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Ollivander's Wand Shop reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Ollivander's Wand Shop, a live show in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Posted: March 29, 2014

A short live show where a wand choose a young wizard, from among the 20 or so people admitted to the shop at a time. Due to the low capacity of the show, this attraction often has the longest wait in the park. Arrive first thing in the morning or face a long wait.

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73 votes, so far

Long waits to watch a random kid wave a stick. The effects are on the weaker side. Just an odd experience. - Ringmaster A

Since I wasn't exactly expecting to get 'chosen' I just waited for the show, which was lovingly acted. A very long wait for a relatively short show, but fun. I'd recommend it right after eating a meal so to give yourself time to settle before heading to a more active venue or ride. - Laura Danielson

We loved this show, of course because our daughter was chosen for the wand, but reports that you have to pay for the wand if chosen are false! Maybe it was that way in the beginning, but we were thrilled to save ourselves $30! It was worth the 20 min wait, especially since the line is easy to jump in and out of to go use the bathroom (as long as someone is left to save your spot!). I think we would have enjoyed the show even if we weren't chosen. But luckily we were! - Amanda Jackson

Kinda interesting, but pretty short. - Anthony Murphy

no, just not worth the wait. - David Shaul

I'm in the minority here, but I loved this short show! For a Potter fan, you really can feel like you're standing in Ollivander's shop, watching those dusty old boxes do their thing. Granted, I had early entry and waited all of about 5 minutes to get in- perhaps that was what allowed me to enjoy it as much as I did. I would not wait long for this, but if you can get in without too long of a line, go for it. If you're really a fan of the HP books, it's a must. If not, skip it. - KJ Simpson

Boring show with poor special effects. Pathetic if your not chosen. Lucky I didn't wait or I'd want my money back. - Matt Babiak

Waited an hour and a half to go into this experience. And that was standing from 8am - rope drop in the summer. Luckily my brother got chosen so the attraction was amazing, but if he never then it wouldn't be nearly as good. If you are chosen then you still need to buy the wand - no freebies here - but are under no obligation to do so. - Andrew Mooney

Lets just say we managed to drink two butterbeers each whilst queueing to get in a shop! The queue was over an hour and I wasn't sure what I was getting myself in for. Never again. The theming was excellent, almost identical to the movie, but pointless all the same; I would have been happy just to walk through it and not watch a "show". - Ben Price

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