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I finally made it the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood (or Wizarding World of the West or WWW). It started soft openings in February but I was always terrified that it wouldn't be opened and I would miss getting to see it. I bought an Annual Pass (so many more trips are planned) and it has a lot of blackout dates so I decided to hold out until opening weekend.
We were concerned it would be busy but we figured we already had robes and wands so I just wanted to do the spells and ride the rides and eat.
Early entry was at 7am (you get early entry if you buy your ticket online) so we got up at 5:45 (!!) so we could leave the house at6:15 to get down there, park, get through security and get in line at 6:45. We did all of that by 6:40 and were in the park at 6:45 and walked back to Hogsmeade at 6:55.
Not going to lie, I've been excited but since I've gone to Orlando a lot (5 times last year, should get in 4 trips this year) I didn't know how I would feel. However walking in there, especially when it was empty, I screamed like a school girl. So much love and excitement!
We did Forbidden Journey and walked right on, did Hippogriff and walked right on, shopped, did all the spells, had breakfast at 3 Broomsticks (the breakfast comes with a drink. The kids meal had plenty of food so I recommend it. Or splitting an adult meal), did more spells and shopped more all before 9:05. We grabbed a drink (they don't have have hot butterbeer or fire whisky yet)-mal and I got hogs tea and Ralph got a hogs bite (he's super into Snakebites lately).
The rest of the park was dead! The longest posted wait was 20 min for Simpsons which we didn't do. We headed to the Lower Lot and finished our drinks and did Transformers and Mummy walking straight on before heading back to the upper lot for the studio tour which we also walked on!
By this time it was 10:30 so we went back to Hogsmeade (when it's busier, you will need to get a return ticket to enter Hogsmeade. With all of the rain we had it really wasn't busy) and grabbed another butterbeer and rode forbidden journey again but though the single rider line.
Forbidden journey is the exact same-queue and everything-but the ride is in 3D which was awesome. The first effect was a little blurry but everything else was crisp and none of us felt sick! Make sure when you ride it, you keep your head back and support it. You bounce a lot and can get nauseous and a headache.
We headed out at 11:15. So crazy how much we got done!
Overall, I love Hogsmeade in WWW and I'm so happy I'm 20 min away from butterbeer! Even though it's definitely a work in progress, the sight lines were jarring. Truly my love for the wizarding world started In Hogsmeade but resides in Diagon Alley. And if rumors are true, we should have a Diagon opening soon.
If you haven't gone to WWW, definitely go and don't forget to check out the annual passes. A 1-day ticket will set you back 99-119 dollars while an AP starts around 120 and goes up. Just remember, parking is 18 dollars and only the most expensive pass (500+) includes parking!
Anyone else been to Wizarding World of the West yet?