I have been hearing rumors that Universal Studios Hollywood is soft-opening the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the grand unveiling on April 7th. So on Wednesday morning I check Instagram to see if people are taking photos there, and they are!
“ABE! The Butterbeer is flowing – let’s go!”
You have never seen me walk so fast through a parking lot.
I don’t actually drink any, because there is a really long line and I’m not a fan of juices/soda in general. But I get a report from a worker on what Butterbeer tastes like: “A combination of shortbread and butterscotch.” You can get it in cold, soda form or colder, slushy style. There is Pumpkin Juice, as well.
We buy a California Resident Annual Pass, which means you can come back anytime except for the blackout dates. I like the idea of coming back one night, when the crowds have died down, and just having dinner at Three Broomsticks. NBD.
The place is crowded, but not nearly as bad as when we leave – there seems to be a timed admission system happening. The wait for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is long…
…but there is so much to see, I don’t care.
The ride (Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey) is a lot of fun, but I feel sick during the 3-D parts. Just close your eyes, you’ll be fine. Also, we experience technical difficulties near the end and hang, suspended in air. Which is kinda cool but only because it was for a few minutes. If it had lasted longer than 20, I would have started hyperventilating.
There’s a roller coaster, too, which I skipped because I’m retired.
The shops were packed, and full of fun things too…
…shoutout to my girl Cho Chang!
Our final stop is Honeydukes Sweet Shop…
…here’s a look inside.
VIDEO: Harry Potter Candy at Honeyduke’s Sweets Shop