The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Kauai Movie Tours

Hogwarts Castle

My family recently went on a trip to Orlando, Florida.  After posting about the references to Hawaii at Disney World I had many people asking me if we made it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter WWOHP at Universal Islands of Adventure.  We did in fact spend one day at Universal Islands of Adventure to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

Our first stop was Ollivander’s Wand Shop.  The shop had a short but entertaining presentation about the “wand chooses you” before entering the shop filled with wands.  The next stop was the Flight of the Hippogriff, a family friendly roller coaster.  The ride is short but scenic in that it rolls past
Hagrid’s hut and Buckbeak.  Next we ventured into Hogwarts Castle for the Forbidden Journey.  This has to be one of the best rides of all time.  Part motion simulator, part animatronics – it truly makes you feel as you are a part of Harry Potter’s world.  Not only is the Forbidden Journey amazing but the queue through the castle is interesting and very detailed.  There is a lot to look at while waiting such as Dumbledore’s office.  There is even a part of the queue where they cast a spell in the Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom and it begins snowing!
Dumbledore’s office – Forbidden Journey queue
We ate lunch at The Three Broomsticks and washed it down with a refreshing Butterbeer.  We walked through the rest of Universal Islands of Adventure and rode several rides before heading back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  We rode the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff one more time.  We decided to do some shopping (Honeydukes, Zonko’s and Dervish and Banges) before calling it a day in Hogsmeade.


So what does the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure have to do with Hawaii Discount?  There was not much at Hogsmeade that reminded us of Hawaii but we did enjoy the Universal Islands of Adventure section Jurassic Park with The Jurassic Park River Adventure, Jurassic Park Discovery Center,  Pteranodon Flyers and Camp Jurassic.  Many of the scenes in Jurassic Park were filmed in Kauai and Hawaii Discount offers Kauai Movie Tours that take you to various locations where Jurassic Park and other movies were filmed.  On Kauai Movie Tours you will see locations from South Pacific, Jurassic Park, Blue Hawaii, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more! If you are in Oahu you can see locations from film and television with Oahu Movie Tours with Lost Locations

Entrance to the Jurassic Park section at the Islands of Adventure
Tips for those visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
  • Arrive early!  Get to the park when it opens and go to Ollivander’s Wand Shop or The Forbidden Journey first.
  • Do not take any bags.  The Forbidden Journey does not allow you to take any backpacks or bags.  You must place these items in a locker before entering the ride.  If you do not have to use the locker you will save a lot of time.
  • Use the single rider line.  The Forbidden Journey did not seem to advertise it but they have a single rider line. Be sure to ask a WWOHP employee about this option.  This line is much shorter than the regular line.
  • If you do not want to ride The Forbidden Journey ask about the castle tour.  It mirrors the queue of the ride so that you can experience Hogwarts castle.
  • The stores are very small and often have lines to get in.  The stores near the entrance to Islands of Adventures carry a lot of the same Harry Potter merchandise without the lines and crowds.
Kauai Movie Tours
Both Universal Islands of Adventure and Hawaii Discount offer options for you to be a part of the movies.  At Universal Islands of Adventure WWOHP you can stroll through the streets of a recreated Hogsmeade.  With Hawaii Discount’s Oahu Movie Tours and Kauai Movie Tours you can stand in the exact location where blockbuster movies and television shows such as Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Godzilla and Lost were filmed. Either one you choose you will have fun and feel like a Hollywood Star.

Have you been to Universal Islands of Adventure or on Hawaii Movie Tours?  What was your favorite part?
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Elizabeth has been blogging about the best Hawaii Activities for over 7 years. She loves sharing the Aloha Spirit.
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