For Harry Potter fans, visiting Hogsmeade is the dream, but you might be wondering what to do there. Here are 8 Hogsmeade must dos for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood.
8. Try Butterbeer Ice Cream
This appears at the bottom of the list because on my last trip to Universal Studios in Hollywood I finally managed to try it, and I didn’t find it to be anything special. Well, I recommend getting it at least once to tick that box, I wouldn’t waste my money on it a second time.
Ollivander’s is a magical experience if it is your first time seeing it or if you’ve got a child in your party around the age of 11. It is one of three shows in Hogsmeade, and while everyone should see it once, it is not going to be worth the wait on followup trips. The line can get very long.
6. Flight of the Hippogriff
Flight of the Hippogriff is a small roller coaster designed for children. It lasts about 30 seconds. While it is a must do at least once, on busy days, the line can get very long, and it is not worth the wait on those days. Make sure you ride it on your first trip, but after that, wait for slower days when the wait is less.
5. Triwizard Tournament
Triwizard Tournament is the second of the three shows featured in Hogsmeade. In Hollywood, there is no scheduled (at least none I could find, nor something staff have been able to inform on). But, rather, it occurs sporadically throughout the day. I’ve never stayed long enough to see if there is more than one show.
The show features the ladies of Beaxbatons and the proud sons of Durmstrang doing their dance and gymnastics show.
4. Frog Choir
The Frog Choir is one of my favorite shows at Universal Studios. I’ve only seen it once, at Christmas, but I hope to see it at some point during the rest of the year. I want to see the other versions of it.
3. Try All Three Types of Butterbeer
You cannot visit Hogsmeade without trying butterbeer, and there are three types: hot, cold, and frozen. I’ve tried all three, and I don’t really have a preference–they were all amazing.
2. Cast a Spell or Two
What better way to feel like a witch or wizard than to use your own interactive wand to cast a spell? The wands are interchangeable between Orlando and Hollywood (I bought mine in Orlando, and I use it in Hollywood). There are, however, fewer spells available in Hollywood, and they do not always work if it is very sunny.
They are also very challenging to cast–you have to get the wand movement exactly right, but it’s worth the challenge!
1. Harry’s Forbidden Journey
Harry’s Forbidden Journey is the main attraction in Hogsmeade and a definite must do. I mean really, why else go to an amusement park if not to ride rides?
There are a few caveats to this one though. First, if you get motion sickness, you need to be careful with this ride, especially when it is hot out. I don’t usually get sick on rides, this one included, but I’ve had two occasions when the weather was hot that it made me feel queasy.
Second, the seats must click twice. From what I’ve read, women size 16 and below should be fine, but I do not remember the size restrictions for men. When in doubt, use the test seats out front.
Finally, you will have to stow your things in a locker. Fanny packs and small crossbody purses are fine to go on the ride, but that’s it.
PRO-TIP: After riding the first time and on busy days, use the single rider line. Your party will be split up, but you will almost walk onto the ride, even on a busy day. On my last trip there, the wait was 90 minutes or 2 hours, and I rode it twice within a span of 15 minutes.
What are your favorite things to do in Hogsmeade? Comment below.
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