The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood *Review*

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Hello lovely people!

I wanted to write my first review about something near and dear to my heart.  Anyone that knows me knows that I am a Harry Potter fanatic!  So the other day when my best friend Karen called and said that the Wizarding World was open early I grabbed my wand and jumped at the chance to go.  Fortunately for me I have a season pass.  Well worth the money if you ask me (especially with as many times as I go lol)!

Anyways, the official grand opening is not until April 7th and so I figured that they would be doing a soft opening in March.  Well lo and behold I spoke with someone in management when I got there and he said that they decided to do a soft opening for the public early and at the last minute (I went on February 14th)!  No complaints from me!  It would be an opportunity for them to work out the kinks on the rides and with operations.

So the big question is, “How does it compare to the one in Orlando”?

Well, honestly they did a wonderful job with it! I had my reservations because I knew that they would be dealing with a lack of space. Granted, it really helped them knocking out the Gibson Amphitheatre.  The attention to detail is superb and it really is almost exactly like the one in Orlando (which i’ve been to multiple times). There are a few obvious differences though.  There is no Diagon Alley… just Hogsmeade. The one that is most disappointing to me was no Dragon Challenge (It’s the awesome double rollercoaster in Orlando that is a part of the Triwizard Tournament). Understandable though due to lack of space. That’s why there are no big roller coasters on property. Just not enough space. The other differences are actually good in my opinion! The best was that the Forbidden Journey is updated and is way better than Orlando! The ride is now in 3D and you wear goggles and actually feel like you are flying on Quidditch brooms! The wait was a bit long and the ride did stop in the middle of it (remember those kinks they are working out?) but they let us ride it again right away since that happened! Also while waiting in line for that ride there was the flying car off to the side which is unique to this park. Also the grand entrance to Hogwarts is different from Orlando in that the main opening to the school is a big offset from the line opening. But they did have something that was cool and that was the lit up words in script that say the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” at the entrance! My best friend and her husband (who accompanied me) said that is their new favorite ride at this park! Another thing that was noticeable was the awesome friendliness from all of those working in this part of the park. They went above and beyond to make sure you have a good experience there! Sadly I did not get a chance to eat at the Three Broomsticks (which always has amazing food) but I did grab a Butterbeer and it was oh so refreshing! I will most definitely be coming back and I recommend that you bring the entire family and come out too! Your kids will love it!

*waves wand* Obliviate!

Now you can go and create your own opinion of the park… Enjoy!

P.S. I’ve uploaded some pics from my trip below if you’d like to check it out!

-Brandi Garcia

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