Universal Orlando Resort Providing New Ways to Experience the World of “Harry Potter”
As we eagerly await more information about the upcoming Epic Universe, we cannot neglect to mention similarly exciting additions to already existing parks. From spellbinding shopping opportunities to imminent interactive experiences, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing some serious magic to 2024.
First up is the now-open House of MinaLima pop-up shop at Universal CityWalk. MinaLima Studios, a collaboration between Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, was a major contributor to bringing the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movie series to life with the studio’s memorable and magically styled graphics. Now, for a limited time, resort guests can find its iconic memorabilia for sale within the Harry Potter section of the Universal Studios Store. The Wizarding World keepsakes up for purchase include journals, prints, decor, and more. Not in Florida? You can find MinaLima shops in London, New York, Osaka, Paris, Seoul, and Tokyo, as well as online.
If you are in Orlando, head to Universal Studios Store at Universal CityWalk immediately! Your charms and potions have worked and we have brought a curated collection of our designs for you to shop. 😉❤️ pic.twitter.com/BmndJY5zR9
— MinaLima (@minalima) January 29, 2024
Next, we have an inkling that the wand experiences at Orlando’s Wizarding World parks are getting a tune-up. Work walls and permits provide more specific evidence; let’s take a closer look.
The city of Orlando’s website shows that permits have been filed recently for “enhancements” happening at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Projects labeled “HARRY POTTER WINDOWS” give credence to the rumors saying that all of the currently existing interactive wand displays are getting updated, but that is only part of what may be happening based on the aforementioned work walls.
These barriers can be found in a few places, such as near Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, one of two locations in Hogsmeade rumored to soon be hosting new wand experiences. On that note, another one of the permits filed lists the name “DUELING DUMMIES,” providing a further hint on the nature of the new attraction. Other work walls growing the anticipation can be found inside Knockturn Alley, where it’s said at least one new wand effect is expected.
Whatever the installation, we can also look forward to some possible new capabilities for the wands themselves. Rumors of upgraded interactive wands include new connectivity with the Universal Orlando app, allowing guests to track experiences within the park as well as complete challenges. These wands are said to be debuting this summer, or at least sometime before the opening of Epic Universe.
What new effects and attractions are you hoping to see come to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks? Tell us in the comments below.