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January 12th, 2012
If you’re still a little bummed that all the Harry Potter books and movies are already out, don’t be. There’s an award-winning theme park dedicated to the world’s favorite boy who lived. It’s been thriving on muggle fanaticism for nearly two years now, and lucky for us Americans, it isn’t all the way off in London, where the books were first published.
Located at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was constructed to replicate the village of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts School. J.K. Rowling herself approved everything, from the Butterbeer recipe to castle design to the menu fonts.
Visitors can explore the inside of Hogwarts, take a spin on both thrilling and children-friendly roller coasters, and dine at a recreation of the tasty Hogsmeade haunt “The Three Broomsticks.” A host of wizarding shops sell movie prop replicas, magical sweets and goodies, Quidditch brooms, and a whole lot more. Perhaps the most popular attraction is Ollivanders Wand Shop– if you have the patience to wait in line, you can pick out you very own magic wand. It’s a dream come true for those of us who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
If you’re already planning spring break, consider a family trip to Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Find more info at: http://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/