On the Road to the Wizarding World Hollywood: Ollivander's
Every witch and wizard needs a wand, and it seems that Universal has sold enough wands to equip nearly all the muggles visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, too. So when the Wizarding World opens at Universal Studios Hollywood, one should expect its version of Ollivander's to become one of its most popular storefronts, as well.
All photos of the Orlando version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Ollivander's has been selling wands to the witches and wizards selected by them since 382 B.C., in the Harry Potter canon. Harry Potter bought his holly-and-phoenix-feather wand from Garrick Ollivander in the Diagon Alley Ollivander's. And in all of Universal's Ollivander's shops, a young wizard or witch is chosen to re-enact the same "wand choses the wizard" moment depicted in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
But you can buy a wand without seeing the show (and waiting in what can be a long time for it on busy days). Wands are available for sale in the shop accessible from the small room in which the wand-choosing-the-wizard moment takes place as well as from Dervish and Banges.
A larger selection of wands is available in Owl Post, located on the Hogsmeade High Street next to Ollivander's entrance.
Visitors will have a choice of traditional or slightly higher-priced interactive wands, which can trigger animation effects in windows throughout Hogsmeade.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens officially at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, though soft-openings are expected to start at any time. A limited selection of wands and other Harry Potter souvenirs are now on sale in a special preview store near the front of the park.
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Curious to know if they will have modified Olivander's at USH to include multiple demonstrations areas due to the popularity of the location in Florida.
Do you know if the interactive wands from Orlando will work in Hollywood? Will the technology be the same or will we have to buy a duplicate wand to work?
It would be wise to have the multiple demonstrations like they have in Diagon Alley. On all of our many Universal vacations, we never once attempted to see the demo at Hogsmeade, since the lines were way too long, even at early hours opening. But we did the show at Diagon since the lines were very short due to three simultaneous shows. And, the interactive wands are a blast. I bought one for my GF and she had a constant smile on her face as she cast the spells at the two dozen or more locations. And we're not kids either, or rabid fans of the HP books or movies. But we are certainly great fans of the immersive HP experience Universal has built at Orlando. Nothing quite like it anywhere.
Owl Post and Dervish carry the same number of wands as it is technically the same store.
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