New Spellbinding Experiences at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Universal Studios Hollywood has the exciting and immersive Wizarding World of Harry Potter for guests to experience.  Debuting this summer are new experiences that will enhance guests visit even more!

New Wand Magic

By purchasing a special wand, wizards of all ages can cast spells throughout Hogsmeade village.  Where there have been 13 locations of spell casting, two new locations bring it up to 15.  Incendio and Alohomora are located next to each other near the Hogwarts Express station.  Incendio ignites a chimney when the wand wielder casts the spell successfully.  Alohomora may reveal the breath of a creature that breathes fire through a door that has an intricate lock.  Other spells are located by markers on the ground.  Alohomora is indicated by this, but Incendio is a secret location.

More Butterbeer Treats

There are several butterbeer items to satisfy tastes of Hogsmeade visitors.  Butterbeer fudge has a good butterbeer flavor, with a bit of shortbread too.  The potted cream version is a very creamy treat that is like pudding.  Three butterbeer drinks are available (all non-alcoholic).  “Cold” is like a butterbeer cider, while the “frozen” is best for the summer.  Both have the great butterbeer taste, though the frozen is stronger than the cold.  The best, in my opinion, is the “hot” version which is like drinking liquid butterscotch!

New to Universal Studios in the US is Butterbeer Ice Cream.  The Orlando resort has served a soft serve version for a while, but Hollywood is the first to have hand packed ice cream.  The treat is available at various carts in the village and at Three Broomsticks.  It is a great addition to the butterbeer lineup.  It has a good mix of vanilla and butterbeer flavor.  It is a good form for it, especially for the hot summer weather.  It’s a good way to savor butterbeer.

New Way to Look Like a Wizard

At Gladrags Wizardwear there are new replica costumes to purchase and wear.  Severus Snape’s complete robe is available for a more authentic professor look.  Hermonione’s dress from the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will let the wearer look ready for a formal party.  It is available in adult and children’s size.  Neville Longbottom’s cardigan from the Battle of Hogwarts can be purchased now too.  These three are in addition to other robes, cardigans, scarves, and many other attire that fans can put on for that complete Harry Potter experience.

In between Gladrags and Dervish and Banges is Madam Malkin’s Talking Mirror.  This new enhancement entertains those passing through the shops inside along the corridor.  She gives various compliments fit for whoever is passing by.

Expanded Three Broomsticks Menu

At lunch, Three Broomsticks is serving new items to eat.  Ploughman’s Lunch features an imported selection of ham, salami, country pâté, cheese, and a warm scotch egg accompanied by bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard.  Cheese Toastie with Chicken has English cheddar cheese, chicken, bacon and served with a sunny side egg.  It comes with a salad or potato wedges.  Sunday Roast Sandwich features prime rib on a baguette with English cheddar and horseradish sauce.  It also comes with either a salad or potato wedges.

All of these experiences join a large selection of attractions just within Wizarding World.  Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey now has 4K projection.  Flight of the Hippogriff is a great family roller coaster.  And, at night, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” illuminates the outside of the structure set to John Williams composed score.  It is a great time to visit Universal Studios Hollywood as some things, like the Nighttime Lights, are available for a limited time!

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