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29 Tips To Make Your Day Magical At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Whether you want to roam the streets of Diagon Alley or cast some spells in Hogsmeade, these hacks and easter eggs will make your day a little more magical.

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Just to clarify, Diagon Alley is located in Universal Studios (Florida) and Hogsmeade is located in Islands of Adventure (Florida). If you want to visit both locations, you need to purchase a two-park ticket.

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1. If you stay at one of Universal's on-site hotels, you get early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens.

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You can read more about it here.

3. If you have a baby or small child with you but want to go on the rides, ask the staff about Baby Swap.

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While one parent goes on the ride, the other will watch the kids in the baby swap room. When the parent is done riding, they switch so each person has a chance to go on the attraction.

4. Try going to Hogsmeade first and then take the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley later in the day.

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Diagon Alley was designed to have cooler areas and is more comfortable to walk around in when the temperature is really hot.

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14. If the entrance to Universal Studios is too long, you can try the entrance by Blue Man Group.

Walk straight and make a right and you'll see it by Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

17. The Leaky Cauldron can be seen from the London facade just as described in the books.

"The Leaky Cauldron is a dingy London pub, sandwiched between a bookshop and a record shop on Charing Cross Road. The main entrance to Diagon Alley — where witches, wizards and others purchase magical goods — is located behind the pub."

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18. If you stop by the Knight Bus, make sure to go around the back and take a peek inside.

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It's closed and you can't go in, but you can at least see what it's supposed to look like.

19. If you look in the windows of the record shop on Charing Cross Road and Mr. Mullpepper’s Apothecary in Diagon Alley, you'll see a tribute to the Jaws ride.

There's a set of shark teeth and a record quoting the movie. You can watch the bow legged women clip here.

22. When you go to Madam Malkin's, stand in front of the mirror for some wardrobe feedback.

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Sometimes she's nice, sometimes she's mean. Don't take it personally I guess?

23. Make sure to look up in Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes; you can see Umbridge just like in Half-Blood Prince.

24. If you purchase a wand at Ollivanders, you'll receive a map. Put the map under the black light in Knockturn Alley and you'll see little figures pop up.

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They highlight the spots where you can cast spells with interactive wands.

25. Go to the Money Exchange in Carkitt Market and ask the goblin anything and he'll answer you.

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I asked if Beyoncé and Jay Z are getting divorced and he said, "That's not my area of expertise."

27. If you look up in the Magical Menagerie, you'll see a Demiguise and a Crumple-Horned Snorkack.

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The Demiguise (far left) is an ape-like creature whose hair is believed to be a main property of invisibility cloaks. A Crumple-Horned Snorkack (far right) is one of Luna Lovegood's favorite (but elusive) creatures.

28. In both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, there are special performances guests should look out for.

Ask the staff for a schedule.

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