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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade

You'll find magical spells, dark villains and daring heroes at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, which is located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Venture inside Hogwarts™ castle, eat at the Three Broomsticks™ and come face-to-face with magical creatures as you soar over the castle on the thrilling ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™.

Travel between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by riding the Hogwarts™ Express# between Hogsmeade Station at Universal's Islands of Adventure and London at Universal Studios Florida!

Top Things to Do at Hogsmeade

Mum and daughter in a candy shop at Hogsmeade
  • Ride the Hogwarts™ Express# between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
  • Taste Butterbeer™ and Pumpkin Juice™: Head to the Three Broomsticks™ and the Hog's Head™ pub to sample some iconic wizarding food and drinks!
  • Send a letter from the Owl Post™ and get it stamped with the Hogsmeade™ postmark!
  • Ride a dragon on an intertwining rollercoaster chase across the sky with the Dragon Challenge™
  • Stock up on Hogwarts™ school supplies and magic sweets at the shops in Hogsmeade™ Village
  • See a wand choose its wizard at Ollivanders™ wand shop

 Top Tip

If you’re planning to ride the Hogwarts™ Express#, it’s a good idea to start off at the park where you think you’ll spend the least time, as once you’ve taken the train journey between parks you’ll probably be staying in the second park until closing time.

Don’t forget – the train journeys are different depending which way you’re travelling, so next time you visit you can take the train the opposite way!

Family drinking at Honeydukes

To make the very most of your time here we recommend splitting your visit into two half days:

This should also give you the opportunity to travel between parks on the Hogwarts™ Express#!

  • Day 1: Get here early in the morning and head for the rides first. People tend to rush to explore the streets of Hogsmeade™ first, so this is the time when the ride queues should be shortest.
  • Day 2: Visit in the afternoon or evening, when it’s cooler to wander around and the lights give everything a magical atmosphere.
Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade

The Hogwarts Express*

It’s what every Harry Potter fan dreams about – you can actually take a real train journey on a replica of the Hogwarts™ Express#!

The Hogwarts™ Express# connects the two lands, so when you take the journey you’ll be travelling from one Universal Orlando theme park to the other. Even the departing “train stations” are true to the Harry Potter books and films, with the train going between Hogsmeade™ Station in Universal's Islands of Adventure and Platform 9¾™ at King's Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida.

Depending on which way you’re travelling, the views out of the windows will be different! You’ll have views of the English countryside and London, as well as some unexpected surprises along the way! (Remember, you'll need a Bonus Ticket in order to ride the Hogwarts™ Express#)

Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

When your day at Hogsmeade comes to an end, the magic continues as the iconic Hogwarts™ castle is completely transformed into a stunning spectacle!

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle is a breathtaking experience, with state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects and lights wrapping Hogwarts castle to celebrate all four houses - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

The pride and iconic elements from each house will come to life in a dazzling display set to enchanting music based on the original scores in the Harry Potter films.

Catch The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle on select nights throughout 2018

Rides at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

On a roller coaster at Hogsmeade

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

  Min Height: 48”/4ft/122cm

This thrilling adventure ride takes you through the familiar classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and flying high over the castle with Harry Potter™ and his friends. You'll visit iconic locations from the movies, and come face-to-face with all kinds of magical creatures!

Flight of the Hippogriff

  Min Height: 36”/3ft/92cm

This family coaster is modelled on the Hippogriff itself - a magnificent, magical creature with the head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse.

You’ll start off at Hagrid’s hut, before taking a "training flight" as the coaster swoops and spirals around the pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to bow as you approach the 'real' Hippogriff!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Shops at Hogsmeade

Dervish and Banges

This is where to shop for your Hogwarts™ supplies and more magical items!

Our favourite buys from Dervish and Banges™:

  • Quidditch™ equipment – including Golden Snitches and brooms!
  • Hogwarts™ school uniforms
  • The Monster Book of Monsters
  • Quidditch™ equipment and Hogwarts uniforms including robes, ties, and scarves.
  • Sneakoscopes
  • Spectrespecs

Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods

Take a peek inside this captivating grotto and you’ll see all kinds of weird and wonderful confiscated items from the world of wizards!

You’ll also find movie prop replicas including Death Eater masks, character walking sticks and themed chess sets, as well as Hogwarts™ and Quidditch™ clothing and more.

 Top Tip

This is also where you can purchase a photo of your experience on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™.

Honeydukes

Stock up on enchanted goodies at Harry, Ron and Hermione’s favourite sweet shop!

Our favourite sweets to get from Honeydukes:

  • Acid Pops
  • Exploding Bonbons
  • Cauldron Cakes
  • Fizzing Whizzbees
  • Chocolate Frogs™
  • Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans™

Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC

The place where Harry Potter™ was first chosen by his wand!

Make sure you get to see (or even take part in) the wand experience, where a few lucky guests have the opportunity to try out a few spells with various wands until the right wand chooses them!

You can also pick up a replica of the Harry Potter™ film characters' wands, or even a collectors’ wand set – there’s a lot of wands to choose from!

The Owl Post

Send a letter with a special Hogsmeade™ postmark! You can also buy stationery here, and lots of owl stuff!

Restaurants at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Three Broomsticks

In this cavernous restaurant you can feast on meals like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, macaroni cheese and their speciality, the "Great Feast Platter"!

And make sure you leave some room for the scrummy desserts, which include apple pie, strawberry and peanut-butter ice-cream and chocolate trifle.

Hog’s Head Pub

Raise a glass in the pub that was used as a secret meeting place for Dumbledore’s Army!

In the Hog’s Head you can sample a Harry Potter favourite – Butterbeer™! They also serve Pumpkin Juice, as well as a more standard selection of drinks.

 Top Tip

Look out for the large stuffed hog's head behind the bar which is known to snarl at guests!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Facts

Hogsmeade Opening Hours

 Opens: 9am
Closes: Depending on season

If you require specific times we recommend to check with the park before you visit.

Hogsmeade Parking

You can use the Universal Orlando Resort car park, which is under-cover and has travelators, escalators and lifts for getting around.

Parking Prices:

Car or Motorcycle

  $20

Preferred Parking

  $30

RV or Bus

  $22

After 6pm

  FREE*

*Except on Halloween Horror Nights

 Parking Tip

You are welcome to leave the car park and return the same day without paying again – just make sure you keep your parking ticket with you as you will need to show it at the toll plaza when you re-enter.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

  • All dining and shopping facilities at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ are wheelchair accessible.
  • All queues are accessible to guests using manual wheelchairs. There are specific boarding requirements and accommodations for those using wheelchairs at each attraction. The attractions at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ have dramatic movements so guests using manual wheelchairs must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle seating with assistance from another member of their party.
  • For guests using Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV’s) or motorized wheelchairs, none of the ride vehicles or attraction queues at Universal Orlando can accommodate these, with the exception of the Hogwarts™ Express. At those rides which can accommodate manual wheelchairs, guests may transfer from their ECV or motorized wheelchair into a manual transfer wheelchair that is provided at each location.

Vision Disabilities

Scripts outlining the dialogue in many of the attraction experiences are available in large font and embossed in Braille at the Guest Services lobby at both Universal Orlando®theme parks.

Prosthetic Limbs

Guests must remove all prosthetic limbs before riding the following attractions to prevent hazards or loss due to ride forces:

  • Dragon Challenge™

Guests should properly secure or remove all prosthetic limbs before riding the following attractions to prevent hazards or loss due to ride forces:

  • Flight of the Hippogriff™
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™

Any guest with prosthetic arms or hands will be required to ensure the limb is properly attached and able to grasp the ride restraint. Certain hand, arm, leg, and joint elements may be required to ride safely.

Getting to Hogsmeade

 Address: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

Directions to Hogsmeade:

From I-4 Eastbound (Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):

  • Take I-4 East to exit 75A
  • Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage

From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):

  • Take I-4 West to exit 74B
  • Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage

From Orlando International Airport:

  • Take SR-528 West 11 miles to I-4 East
  • Take I-4 East 2 miles to exit 75A
  • Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage

What food can I bring into Hogsmeade?

Because there are some great places to eat and drink at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, bringing your own food is generally discouraged. However there are some items that you are allowed to bring with you. Please see below for a full list of acceptable and prohibited items:

Prohibited items

  • Picnics
  • Food that requires heating or refrigeration
  • Alcohol
  • Glass containers
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Soft-sided coolers measuring over 8.5" x 6" x 6"
  • Coolers, suitcases or any bags with wheels
  • Folding chairs
  • Clothing with offensive language or content
  • Clothing that represents someone as emergency personnel

Acceptable items

  • Bottled water
  • Baby food & baby formula
  • Small snacks that do not require heating
  • Any food required for special dietary needs
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically–indicated nutritional supplements
  • Soft-sided insulated bags no bigger than 8.5" wide x 6" high x 6" deep

Please be advised that all bags and personal items are subject to inspection

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*To ride the Hogwarts™ Express you need a ticket that includes admission to both Universal Orlando® theme parks. This is included with all Universal Orlando™ Tickets booked through FloridaTix

**Prices subject to change without notice.

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