons in the distance. When this happens, head over to Gringotts in Daigon Alley and you’ll see a gigantic, winged lizard breathing real fire. Even though the creature is nothing more than decoration, the sight can be quite astonishing.
Exchange Your Money with the Goblin at Gringotts
In the first book/movie, one of the first significant locations that Harry Potter comes into contact with is Gringotts Wizarding Bank. This is the only bank in the wizarding world and it’s run entirely by goblins. The neat thing about this bank is that the goblin who’s there will happily exchange money for you as long as you’re polite and don’t call him an elf.
Take Time to Send Real Postcards from the Owl Post
If you want to have a bit of fun with your kids, stop by the Owl Post and mail a postcard or two. You can either purchase postcards there or bring your own. Stamps are available, too, including special Hogsmeade stamps for decoration. Then, fill them out, drop them in the box, and the owls will do the rest.
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