Don't leave for your trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter without these tips.

By Leslie Hsu Oh
April 12, 2018

Going to Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter was a big deal for our family of six. Not only because all of us—adults and kids spanning the age of one through 12—have long been fans of the books and movies, but because the cost of flights, lodging, and tickets were a significant investment. A one-day general admissions ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood starts at $105 ($179 for a Universal Express pass), while a one-day/two-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida (Diagon Alley) and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade) starts at $160.

Near closing time on our recent trip, as we raced to one last ride for the older kids, our younger ones passed out in the double stroller, I wish I’d known I could have unwinded with a Hog’s Tea, the (unadvertised) strongest drink you can order at Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade. In fact, now that I’ve returned from vacation, I’ve discovered a few other Harry Potter World secrets I wish I’d known before boarding my flight. Here are eight hacks you don’t want to miss.

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