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Secrets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (sometimes called Harry Potter World) is magical on its own.
However, it’s even more magical when you know some of the hidden secrets at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I have a Universal Orlando planning guide, so make sure to check it out when you’re finished here. I also have a post about what to pack for Universal, and The best bags for Universal Studios so don’t forget to check those out for more Universal tips.
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Secrets
Now, let’s get right into the secrets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
1. Ride the Hogwart’s Express both ways
This isn’t really a secret, but make sure you ride the Hogwart’s Express in both directions. A valid park-to-park ticket is required.
Oh, and by the way, don’t call it a “Park Hopper” ticket. We aren’t at Disney here. 😉 Everyone will know you’re a Universal newb if you call your ticket a park hopper!
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The experience from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade is different than the experience from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley, so you’ll want to try both.
2. The Wands are actually magical
The wands that you can purchase at Ollivander’s (and other spots around the park) are truly magical! They do not run on batteries and will last forever. Or, at least for a very long time.
If you have a problem with your wand, have no fear. Mr. Garrick Ollivander guarantees his wands for life. Just bring your wand into Ollivander’s and a wizard will fix or replace it.
3. You can trade Chocolate Frog cards
Everyone loves chocolate frogs, but be careful because these large chunks of chocolate melt quickly in the Orlando heat. 😉
One of the lesser-known secrets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is that you can actually trade your frog cards.
There are 10 cards total, so you’ll likely end up with some duplicates. Ask the witches and wizards in Honeydukes if they have the card you want if you receive a duplicate.
Here are the cards that are currently available:
- Albus Dumbledore
- Godric Gryffindor
- Helga Hufflepuff
- Rowena Ravenclaw
- Salazar Slytherin
- Hengist of Woodcroft
- Gilderoy Lockhart
- Jocunda Sykes
- Devlin Whitehorn
- Bertie Bott
If you’re not a fan of chocolate or card trading, do not fear; Honeyduke’s offers something for everyone! We share some of the allergy-friendly candy in NEW Vegan food at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
4. Get a surprise from Moaning Myrtle in the restroom at Hogsmeade
If you listen carefully, you’ll hear Moaning Myrtle in the restrooms in Hogsmeade. This isn’t really one of the secrets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but it is a lot of fun!
5. Listen to the vanishing cabinet in Borgin and Burke’s in Knockturn Alley
This is one of the secrets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that only true fans will understand.
If you listen carefully at Borgin and Burke’s in Knockturn Alley, you’ll hear a surprise that calls back to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Do you remember how Malfroy was trying to fix the cabinet in the Room of Requirement? If not, maybe you should read the books and find out for yourself.
If you’re more of a movie person, have no fear. I have a blog post with 30+ moves to watch before going to Universal, including the Harry Potter movies, of course.
6. The Hogwarts Express is the only way to bring alcohol between the two parks
Fun fact for witches and wizards over the age of 21, the Hogwarts Express is the only way to bring alcohol in between the two parks! You can even purchase a beer while waiting in line for the Hogwarts Express. For kids and anyone who doesn’t drink, feel free to bring your Butterbeer or Pumpkin Juice along for the ride!.
7. Exchange your muggle money
You can exchange your muggle money for Gringotts notes at the Gringotts Money Exchange. Don’t forget to talk to the goblin first, he actually answers your questions!
The Gringotts notes are a fun souvenir but can also be used in Diagon Alley and throughout many other shops in Universal.
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Secrets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
There you have it, 7 secrets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Did you learn anything new? I know that the Wizarding World has many more secrets, so feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.
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Where to stay at Universal Orlando
I highly recommend staying at a Universal Orlando resort. There are options for every budget from those wanting an inexpensive place to stay (Endless Summer) to those who want the best of the best (Portofino Bay.)
All Universal Resorts come with early park entry and free transportation to and from the parks.
The Premier level resorts, which are Hard Rock, Portofino Bay, and Royal Pacific, also include a free Express Pass for all guests and preferred seating at restaurants throughout Universal.
I highly recommend any of these resorts, as the Express Pass can be very valuable on a busy day.
Check out current pricing for all Universal Resorts can be found here:
- Hard Rock Hotel
- Loews Portofino Bay
- Loews Royal Pacific
- Aventura Hotel
- Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
- Cabana Bay Beach Resort
- Universal Endless Summer Resorts – Dockside Inn and Suites and Seaside Inn and Suites.
Where to buy Universal tickets
If you don’t work with a Travel Agent (contact me here to do that!) I highly recommend buying your tickets through Undercover Tourist. There are many really scammy sites out there, so make sure you’re booking through an approved partner like Undercover Tourist.
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