Best Place to Buy a Wand at Universal Orlando
For the full experience, I recommend you skip the gift shops and head over to Ollivander’s in Diagon Alley. The Diagon Alley location for Ollivanders has more rooms and usually short lines. Go first thing in the morning if you want to beat the rush.
As you’ll remember, Harry was brought to these “makers of fine wands since 382 BC” by Rubeus Hagrid as a rite of passage in the wizarding world.
Inside you’ll discover row after row of wand boxes stacked up to the ceiling.
There’s something magical about Ollivanders and that’s why I believe it’s the best place to buy a wand at Universal Orlando Resort. Only here can you witness the magic of the wand choosing its wizard, an interactive experience in and of itself.
The Ollivanders in Hogsmeade is my #2 spot to buy wands, only because the tiny store can accommodate just 24 people at a time. Although the tiny layout feels a bit more accurate to the books and films, nothing can really beat the intimate wand choosing ceremony at the Diagon Alley location.
Note: Wands cost the same amount in every retail location (whether you purchase your wand at Ollivander’s or in a gift shop).
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For me, it’s definitely worth paying the extra cash to get the interactive version of a wand. That is – if you are already in the park.
The traditional (non-interactive) wands are really amazing keepsakes but they won’t do you any good in parks. And don’t buy one online, because you may be disappointed with what you get. Inspect and select your wand in-person, at Ollivanders, and you won’t regret your purchase.
After you buy an interactive wand, you can then open the map and locate the spellcasting spots. There are 11 in Diagon Alley, 5 within Knockturn Alley, and 9 in Hogsmeade. Follow the map, watch for the metal medallions in the ground, and have fun!
My favorite wand spells to cast are Metelojinx (which causes rain and thunder around an umbrella), Incendio (which lights an entire window full of lamps or sets off some firework-type effects), and Descendo (which triggers a bit of light toilet humor at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes). But there are plenty to try, some a bit more difficult than others. Don’t be shy about asking other nearby wizards for help!
Keep in mind that the price of your interactive wand includes unlimited activations of the park’s hidden effects. Plus, you won’t have to pay any more money to recharge your wand on your next visit (or replace any batteries). If you make multiple visits to the parks, you can bring your wand back year after year!
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