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Photo & Video Tour: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Part 2

Now that we have toured Diagon Alley over at Universal Studios Florida (in Part 1 of this series here) let's hop on the Hogwarts Express and head over to Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure.


Welcome to Hogsmeade! This snow-capped village is on the outskirts of the wonderful wizarding school of Hogwarts.


The Hogs Head is a favorite to stop for a beverage and a break in the AC in the hot summer months.  You can get the favorite, Butterbeer here or opt for a Hogs Head Brew.


There are also many options to stop for a Pumpkin Juice, which can also make a great souvenir!

As you make your way down the bustling streets, you will come upon the magnificent Hogwarts!  For thrill seekers, this is where you can ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, but if you wish, you can still walk through the queue to see Hogwarts and all the amazing details that have gone into this.  Just ask a Hogwarts student at the end of the queue to show you the exit.  You will find the Sorting Hat and other fun surprises throughout the queue, it's almost an attraction in itself!

At the end of the attraction and throughout Hogsmeade there are a ton of great shopping options.  You can purchase items to show off your house pride, Hogwarts Alumni status, and much more!

For a more family-friendly attraction, head over to Flight of the Hippogriff.  This small coaster is a great option for those who are testing their courage.  Again, the queue here has a ton of great details and you will get some awesome views from the coaster ride too!
Hagrid's Hut 
View from Flight of the Hippogriff

Of course we can't forget the Wizarding World's newest addition, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.  At time of writing, this attraction still has several hour waits regularly, but our agents who have rode it LOVED it and say it is absolutely worth the wait!





After you've gotten your fill of thrills, don't forget to check out some of the entertainment the area has to offer, like the Frog Choir!



The area takes on a different personality at night.  Don't miss the projection show on the castle if you are able!




What is your favorite part of Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure?  Let us know in the comments below!

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