Harry Potter Fanatic.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Last year I was lucky enough to visit both The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Although I'm no die hard fan, I do adore the books and the films a huge amount. I want Ron's babies & dream of getting my letter from Hogwarts ♥

In September, Sam and I had the best holiday of our lives to Orlando Florida. We were both excited to visit WWOHP as it was new since our last trip, and looked pretty awesome from all the press and photographs we'd seen of it. Wizarding World is in the Islands of Adventure Park, in the Universal Studios resort. Over the two days we visited both parks, we decided to stay in the Hard Rock Hotel (can not recommend enough!!) and so we were able to get into   WWOHP before all the other people, as a perk of staying "on site". We used this well, turning up at check in super early and getting down there to a pretty quiet park.
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If you are ever in Orlando and visiting the parks, then you'd honestly be a fool to miss this. They've mixed Diagon Alley and Hogsmead together, to make a lovely village of cute shops selling amazing gifts and goodies. You walk up to the castle, which honestly looks amazing. I whole place took my breathe away a little, and I was very excited to be there and soak up all the little details, that are done very well. 
Inside of Hogwarts is the "main ride", which I personally didn't think a lot of. I was also disappointed that you couldn't just walk around the whole castle, as a feature in itself, and take photos and enjoy it. You do see parts as you queue for the ride, but that just wasn't enough for me (and camera's technically weren't allowed). 
I adore what the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is, but I do think they could make a lot more of it. Expansion needs to happen, but now no more films and books are being released I'm unsure if this will come about. 

In December we the visited the Harry Potter Studio Tour, as a little Christmas treat. There has been a huge amount of photos and blog post on the tour and it looked great, once we got back from Florida, we knew it was a must.
We drove down for the day, stopping for a little lunch on the way there.
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The tour is amazing, and any fan has no excuse not to go. The studio tour is obviously the set of Harry Potter, so it feels more real and maybe a little more special than WWOHP. It was so exciting seeing bits of the sets, and different costumes and items from the films. I honestly believe that the gift shop was better there also, but of course the prices were still just as high.  It's a fabulous experience to encounter, and once you're past the Great Hall, you're able to spend as little or as long in there as you like. I loved seeing all the Christmas decorations up, it got me feeling ever so festive. We didn't try Butter Beer here, as we had done in WWOHP, but they do sell it half way around, I hate to say it but I'm not a fan (sad face),

Both are so very different, and very special in their own ways. They're not trying to be the same thing, and that's what I like. I'd visit both again in a flash (hello planning next Florida holiday!).
Have you been to either Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the Harry Potter Studio Tour?
What do you love about them, and what do you think could be improved?                                                  

20 comments:

  1. Both of these places look amazing and I'm so jealous! I agree, I think it would be awesome if you could walk around the entire castle as if you were a student, maybe one day they will expand it!
    xxx

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  2. I am so jealous of you!!! I'm a massive Harry Potter fan but haven't had the chance to visit the Studio Tour yet. I'm hoping on taking a trip to London this summer so will 1000000% be including this in my travels! Your photos look amazing and make me so excited to go!

    Jaime xx

    http://catsclothesandcupsoftea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Green with envy whilst reading this post! I am a die hard fan and would be over the moon with excitement if given the chance to visit either! The London attraction would be ideal, and definitely feel more authentic, so envious!
    ♥Dalia

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  4. I'm going on the 10th April! cannae wait, excited now :D xx

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  5. Hello ^_^.

    I've been to the Harry Potter Studios quite recently. I went in December for my birthday and it felt quite Christmassy and magical, they even decorated the Great Hall with Christmas things! And as it as my birthday they made me wear a "it's my birthday" badge (ha) which meant I got to open the doors into the Great Hall! I'm 24 but visiting the studios made me feel 12 all over again and I loved it. It took me three hours to get round everything and the entire time I was captivated. I haven't been to the attraction but from your photos and blog post it sounds pretty cool although in my opinion probably not as good as the studios here. Here we have the real props, sets and costumes from the film which makes it feel more real. The only thing I think they should improve is the butterbeer- it was fizzy! I imagined it to be flat lol. That and maybe the prices in the souvenir shop? They were pretty extortionate although I did buy a Hedwig haha. Anyway I'll stop rambling now, but yeah I like your post!

    Harry Potter geek- Kat xxx

    laydeykatabella.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Oh my gosh, I'm absolutely DYING to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I feel like everyone's been there apart from me! And, of course, the studio tour sounds ridiculously wonderful. Ah! I want to go to Hogwarts! The real thing- haha- no really. Your pictures are incredible, by the way! They really really make me want to go although... I'm a bit worried they'll lock me away due to my inability to control my FAN FLAILS in public. I love HP so much!!

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  7. I'm going to the studio next week, SO EXCITED!! Going to wear my maroon and gold scarf ;) xx

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  8. I haven't been to either but I want to go to both! Eeeeeeeep! I was supposed to be going on the studio tour this month but it just hasn't happened. It looks so magical!

    Tara
    www.thestylerawr.com
    xoxo

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  9. I've been to both and would love to go back to either of them
    I really liked the ride, though we went a few months after it opened and ended up getting stuck on the ride tilted near upside down :-/ ha

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  10. Amazing photos! Look's like a fantastic place!

    Emma x
    http://beautyandrags.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I actually live in Orlando and have visited the park a bunch of times -- it never gets old! I do wish you could do more exploring in the castle, but I do love the Forbidden Journey ride. Oh, and the expansion is happening! Little birdie told me ;)

    Lauren @ in between idols.

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  12. My boyfriend works in the Harry Potter tour!
    I absolutely loved it, but I do think you only need to go once and you've seen it all :)
    x

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  13. I want to go again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. This place is amazing!! I wish I could go someday (=

    Maria xx
    craftyowl93.blogspot.com

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  15. I've been to the studio tour, really enjoyed it, was worth every penny. I really wanna go to the one in Florida though

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  16. I really want to go here, it looks like so much fun x

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. I'm so very jealous, going to try and persuade my boyfriend to take me!

    Julia x

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  18. i loved the harry potter studio tour, I acted like an over excited five year old all day. If anyone is going I recommend not being skint in the gift shop, I went mental!

    Nadia

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  19. ohhhhh myyyy goooood. best place on earth. I need to go to america just for this!

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  20. I'm so dreaming about going!!

    xxx

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