Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night – photo tour

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Last night we headed to Universal Orlando to check out the Universal Studios Florida Summer Concert Series (view the post with more than 60 photos of USF and CityWalk). While we were there, I also wanted to again test the theory that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area clears out considerably at the end of the night.

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Entering the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night.
Entering the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night: Hogsmeade and the Owlery.
Hogsmeade and the Owlery.

I’m happy to report that the area was indeed less crowded than it ever is during the day. Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge both had 5 minutes waits. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey had a posted wait time of 45 minutes, but I doubt the wait was any longer than 20 minutes.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night: Ron crashed his car again!
Ron crashed his car again!
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night: Hogwarts Castle in the moonlight.
Hogwarts Castle in the moonlight.

However, there is one big catch here that you need to be aware of. By the time we reached the Wizarding World, at approximately 9:40pm, Ollivander’s Wand Shop was closed–and I don’t know how much earlier it had closed. The lesson here is: don’t wait until the very end of the evening to squeeze in your stop at Ollivander’s. You might walk away very disappointed.

This furthers my conviction that, while the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is less crowded at the very end of the day compared to first thing in the morning, it is still safest to go in the morning. At least then you can be practically certain everything will be open.

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Taylor Strickland Taylor Strickland is the Owner & Editor at Orlando Informer, the internationally awarded independent resource for guests visiting Orlando. In this position, he leads the website's overall direction and day-to-day operations, working with a team of writers, editors, developers, and producers.

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