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Things to buy before going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
So, you’re looking for things to buy before going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, shopping is part of the experience!
I don’t know if all the gold in Gringott’s could buy you one of everything (it probably could) but don’t worry, you don’t have to buy everything.
You can buy some Wizarding World must-haves before you even leave your house.
Many of the products on this list are even officially licensed and, in some cases, the exact same product as you’ll find in Universal.
I also posted about 7 things to buy at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Make sure to check it out after you finish this one. If you enjoy this post, you’ll also love my Universal Orlando Planning Guide.
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Sadly, they do not have flying cars but you don’t pay until arrival so if you find a flying car elsewhere, you can cancel at any time. 🙂
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I purchased a $25 string backpack at Universal, and I’ll be honest, it’s not any better than the $10 string bags.
Save yourself a few bucks and buy those before you go. If you need a larger backpack, buy one before you leave.
There are a lot of fun backpacks and large bags at Universal, but you can get the same bags cheaper online. I love the Loungefly mini backpacks because they fit perfectly in the free Universal lockers.
Don’t bring a larger bag than you have to. Most of the free lockers will not accommodate a more substantial bag.
You’ll either have to pay for a locker or leave your items with a non-rider. Another hint is that you can wear a fanny pack, or hip bag, on many of the rides at Universal!
Just make sure that it has a 3-prong closer and many rides will allow you to keep it on. If you can fit everything you need in a hip pack, you might not even need a locker.
2. T-shirts, hats, socks, etc.
I recommend buying robes at the Wizarding World, but you can buy your t-shirts, hats, and other clothing before leaving.
Now, if you have a big family or don’t feel like shelling out $100+ for a robe, you can buy those before you go too. We bought robes from Amazon for Halloween one year, and they’ve held up very well.
There are lots of Univeral-themed shirts on Amazon. You’ll find everything from Harry Potter to Jurassic Park and more.
Universal Studios has a lot of lanyards, but only a few for the Wizarding World. If you want a unique lanyard, there are plenty on Amazon.
For even more options, check out the best lanyards for Universal.
Almost everyone at Universal will be wearing a lanyard! It’s just handy for carrying your passes, license, credit cards, etc.
4. Universal Resort
You can’t buy the resort, but I would consider staying at a Universal Resort. Resort guests can access the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a full hour before the park opening.
You’ll also be able to get to the park much quicker, thanks to Universal’s excellent transportation.
Universal recently opened two Endless Summer “value” level resorts that will work within almost any budget. Surfside Inn and Suites opened in 2019, and Dockside Inn and Suites finally opened in late 2020.
For families, I highly recommend the Cabana Bay Resort. The pricing is great, and it offers a lot of amenities for families.
5. Park to Park ticket
You need to buy a park-to-park ticket before heading to Harry Potter World. A park-to-park ticket is the only way you can ride the Hogwarts Express!
If you want more Universal tips and tricks, check out 20 things to know before going to Universal.
I recommend purchasing tickets through a certified Universal Travel Agent (like me) or a trusted supplier like Undercover Tourist.
There are a lot of scams, and a lot of the “deals” you’ll find end up before an all-day timeshare presentation, so just be mindful of that when you’re looking for tickets.
Here’s a little advice about Florida: it rains!! It rains, and it rains a lot.
It will probably rain in the afternoon, especially if you visit during summer. Instead of seeking cover or heading back to your hotel, bring a poncho!
You’ll want to bring one because they’re very pricey at the park. You can also bring an umbrella, but I find that it’s easier to pack a poncho.
7. Muggle Money
Bring your muggle money, and bring a lot! There are many things that you’re still going to want to buy while visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
You can also exchange your Muggle money for Gringott’s notes, which is a lot of fun! Check out my 25 Wizarding World tips for more fun ideas for your visit.
What to buy before going to Harry Potter World
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I highly recommend buying your tickets through Undercover Tourist. There are a lot of really scammy sites out there, so make sure you’re booking through an approved partner (like Undercover Tourist,) or an approved Travel Agent.
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