Going to an amusement park on Christmas Eve has become a tradition for me. And, although I don’t go every year, I try to go when I can. This year I chose to have a Christmas Eve Universal Experience in Hollywood.
Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey
I started my Christmas Eve Universal Experience in Hogsmeade and rode Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey. Using the single rider line I was immediately able to ride the ride twice without waiting in line. I should probably also note that this was immediately after the park opened, and it as forecast to rain.
Flight of the Hippogriff & Frog Choir
From there I rode the Flight of the Hippogriff, which had only a five minute wait. Then I got myself a butterbeer and settled in to watch the Frog Choir.
Cast a Spell
From there, I got out the wand I bought in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando and cast a few spells. Yes, the wand from Orlando worked in Hollywood. However, there were a few key differences.
- First, the spells are different, so the map from Universal Orlando was pretty much useless.
- The spells, movements and all, were on a circle shaped emblem on the ground in front of the shop.
- You need to make sure you do the movement in front of the camera. This was the same for the Wizarding World of Orlando, but it’s worth mentioning.
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10 thoughts on “My Christmas Eve Universal Experience: Hogsmeade”
Ah, single rider line is the best! I love not having to wait in lines, haha. Going to an amusement park on Christmas Eve sounds like a fun tradition! I’ve yet to visit either of these in Hollywood or Orlando but would love to go someday!
Yes. I’m a bit of a free spirit, so I go to things like this by myself all the time. It was a pleasant surprise to find out about the single rider lines the first time I went. Unfortunately, Forbidden Journey was the only one open when I was there on Christmas Eve.
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan–that’s how I got interested in the parks in the first place. I live about a half hour from the park in Hollywood, so I have a season pass, but I went to Universal in Orlando for my birthday in October. Universal Orlando is much, much bigger, with so much more to do. Universal Hollywood is a smaller park. There are rumors that they are building a third Harry Potter ride though, which I am really excited for.