Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Getting away from the crowds once you’re inside

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We all love to tour Hogsmeade and Hogwarts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  From the groundbreaking attractions and entertainment to the shops and the restaurant, it’s a beautiful thing.  But even though we do our best to stay calm, the amount of Muggles swarming the place on most days can drive us crazy. So what can we do?  Are there any hidden places where we can just take a break without leaving Wizarding World of Harry Potter?  Yes, there are a few.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Muggles busy in Hogsmeade.
Muggles busy in Hogsmeade.


The outdoor seating area behind Three Broomsticks

Behind Three Broomsticks, the quick-service restaurant inside Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is a fairly large seating area.  And despite that fact that this area is only about 15 feet away from the chaos of the village, it usually remains devoid of guests.  I was at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at noon today, when I took the picture of the crowds at the top of the post, and this is what the Three Broomsticks outdoor seating area looked like:

Three Broomsticks: Outdoor seating.
Three Broomsticks: Outdoor seating.

There are three ways to get back here.  You can either exit out the back of Three Broomsticks, exit out the back of Hogs Head, or walk through the outdoor entryway by the ATM machine.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Shortcut to the Three Broomsticks outdoor seating area.
Shortcut to the Three Broomsticks outdoor seating area.

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Hogs Head

Okay, if you have ever been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before, you know that Hogs Head can get plenty busy.  However, more times than not, it isn’t nearly as busy as the Butterbeer carts just outside the doors.  So, if you want to get the icy treat and you don’t want to wait in a line that stretches out past the gates of Hogsmeade, head inside Hogs Head (that’s right, there’s air conditioning too!).

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Inside Hogs Head.
Inside Hogs Head.

Once you’ve gotten your butterbeer, head out the doors in the back to the Three Broomsticks outdoor seating area for a little peace and quiet.


Dragon Challenge queue

I’ve already written a full post on Dragon Challenge, but it is appropriate it mention the queue one more time in this entry.  Even if you don’t want to go on the ride, you definitely want to head up the queue.  About midway to the Dragon Challenge castle there is a open area that, like the other two areas I’ve mentioned, is almost always empty.  While there are no benches for sitting here, you can get a great view of the Frog Choir and TriWizard Spirit Rally performances, as well as an incredible view of Hogwarts.  The picture below is just a glimpse:

Dragon Challenge: View from the queue.
View from the queue.


Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey outdoor queue (spoiler alert)

I saved the best for last. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the last place you’d think to look for an escape from the crowds, has one more surprise for you. Midway between the castle gates and the castle entrance, there’s an opening in the rock:

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Inside Hogwarts Castle. (19)
Come behind the scenes of Hogwarts Castle.

Walk back here and you’ll get some spectacular views of Hogwarts that are rarely seen by most visitors.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Inside Hogwarts Castle. (14)
Inside Hogwarts Castle.

Even more interesting, however, is the “backstage” view you can get of the castle’s construction. From inside this space you get a really good view of just how Hogwarts was built. Here’s a YouTube video of the entire space (remember, this is a bit of a spoiler since we’re going “behind the scenes”):

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Check out the photo gallery below for even more shots of the area.

And even if you’re not so interested in how the castle was built, this space is still great for getting out of the direct sunlight while also being able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Hogwarts area.


Complete photo gallery

Originally posted January 24, 2011 – updated May 16, 2011

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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