Monday, March 14, 2016

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in California



If you are a fan of the "Harry Potter" Books and Movies, then you will enjoy visiting "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios in California.

When you enter into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the first thing on the right is the Hogwarts Express.  It is really fun to see in person.  There was even a cool map of the Hogshead station on the wall.

Additionally, Universal Studios has really paid attention to detail in this park.  From the store windows to the Hogsmead sign, letting visitors know they have entered the small town.

The store fronts are bright and filled with colorful merchandise. One of the wonderful things about the new "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is that the stores inside of that area maintain the Harry Potter theme.  I was so impressed to see so much merchandise that featured only the Harry Potter theme.  You will not see bandaids, batteries, films, etc. displayed in any of the shops in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, if you really need them, they can be found in a shop right outside Harry Potter land.  It is just refreshing to see that Universal Studios put so much thought into this park and maintaining the magic of Harry Potter for its visitors.

We started our visit with a quick visit to Honeydukes to check out the candy selection. Half the fun of visiting Honeydukes and Zonkos is the employees.  They are dressed in Wizard clothing and actually interact with the guests (while keeping in character).  They really made the visit fun. The young lady below was showing us the chocolate frogs and asking you guests which house they belonged to.
She really made young guests feel important.
Beyond Chocolate Frogs, there was so much more to be found.  We loved the chocolate wands which came in dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
 The Chocolate Cauldrons were also quite special. They were around the size of a large apple.

Here are some more fun items like Jelly Slugs and Pumpkin Juice.




One of our favorite characters from the movies, were the the Weasley Twins who opened the famous Zonko Store.

Inside the store you can find some really fun products.


The employees at this store are equally as fun and happy assist in the search for

 Luna Lovegood's "Pygmy Puff'.

They even carried the Weasley Twins Extendable Ear which is a working listening device for those


who want to magnify the exciting sounds of those enjoying the park.    It is a small store that is really packed with merchandise.


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