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Harry Potter World: California Edition

Ok if you hadn’t heard, Universal Studios opened up a new Harry Potter World in the Hollywood Park! YAY!!! This is awesome news for us because flying to California is so much faster, cheaper, and easier than flying to Florida. We just spent a day there but it was magical!

So I’ve been asked a few times what the differences between the two parks are and here it is: Orlando is bigger and busier. When the Florida park was opened, there was Hogsmeade with a bunch of shops, Hogwarts castle with a ride inside, a big dragon rollercoaster, and Flight of the Hippogriff. Then they opened up “the other side” where there was Diagon Alley, Gringotts, Knockturn Alley, and they built the Hogwarts Express! It’s really SO amazing. All of it.

So California has the first side, almost identically laid out minus the big dragon rollercoaster. It was kind of like deja vu walking around it’s so much like the Orlando one!

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The line is usually pretty short but there’s always air conditioning!harry potter world (5 of 102)_Waverley_Design_Co_Web_Design_Branding_Brand_Graphic_Design_Website_design_Hiliary_stewartharry potter world (7 of 102)_Waverley_Design_Co_Web_Design_Branding_Brand_Graphic_Design_Website_design_Hiliary_stewartDO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT even waste your time with regular butterbeer. Just get frozen butterbeer and thank me later. I’ve literally never had anyone tell me how much they love butterbeer. 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Then I’ll get a different meal each time. This was Shepherds Pie, it came with my salad and some fruit! The “ranch” isn’t exactly ranch but it’s good and I also like the balsamic dressing.

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