Wizarding World Touring Plans and Details


DIS Veteran
Dec 30, 2011
This is my idea of a perfect day in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. After several trips I've learned it is impossible to take in all the details at once, there are just too many. I hope others will post in this thread with details they have noticed and suggestions or ideas for things to do in the Wizarding World.

One other piece of advice, that is not in the list below, is to wear Hogwart's robes of your house colors if you can. The Team Members at Universal are themselves a wonderful detail and part of the Wizarding World and the interactions with them can be extremely fun when you are wearing a robe, whether you are an adult or a child.

A Perfect Day in the Wizarding World

Start by being at the gates to the park at least a half hour before opening, they frequently allow regular day guests in early.

Start on the Universal Studios side.

Proceed directly to Diagon Alley and enter through the brick wall. Walk in through the wall slowly and listen carefully as you do.

Go straight to Escape from Gringott’s and ride it.

When you exit the ride, go into the Gringott’s Money Exchange next door. Converse with the goblin working there while you exchange some muggle money for wizard money.

Go to Olivander’s, watch the wand choosing ceremony, then purchase an interactive wand, use your wizard money to pay for it.

Go to the Leaky Cauldron and eat breakfast (get there before they stop serving breakfast at 1030)
- Try an Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice, a Tongue Tying Lemon Squash, or Pumpkin Juice with breakfast

Walk around Diagon Alley casting spells, looking through the shops, and reading all the advertisements on the walls. Be sure to look up at the ceilings and walls inside the shops, there are a lot of details there.

Special Effects list:
- Go in Madame Malkins and stand in front of the mirror
- Knock on the door of the Daily Prophet and listen
- Stand on the corner between the restrooms and Gringott’s and listen for the wizarding wireless network
- Go in Borgin and Burkes and stand in front of the vanishing cabinet and listen
- While in Borgin and Burkes, look for Mad-Eye Moody’s chest by the side door and watch it, also look for the Hand of Glory in the corner cabinet and walk very closely to the front of the cabinet (the hand is motion sensored)
- Open your wand map while in Knockturn Alley under the black lights
- In Knockturn Alley look for the wrought iron gate blocking the steps and watch the wanted poster on the wall of Fenrir Greyback and listen closely
- Stand under the sign for the Leaky Cauldron, it actually leaks and drips water

Be sure to hit all the spell spots that are listed on the map, there are two that are not listed that are “secret” spell spots- look for the piece of blank parchment paper in the window of Scribbulus’s Writing Shop (window right next to Pram Parking) and wave your wand at it (several different messages appear) and look for the brown barrel in the window of the Slug & Jigger’s Apothecary’s shop and wave your wand at it (the brown stuff on top will rise up).

Go into Shutterbutton’s and do the acting in front of the green screens, then purchase the DVD.

Have someone take your picture sitting on Hagrid’s flying motorbike with the sidecar next to Gringott’s.

Stop at Eternelle’s Elixirs and pick up some potions to take home (you can skip the “gillywater”, it is just overpriced bottled water with a label, it is cheaper to take the potions home and mix them with regular water)(these are under 3 ounces and I have personally taken them in carry-on on a plane but your results may vary with TSA allowing them).

Stop by the Hopping Pot OR the Fountain of Faire Fortune and get a Fishy Green Ale (just get one and ask for more straws if you have more than one person, it is not to everyone's taste). The over-21’s can also try a firewhiskey.

Try to catch some of the shows on the stage next to the Hopping Pot- Celestina Warbeck and the Tales of Beedle the Bard are both very good.

Exit Diagon Alley to the London Waterfront.

In the London Waterfront:
-Stand in front of number twelve Grimmauld Place and look at the second story windows for several minutes.
-Go in the phone booth and dial the number to the Ministry visitor’s entrance (it’s written on the phone).
- Go into the back of the Knight bus and look inside. If a conductor is out front, talk and take pictures with him and the talking head.

Enter the train station and ride the Hogwart’s Express to Hogesmeade. When you see the brick wall between platforms 9 and 10, be sure to stand back behind the glass and watch as people walk through, it is an optical illusion that can only be seen from behind the glass partition between the suitcases.

Enter Hogwart’s and ride Forbidden Journey. If you have express passes, use the regular line at least once to see all the details.

Ride Flight of the Hippogriff and look for Hagrid’s hut.

Go in the Owl Post and mail a letter to yourself, it is a working post office with a special Hogsmeade postmark. You can buy stamps and paper at the shop or bring your own.

Go in Dervish and Banges and look for the monster book. Stand out front of the store and listen to all the different howler messages in the outside window.

Go in the bathroom in Hogsmeade and listen for a familiar voice.

Do all the spell spots in Hogsmeade.

Eat a late lunch/early dinner in the Three Broomsticks.

Go in the Hog’s Head and get Butterbeer (for real beer – they have dragonscale and wizard’s brew and also a quite delicious Hog's Head Brew), then go outside and up the street towards Hogwart's castle to the stage and listen to the frog choir or the Triwizard spirit rally.

Go in Honeydukes and get some sweets to take home (in the bakery case in the store they have cauldron cakes and pumpkin pasties). Most of the sweets are themed from the books and movies like chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.

Ride the Hogwart’s Express back to Diagon Alley (the ride is different each way).

Go to Florean Fortescue’s for an ice cream to finish off the night.

Be sure to stay in Diagon Alley (or Hogsmeade) until after closing, the rides and shops close but you can still walk around and look in all the lit-up windows and it is very beautiful at night!
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  • CaptainCook

    May 7, 2009
    Thanks from me too. We are taking our first trip to Universal specifically for WWHP in April. I’ll be printing this for reference.


    Proud Redhead
    Apr 21, 2003
    Ruthies or any other poster.....

    Do you have pictures of the umbrella in the potter section where your wand can create rain?

    If so, please share your pictures so others will know where it is.


    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
    May 15, 2007
    If you haven't been before........as you stand and look at the dragon on top of Gringotts......turn left and head down the way.....the umberella is on the right hand side

    Hope that`s a clear description :D......popped in a couple of pictures for area around it.

  • grad_dis_nut

    Aug 1, 2001
    Thanks so much for posting! We're HUGE Disney fans and know all the ins and outs of those parks, but this will be our first time visiting the Wizarding World, we only have two days, and I have had no idea how to even get started!


    Feb 22, 2018
    Thanks for all the detail in the OP. It's all excellent stuff.

    We were staying in one of the resort hotels last year and got the early entry to WWHP, and we're doing that again this year so we might change the order of some of that, but we didn't really know what to look for last year and only made it to Diagon Alley towards the end of our 2 days, and I don't think we spent nearly enough time in there for our daughter, who is a huge HP fan.

    I think this year we'll do the early hour at Hogsmeade and then get the train straight over at 9AM on day 1, and let her do as much as she wants and then just fit anything else into the rest of the time. The info here will be a huge help to her for this.


    DIS Veteran
    Aug 11, 2011
    Woah- having a bit of sticker shock with the wands. $50 each on the Universal website. Is this customary?


    DIS Veteran
    Sep 23, 2014
    One of our magical moments in the Wizarding World happened on our last visit. We were finishing up a long day in the parks at Diagon Alley, since it is just so cool at night, and decided to get some Butterbeer Ice Cream (and a Wizards Ale for me). We ended up at the Hopping Pot and it's cozy, little corner of the Wizarding World. There was really no one else around. The picnic tables were empty, so we sat and leisurely enjoyed our treats while we watched and listened to Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees on the nearby stage. Very nice! I may be over-nostalgic about this moment, since it was pretty much the last day of our APs. It's been a fun year!
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    DIS Veteran
    Jun 29, 2013
    Great list.

    A few things to add to your Special Effects List:
    - go to they alley beside the pet shop and check out the snake
    - find the acrobatic mice in the pet shop
    - also place your hand on the vanishing cabinet and see what you feel
    - check out the tattoos in Knockturn Alley


    - don’t forget to adopt a pigmy puff at WWW in DA.
    - Check out the 3 Broomsticks window to see who’s washing the dishes in Hogsmeade
    - also be sure to look up in the ceiling and the higher parts of the walls at both restaurants to see who’s cooking and cleaning the restaurants


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