Harry Potter Visitor Tips — Part 1
August 2, 2010
Today we will get into what you, as a Muggle planning to visit Harry Potter Theme Park should be aware of. We think that if you prepare yourself, and know what to do and how to do it. Your adventure to the park will be more fun and satisfying and maybe we can save you some time.
So, first, before you do anything, please take a minute and look at the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter map.
Click on the Map to enlarge the view.
In the map you can see three major areas of interest. Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade Village, and the Dueling Dragons roller coaster.
Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey
Our focus today will be the infamous Hogwarts castle, and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Ride. So to start off we should tell you that to ride the attraction you have to be 48 inches tall (sorry about that little wizards).
Please go to our Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey page, to see exactly what will happen on the ride.
As we continue to inform you, please know that if you are wearing flip flops or any other loose shoes you might be asked to take them off, before entering the ride. Also you should know that if you have a bag with you, you will be kindly asked to store it in the “school lockers”. Usually there is a line to rent those, so come prepared-without a bag. Cameras, cellphones etc should also be stored in the lockers or you are running a chance that those items will fly out of the ride without casting a single spell.
Another thing you should be aware of is that the seats are not designed for bigger people, there is a sample seat outside the entry, so you guys can check if you are able to fit in.
Now we get to the very important part where we discuss the lines, and yes the lines are pretty heavy. As is with every major attraction that just opens its doors. During day time you can expect about 2-3 hours wait time. The good news is, that for the most part you are hidden from the Florida blistering sun, as you are touring inside of the Hogwarts Castle.
The tour is an attraction by itself: you get to see Harry’s dorms, the big entry hall and Dumbledor’s office.
We recommend to visit the castle before 9 AM or after 5 PM if you don’t feel like standing 2-3 hours in the line. As an alternative try to go to the single riders line, that should move you along faster. If you don’t really care getting on the ride, you can just tour through the castle.
And finally if you want a keepsake from this experience, they do take a photo as you are riding so you can purchase it after you are done, keep some galeons on you.
Hope this bit of info was useful, please come back in a day or two—we will discuss Hogsmeade Village tips.