Hello and thanks for checking out my blog! My last post covered the Diagon Alley area of Universal Orlando and this post will cover the Hogsmeade area. It is in a separate park called, “Island of Adventure” that can be reached via train in Diagon Alley. It is important that you have a dual park ticket if you want to visit both in the same day!
This is the entrance area into Hogsmeade.
When we made it over to Hogsmeade it was already pretty late, so I’ve lightened up some of these photos so you can see the details.
I will say that the Hogsmeade section of Wizarding World seemed to have much more facade than Diagon Alley– many of the storefronts are design only and not open shops. That was a little disappointing, but they have… Hogwarts!
Inside is a ride that had many nods to the films. At the entrance there are a set of the seats used on the ride that you can sit in to see if you’ll be comfortable. It is also very enjoyable just to walk through Hogwarts even if you don’t want to go on the ride– it feels like you’ve walked into the films! Ask the workers at the entrance about walking through without going on the ride and they can direct you; don’t miss it even if the ride isn’t for you! I don’t want to spoil all the great details, but you’ll come across the likes of the sorting hat and the Griffin stairwell.
Some familiar “characters.”
Hogsmeade also has 2 roller coasters– one is more “family friendly” (Flight of the Hippogriff) and one more intense (Dragon Challenge). Because I was there on an early close day, I didn’t get to check them out (I’m not a roller coaster rider, but I would’ve liked to see the decorated queues). Check out Universal’s Official site for more information on the rides.
The “shops” area as I mentioned before are not as full as Diagon Alley, but are still fun to see. It was so warm the day I went but I loved seeing the snowy rooftops!
There is a restaurant in Hogsmeade called “3 Broomsticks” and it looked like a similar menu to the Leaky Cauldron. If you’re looking for a sit-down restaurant and the one in Diagon Alley is too busy you may want to hop on the Express train and check out Hogsmeade.
One of the best shops that is a must-visit, even if you don’t buy anything is to see Honeydukes!
Honeydukes is one of the best candy stores ever– it is so bright and cheerful with candies from the series for sale. One of my favorites is the chocolate frogs with trading card inside. Walk around inside and enjoy the atmosphere even if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth.
It was nearly closing time when I got to Honeydukes so I didn’t get to spend too much time, but I also made a point to check out their window displays. They’re some of my favorites in the whole park! I highly recommend visiting over multiple days because of all the wonderful details throughout both Wizarding World areas. Take the time to observe all the little details and you’ll really appreciate all the work put into the park!
Just a few quick tips for your trip to Hogsmeade:
– Visit Universal Studios and Island of Adventure over multiple days if possible. If not, at least get a dual park ticket to see both in one day.
– If visiting specifically for the HP goodness, Diagon Alley has more store details but Hogsmeade has more rides. Plan according to your interests!
– Walk through the ride areas even if you aren’t going to go on a ride to see the decorated queues. Ask the workers at the entrances for information on where to go.
– Send some postcards in Hogsmeade! There is a shop that has a postmark stamp of Hogsmeade– you can even buy HP theme stamps! Ask inside the shops where it is located and send some pals a postcard.
Alright, that’s my Universal Orlando coverage– please let me know if you have any questions I may be able to help you with. I have previous posts for Diagon Alley and non-HP Universal Studios below. Have you been? What was your favorite part of Universal? Let me know in the comments, thanks!