The Harry Potter bucket list

When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Orlando resort in 2010, the fans went mad. For so long, they had waited for Harry s world to become real and they were finally starting to see their dreams come true. The Harry Potter Bucket ListSince then, it s expanded to become a double attraction in two interlinking parks, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the Harry Potter experience. So what are the must do s at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando?

Choose your wand

As Ollivander said, the wand chooses the wizard, so when you step into his shop in Diagon Alley, be prepared for an interactive experience.

A Wandkeeper will hand you a selection of wands, so you can choose the right one or rather, the wand can choose you. The Harry Potter Bucket ListWho knows whether you ll end up with dragon heartstring like Hermione, or unicorn hair like Ron? Find out at Ollivander s and purchase the wand that chooses you. Don t forget to use your map and find out where you can cast real spells around Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade!

Visit Hogsmeade first

With the two sections of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter now being interlinked, you re best off starting your adventure in Hogsmeade. The Florida heat is punishing, so as the day wears on, you ll want to head for cooler areas, which leads you nicely to Diagon Alley. The Harry Potter Bucket ListCatch the Hogwarts Express and you ll find it s a little bit cooler on your arrival to Diagon Alley, with areas designed to keep the witches and wizards at a more comfortable temperature.

Exchange your money at Gringotts

The world famous wizard bank allows you to trade in your Muggle money for Gringotts banknotes. Head to Carkitt Market, enter the bank and speak to the goblin awaiting you. Ask him anything you like and he ll give you an answer. The Harry Potter Bucket ListOnce you ve got your wizard money, you can spend it almost anywhere within the Universal parks, so head over to the Three Broomsticks for a drink.

Grab a bite to eat at the Leaky Cauldron

You can eat at either the pub in Diagon Alley or the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade both serve traditional British pub food. Make sure you wash it down with a good old butterbeer as well. You can choose to have it warm, cold or frozen, giving you three very different versions of this wizarding favourite. If you re feeling brave, try a Green Fishy Ale from the Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley.

It looks a tad strange, but tastes amazing!

Fly with dragons

The Harry Potter Bucket ListNot for the faint-hearted, the Dragon Challenge sees a Chinese Fireball and Hungarian Horntail race each other through the sky. These dual roller coasters will make you feel like you re riding a dragon as they twist and turn, flipping you every which way. If you re an adrenaline junkie, the Dragon Challenge should be at the top of your bucket list.

Go shopping

You can visit the dark and mysterious Knockturn Alley and see the vanishing cabinet in Borgin and Burkes, or pop into Dervish and Banges for all of your Hogwarts essentials like robes and your copy of the Monster Book of Monsters . Take a stroll to Honeydukes, where you can stock up on your favourites like Fizzing Whizbees, Chocolate Frogs and of course, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans. Finish the day with Weasleys Wizard Wheezes, the ONLY place to buy all of your joke gifts and gadgets!

The Harry Potter Bucket ListThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter brings the magic to life for everyone both young and old. Whether you re going with your family, as a couple or even with a group of friends, you ll be fascinated, amazed and completely hooked by everything that Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley has to offer. Be sure to book the park-to-park tickets for Universal, so that you can absorb every single bit of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and make it a core part of your Discount Holidays © holiday to Florida.

Bon Voyage can help you with booking your Discount Holidays © holiday of a lifetime to Florida and we ll recommend the best hotels to stay in, the best restaurants to eat in, and even give you a recommended itinerary so that you can squeeze in everything Orlando has to offer.

To book your 2016 Florida holiday, or for a last-minute trip this year, contact Bon Voyage and one of our Discount Holidays © holiday specialists will tell you everything you need to know.

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