Last week, I started sharing my Ultimate Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -Orlando. Dustin and I got to spend two days at Universal Studios Orlando, mainly to fulfill my dream of becoming a wizard and to celebrate my 10 Years Cancer Free anniversary. It was more magical than either one of us imagined, and we learned a lot about making the most out of our trip in the short time we were there.
If you want to read the first part of the guide (where I covered where we stayed and when we went) you can access that here.
Today, I wanted to share all the ins and outs of Hogsmeade, which is one of the two sections that makes up the Wizarding World of HP. Hogsmeade is part of Islands of Adventure and because we stayed at Cabana Bay, we got in an hour before the park opened!!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
Walking into Hogsmeade for the first time is an absolute dream. It looks EXACTLY like it does from the movies, down to the crooked chimneys and snow covered roofs. As you first walk under the arch, you can see the Hogwarts Express, billowing steam. There is usually a conductor standing right by it, so this makes for a great photo op. All of the employees are dressed up in Wizard’s robes and stay in character as you talk to them, referring to the muggles visiting the village for the day and making cute jokes at their peculiarities.
After you pass the Hogwarts Express, you literally walk down the cobblestone streets, past the shop windows and doors and are completely surrounded by the music from the Harry Potter soundtrack. You are completely transported! As you turn the corner at the end of the street, you are met with the sight of Hogwarts Castle, complete with the winger boars at the entrance. While the castle is clearly built to scale, the details are not overlooked and it still looks very impressive looming in the sky.