Prime 10 Harry Potter Issues-to-Do with Preschoolers at Common Orlando!

I like sharing superior locations to go and issues to do together with your preschoolers, so I’m delighted to place collectively my information of the Prime 10 Issues to do with Preschoolers at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Common Orlando! I am additionally together with a potential 1-Day Itinerary, in case you solely have someday to spend and also you need a prompt to-do checklist together with your children! And, I’ve my very own little set of Useful Notes (superior normal ideas that you must be sure to know)! Simply preserve scrolling right down to be sure to see every part!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Harry Potter – themed sights are in TWO parks at Common Studios in Orlando. Common Studios Florida contains The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Islands of Journey contains The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. In the event you’re a Harry Potter fan, you actually wish to go to each parks. You are able to do it on separate days, however I would extremely suggest doing the Hogwarts Specific Journey, which requires visiting each parks. Extra on that under!

I am beginning this checklist out with the ten issues I believe preschoolers will love essentially the most within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Common in Orlando!

#1- Hogwarts Specific Journey!

Primary is completely the Hogwarts Specific! Each preschooler I’ve ever recognized thinks trains are superior, and most love them a lot that driving an actual practice is a dream come true! 

I extremely suggest getting into the practice at Kings Crossing in Diagon Alley (from the Common Studios park) and driving it into Hogsmeade (within the Islands of Journey park). This requires entry to each parks. We used a Park to Park move, and it labored nice.

The main points within the practice station, traces, and entrance are implausible too. Listed here are just a few of my favorites:

In the event you’re quick on time, that is completely a must-do. Each baby on the practice beloved it! When you journey between stations, there may be even a “window” that’s really a display screen that reveals surroundings as if you happen to had been touring from London to Hogwarts!

If in case you have a little bit bit extra time, be sure to try a number of the different actions (#’s 2-10) under! And on the finish of the checklist, I’ve a potential itinerary that reveals a fantastic order to get all ten gadgets in!

#2- Purchase a wand & do some magic! 

There’s an Ollivander’s Wand Store in each Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. You may as well get wands at Wands by Gregorovitch (in Diagon Alley) or Common’s essential reward outlets, however the unimaginable store expertise at Ollivander’s is well worth the wait! Plus, it’s totally near the doorway in Diagon Alley. 

There are SO many partitions lined with an enormous number of wands to select from:

Contained in the field is a map displaying the place the wands will work their “magic:”

All through each Diagon Alley and Hogsmead, your interactive wand can solid totally different spells!

For instance, right here the wand is opening a case with a chocolate frog in it that may croak:

Different places performed music containers, made statues transfer, and way more!

You may “solid spells” at any of those places in Diagon Alley:

* Brown E. Wrights Blacksmith Store

* Pillwinkle’s Playthings

* Scribbulus

* Slug and Jiggers Apothecary

* The Magical Menagerie

* The Mermaid Fountain (by Carkitt Market)

* Wesley’s Wizard Wheezes

* Wiseacres

And you’ll “solid spells” at any of those places in Hogsmeade:

* Dervish and Banges

* Honeydukes

* Madam Puddifoot’s

* McHavelock’s

* Sprintwiches

* Tomes and Scrolls Specialist Bookshop

*Zonko’s Joke Store

Inside Ollivander’s is a panel the place you possibly can study extra about your individual private wand…

And a group of a number of the most well-known wands in wizarding historical past! Are you able to see the wand from Nicolas Flamel?!

#3- Drink a butterbeer!

This Harry Potter basic is straightforward to get in a number of stands and eating places. 

My favourite place to eat was The Leaky Cauldron (Diagon Alley facet), and it included the superior “memento cup” within the image above.

The Leaky Cauldron is fairly standard (as a result of it’s wonderful!), however you possibly can really pull up the menu on the app and order whilst you’re in line! Our meals was delivered only a couple minutes after we sat down!

#4- Knight Bus and Telephone Sales space!

Quantity 4 is the Knight Bus and telephone sales space! These are actually shut to every, and are simply so novel for teenagers! Everybody loves a bus, particularly one with a speaking head-driver and beds within the again! The telephone sales space is principally throughout the road, and one thing that the majority of our children won’t ever really use in actual life!

#5- Ice-cream and Treats! 

Children love ice-cream and treats! You may go to the well-known Honeydukes in Hogsmeade, get ice-cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley, and get different treats at Sugar Plum’s Candy Store in Diagon Alley! 

Getting Each-Taste Jelly Beans was excessive on our checklist of issues our children wished, so this bulk jelly bean show was fairly thrilling. The lovable little reward containers had been a fantastic deal with for associates at residence too:

Honeydukes additionally had a no-sugar added gummy worm treat–it was really the one “sugar free” deal with we had been capable of finding simply, so we grabbed a bag filled with them for my sugar-free baby as properly!

#6- Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Fort at sundown!

Because the solar units, the Hogwarts Fort in Hogsmeade lights up. When the sky darkens, an entire present that includes dementors, fires, spiders, and way more tasks throughout the fortress! It’s epic! The grand finale contains fireworks! It is the proper strategy to finish the day!

#7- Try the outlets… and pretend outlets! 

There are SO many cool outlets and window-only outlets in each Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade! Weasley’s Wizarding Weazes, High quality Quidditch Provides, and Ollivander’s Wands are wonderful in Diagon Alley. Owl Publish, in Hogsmeade, really has actual publish playing cards and stamps! You may ship mail or gather a brand new set of postage! 

Be sure to hand around in Diagon Alley lengthy sufficient to see the dragon on Gringott’s blow fireplace! It is actually hundreds of levels hot–we felt it from all the way in which down by The Leaky Cauldron! Rumor has it that it’ll occur about each ten minutes!

Additionally, I made a enjoyable Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt for you! Most of those totally different outlets or issues you possibly can see within the store home windows as you stroll by way of each Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade! Simply CLICK HERE to obtain it!

#8- Hippogriff Journey

In case your children like rollercoasters, Flight of the Hippogriff is ideal for younger kids! It is in Hogsmeade (Islands of Journey), and solely requires kids to be 36 inches tall (although in the event that they’re underneath 48 inches they want an grownup supervisor to trip with them). 

#9-  Escape from Gringotts Journey 

In case your children are tall sufficient and revel in rollercoasters and 3D and 4D results, and do not thoughts darkish flashes or rooms, they’ll love Escape from Gringotts Journey. I understand this can be a very slim group of preschoolers, however mine each slot in it, so I wished to share the small print in case yours do too!

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the one trip in Diagon Alley, and it’s fairly epic. Earlier than the trip even begins, the road winds by way of Gringotts financial institution, previous goblins and chandeliers, underground within the vaults, and extra! In the course of the trip you see Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but in addition scarier villains like Voldemort and Bellatrix. 

Children should be 42 inches tall and riders underneath 48 inches must have a supervising grownup trip with them. Listed here are just a few enjoyable photographs from the road:

After you’re taking an “elevator” down into the vault, you get 3D glasses, climb up a set of stairs towards some epic cave-y stalactites, and at last board the trip.

Every of my children would have been tall sufficient to go on this trip by the point they had been 4 years outdated, however the darkish rooms and scarier sequences would have been an excessive amount of for considered one of them. The others would have beloved it! I noticed a number of younger children having fun with the cool visible results, and I believe most preschoolers would like it! In the event you’re unsure about your individual baby dealing with the darker rooms, I would counsel giving it a try–there are a number of exit places all through the road that you may take in case your baby will get overwhelmed.

Additionally, see my Useful Notes under concerning the Youngster Swap.

#10- Hagrid’s Motorcycle & Forbidden Forest

Quantity ten is for 2 extra rollercoasters that your preschoolers should be a little bit taller for:

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorcycle Journey (48 inch minimal) and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (48 inch minimal peak). I am grouping them collectively since they’re each quick rollercoasters in Hogsmeade. 

My preschoolers did not attain this peak requirement till they had been 5, however you probably have tall children who like quick rollercoasters, these are implausible! In case your children are too quick for them, however they do not thoughts scenic traces, you would possibly wish to take them by way of the traces anyway and use the Youngster Swap for the adults in your group.

The road for Hagrid’s trip weaves by way of his backyard, hut, and even fortress. You see dragon eggs, pumpkins, and extra! That is the one trip that doesn’t have an choice for an Specific Go, however the surroundings for the road is so enjoyable, we did not thoughts strolling by way of it! Listed here are just a few photos:

The Forbidden Journey is definitely contained in the Hogwarts Fort. It makes use of beautiful visible, 3D, and 4D results as you journey across the fortress and Forbidden Forest! Here’s a preview of your complete trip:

This line weaves by way of Dumbledore’s workplace, previous the sorting hat, and an enormous number of different secrets and techniques within the fortress. It additionally has a Youngster Swap choice (see my Useful Notes on the finish)!

You’ve got reached the half the place I share my solutions for a potential 1-Day Itinerary! That is only a quick and easy define of the order I’d counsel doing issues to be sure to hit all a very powerful issues I listed above!

Earlier than I share it, I wish to level out that you probably have younger preschoolers who want day by day naps, I strongly suggest spending at the least two days on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Orlando. On someday, begin at Common Studios, do the Diagon Alley actions, and take the practice to Hogsmeade. Then go to your resort and take naps. On the second day, go do the Hogsmeade actions within the morning after which return to your room for naps.

In case your preschoolers can deal with a day with out naps, and even napping in a stroller, you possibly can most likely do that one-day itinerary. The benefit of spending one full day in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is that it leaves your different days for the remainder of the enjoyable at Common… and there may be lots to do exterior of Harry Potter!

For this itinerary, you want entry to each Common Studios and Islands of Journey. We used a two-park ticket.

Right here is my potential 1-day itinerary for you! 

It contains the entire issues I believe are completely must-sees in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for preschoolers… and their dad and mom!

#1- Knight Bus & Telephone Sales space. In the event you’re excited about Quantity 12 Grimmauld Place, that is the time to pop over there too–it’s very shut! And also you would possibly see Kreacher peeking out the window! Knight Bus & Telephone Sales space are mentioned above. Here is Grimmauld Place:

#2- Undergo the magical wall to enter Diagon Alley!

Severely, that is the good factor ever! 

#3-  Purchase a wand at Ollivander’s! Use the map to work your magic.

#4- Try the outlets in Diagon Alley! Do the Scavenger Hunt I made.

#5- Eat at The Leaky Cauldron. Get a butterbeer!

#6- Journey Escape from Gringotts!

#7- Get ice-cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.

#8- Journey Hogwart’s Specific practice to Hogsmeade!

#9- Try the outlets, use your magic wand, and work on the scavenger hunt at Hogsmeade.

#10- Journey Flight of the Hippogriff.

#11- Journey Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorcycle Journey! (in case your children are over 48″)


#12- Journey Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey! (in case your children are over 48″)

#13- Get dinner at The three Broomsticks!

#14- Get sweet at Honeydukes!

#15- Watch the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Fort!

Listed here are 5 useful notes and normal ideas! These are tremendous essential to know about–if you’re taking younger kids to theme parks commonly, you most likely already learn about them. But when that is your first massive journey, positively take a minute and be sure to’re accustomed to these!

#1: Youngster Swap. Each rollercoaster on this article has a baby swap choice. Which means that if your loved ones waits by way of the road with one baby who is just too quick for a trip, when you attain the tip of the road, adults can swap out sitting with the quick baby. For instance, say Mother, Dad, Older Sister, and Youthful Sister undergo Hagrid’s Motorcycle trip line. They attain the tip and Mother and Older Sister get on the rollercoaster. Dad and Youthful Sister wait off to the facet. When Mother and Older Sister return, they go sit with Youthful Sister and Dad takes a activate the trip. Then all of them exit collectively. 

There are a a wide range of Youngster Swap choices on totally different rides, so you will need to inform the worker originally of the trip that you just intend to make use of the Youngster Swap choice. They may let the father or mother sitting with the youthful baby(ren) wait within the Youngster Swap room whereas the opposite father or mother waits by way of the road. Some rides have an precise room whereas different rides simply have a partitioned space close to the trip entrance. Ask an worker at every trip so what to anticipate!

#2: Lockers. The entire “thrill rides” have lockers close by in your luggage, telephones, glasses, and many others. There are small free lockers and bigger “backpack-sized” lockers for a small payment. In the event you’re doing a Youngster Swap choice, the father or mother staying with the kid can preserve a small bag. 

#3: Snacks & Specific Passes.  Quantity three is all about making the traces extra nice in your kids. At all times carry snacks and water bottles in traces! There are trash bins you need to use as you get nearer to the rides so your fingers are empty on the precise trip. Nothing is worse than a hungry or thirsty baby in line! On that observe, in case your kids do not do properly in traces, think about buying an Specific Go. There are specific traces for each trip besides Hagrid’s Motorcycle. The specific traces often reduce the wait time down from about an hour to about fifteen minutes. 

#4: Strollers. In case your children usually are not used to being on their ft all day, think about bringing or renting a stroller. You can’t carry strollers into the trip traces, however there may be stroller parking close to each trip. Strollers could be a little bit massive, however they’re tremendous helpful for carrying children round… and all their stuff!

#5: Get the app! The Common Orlando app has TONS of knowledge! It contains wait occasions for traces, peak necessities for various rides, and even choices to order meals on-line! It’s SUPER useful, and also you positively need it! It’d take a bit of knowledge to obtain, although, so be sure to have it and have checked out the way it works earlier than you get to the park!

That is my HUGE information to bringing preschoolers to The Great Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I hope you’ve an exquisite time, and that you just discovered this information tremendous useful!

Blissful Educating,


This publish was written in cooperation with Common Orlando. All content material and opinions expressed are mine personally and don’t replicate any official statements from Common. As at all times, I share my sincere ideas, and solely suggest locations and merchandise I like!  💖 Carla

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