The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Universal Studios Hollywood

Although the grand opening is slated for April 7th, 2016, the new Wizarding world of Harry Potter is already up and running at Universal Studios Hollywood. The new 6 acre $500 Million themed land was built in place of the 40 year old Gibson Amphitheatre and the Curious George Water Play area.

Harry Potter World HollywoodHarry Potter Rides and Attractions

The themed land features two rides, “Harry Potter and┬áthe Forbidden Journey” which is a┬ámotion-based simulator ride inside a replica of the Hogwarts castle, and the family-friendly rollercoaster, the “Flight of the Hippogriff”. Forbidden Journey is recommended for a slightly older audience and for only those that don’t get queasy due to the combination of fast motion and 3D visuals.

Harry Potter Shops and Restaurants

The Three Broomsticks is the only Restaurant within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but it’s a large restaurant with walk-up and seat yourself dining, offering fish and chips, shepards pie, chicken and ribs, and other cuisine somewhat representative of the British Isles. There is also an adjacent tavern where adults can purchase alcoholic beverages from a full bar.

There are several Harry Potter themed shops throughout the park where merchandise from the movie can be purchased, such as interactive wands, cloaks, and other memorabilia from the books and movies.