We heard the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure would be open all day for the first time, so we headed over around dinner time. This was the first night the new area was open to regular park guests. Before we get to the night shots, let’s look at some of the new and different things we noticed.
This large video screen has been errected at the front of Islands of Adventure. It was showing clips from various Harry Potter films. I’m guessing this screen will be for guests to watch the grand opening ceremonies on since only so many will fit into the Wizarding World on Friday.
Something else we hadn’t seen was the souvenir mug you can get with the Hog’s Head Brew. (That’s butterbeer on the left.) The exclusive alcoholic beer is $6.50 without the mug and $11.49 with it. The mug also has the words “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in clear lettering on the back. Both of the mugs are plastic.
My wife and I ordered the fish and chips. My son also got the kid size fish and chips. We all thought it tasted great. My wife especially liked the tarter sauce. She said the meal tastes better than the fish and chips in the U.K. pavillion at Epcot. I say they’re both equally good. But we both said we would have rather have had the children’s size because it was too much food.
This appears to be the main stage for the grand opening. It’s just outside of the castle entrance. Not many people are going to fit in the area in front of the stage. Click Here to find out about the celebrity guests. Check back later this week for our coverage of all the grand opening activities.
I was surprised how uncrowded the Wizarding World was all day. I guess it’s because most don’t realize it’s open yet. The park closed at 10 p.m. As the closing time came, the streets were pretty empty. I’m sure many were over at Universal Studios for the start of their Summer Concert Series.
Fianally, here’s a video walkthrough of Hogsmeade Village at night, with stops to look in the storefront windows. You can see in most of the windows better when they’re lit up at night. The whole area is a different experience after dark.