Wizarding World of Harry Potter trip report – June 2011

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Update 6/4/11

I’ve been told that Universal recently added four new character wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Credric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, Luna Lovegood, and Viktor Krum. You can view my photos of the new wands on the OI Facebook page or at the end of the photo gallery at the bottom of this post.

 

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I headed out to Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter this morning to check out the June 2011 crowds. I have to say it was busier than I expected, although not too terribly crowded.

You can click on any image to view it full-screen. You can also view and share these photos on the OI Facebook page. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the complete 48-image photo gallery.

Hogwarts Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Hogwarts Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Everything looked as normal around town. Because of that I shouldn’t be surprised that almost a year after the attraction open, most guests still don’t know about the Forbidden Journey locker line, and how they can so easily skip it if they just didn’t bring bags. (Is this news to you? Better read Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: The Ultimate Unofficial Guide.)

Forbidden Journey locker line at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Forbidden Journey locker line at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Forbidden Journey locker line at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Forbidden Journey locker line at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Forbidden Journey locker line at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Forbidden Journey locker line at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

I wanted to yell: “Why didn’t you visit OrlandoInformer.com before you visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?? Why didn’t you come here with the OI Wizarding World of Harry Potter Touring Plan?”

But I didn’t yell. I just had to watch as guests without bags stood in the long line for no reason. (Okay, truth be told, I do usually help two or three parties out each time I visit the Forbidden Journey line. But there’s just no way to help everyone.)

Ollivander’s was busy as usually too.

Ollivander's queue at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Ollivander's queue at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Ollivander's queue at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Ollivander's queue at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The Universal team member stationed at the end of the line said it was a 35 minute wait. I’d say that’s more like 60 minutes.

Otherwise, like I said, it was business as usual at Hogwarts and Hogsmeade Village. You can full the 48-image photo gallery below.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I’ve been getting quite a few questions about stroller parking for Forbidden Journey. So, I finally took a couple pictures of the area:

Forbidden Journey strolling parking at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Forbidden Journey strolling parking at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Forbidden Journey strolling parking at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - May 31, 2011.
Forbidden Journey strolling parking at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

This spot serves as the strolling parking area for Forbidden Journey as well as Flight of the Hippogriff. In Hogsmeade Village there’s a small area underneath the archway by Ollivander’s for strollers, and one more parking spot by Dragon Challenge.

 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter trip report – photo gallery

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rosemergy
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has there been a line to get into WWOHP at all lately, or just a line to get into FJ and the other attractions?  If you just wanted to see the area and walk around, can you stroll right in?

OrlandoInformer
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I haven't seen the reservation system and return tickets for Harry Potter since Spring Break ended. I imagine they will show up next for the 4th of July weekend.

rosemergy
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cool, thanks for the intel — will be there in a few days (6/7-10), and while I'm psyched about riding FJ, my wife is more excited about just seeing WWOHP.  Good to hear that we can likely just stroll right in.  Maybe we can do the walking tour of Hogwarts together, and then I can head back and take the singles line to ride it.

OrlandoInformer
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That's a great plan. Everyone should enjoy the Hogwarts tour even if they're not going on the ride.

dave
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is this in dervish and banges

OrlandoInformer
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Is what in Dervish & Banges?

dplestrange
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oh, the wands of cedric luna fleur and viktor

OrlandoInformer
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Yeah, they are available at Dervish & Banges.

Sweetums
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What time was it when you made this visit?

Thanks, as always, for the great information!!

OrlandoInformer
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I arrived at about 9:15am and was there until about 10:30am.

🙂

kellykendle
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Just FYI…I was at IOA/US today, June 2nd with my family.  We arrived about 9:15…so a bit later than I had intended.  We neaded straight for Harry Potter….the posted wait time at the entrance of the park was 30 min.  When we got there…thanks to this site….I did NOT bring any bags….and went right by the huge line that had already formed and to the castle and into the stand by line.  We waited about 40 minutes before we got on the ride.  I found that the wait times listed at the park entrances were off most of the time…as… Read more »
Stephen
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Hi! I am going to IOA on August 3rd and am super excited about WWoHP. I had a few questions about the lines to the Forbidden Journey that I hope you may be able to help me with. I believe I read somewhere (maybe here) that they don’t always open the Single/Tour/No Bag line all the time. Is this true or is this an every day thing now? Also, we may be over planning for this, but what would the crowds be like on a Wednesday first thing when the park opens for regular hours? We were planning on getting… Read more »
OrlandoInformer
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Hi Stephen. Thanks for the questions. Here we go: 1) For Forbidden Journey, the regular line, single rider line, and tour only line are actually three different lines. As long as the attraction is open, the regular line and tour only line are always open. When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter debuted the single rider line at Forbidden Journey was sometimes open and sometimes closed. However, these days it is almost always open. So I would anticipate that you’ll be able to choose from any one of the three. Of course there’s the way I’d recommend doing it, which… Read more »
kamiccolokuetan
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Thank you for your help! I purchased the guide and I still have a few more questions if you don’t mind answering them. If you could estimate, what time will they close WWoHP from people just walking in and start handing out return tickets the date we will be going (Wed. August 3rd)? If we go there right away, will we get in or do you think we will need to get a return ticket?

Thanks again for your help and super quick reply!

OrlandoInformer
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It is really difficult to know exactly what the heavy summer crowds are gonna be like. I’d recommend getting in touch with me about a week before you travel. Nevertheless, if it is anything like last year, usually WWoHP fills up about an hour or two after opening. Since IOA is opening at 8:00am in August, then it’ll probably be filled by 10:00am and the reservation system will kick in.

Again, this is purely speculation at this point. Drop me a line when you get a bit closer to your vacation. Thanks for the question!

Arturo
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Hi, Im going to WWoHP in Summer so I really wanted to know if you could actually go inside of Hogwarts Castle and just walk inside the castle everywhere because i really wanna go inside but i dont know if thats allowed so thanks! and please get back to me soon because im soon leaving!

OrlandoInformer
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Yes, you can absolutely go inside Hogwarts. But you’re not just “walking around.” The rooms of Hogwarts serve as the queue for the ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. You can go through the rooms on a “tour” even if you don’t want to go on the ride. You can learn a lot more here: http://orlandoinformer.com/wpold/harry-potter-forbidden-journey-book-1/

Have fun!

Arturo
Guest

Thanks so much! for all the help im sorry to bother you again but do you know how much are the wands? Thankyou!

OrlandoInformer
Guest

The wands are around $20 a piece. You can also buy many of them online: http://www.universalorlando.com/Merchandise/Shop/Ollivanders_Wand_Shop/Collectibles.html

I believe the prices online are slightly higher than the in-park prices.

Ask all the questions you’d like 🙂

mjaden
Guest

Thanks! What time do you think is the best to get there?

OrlandoInformer
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Do you mean to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? It’s always best to get there (or to any theme park for the matter) 30 minutes before the gates open. Remember too that the Wizarding World usually empties out considerably for the last hour or so before the park closes.

By the way, have you see the OI Wizarding World of Harry Potter Touring Plan: http://orlandoinformer.com/wpold/harry-potter-world-touring-plan/

That will answer many, many more questions for you 🙂

dwhite56
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Hey Dan! What do you think about Sept. 1 through Sept. 6 crowd-wise for both Disney and IoA. We will be doing WWoHP on Labor Day itself (Sept. 5). I know traditionally, crowds are not bad during Sept., and I know they will probably pick up a bit over Labor Day weekend. Anyway…what say you? 🙂 And I do have your WWoHP Touring Plan, although I’m hoping we won’t necessarily need it!

OrlandoInformer
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I’d say exactly what you just explained: You’re coming at the end of the summer season so crowds will certainly be smaller than July (and hopefully the weather will be a little more tolerable). On the other hand, Labor Day Weekend is the last big bang of the summer, so there’s a bit of jump in attendance. Use the OI Touring Plan, be sure you’re at the turnstiles 30 minutes before the park opens if possible, and come back in the evening for the last two hours before the park closes if you’re still around. You should be just fine… Read more »
daniel
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hii were going on the 13th off june 2011 for 2 weeks how long will the queue be?

 

OrlandoInformer
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Which queue?

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