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the wizarding world of HARRy POTTER Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the centerpiece of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. rick shively T onsite review june 2010 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the latest magic conjured up by Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and it’s a major hat trick your clients are not going to want to miss. And, judging from the crowds that packed the park and the Orlando hotels during the launch of the attraction, you’ve got a pretty much guaranteed sale if you jump on it now. Located in the rear of Universal’s Islands of Adventure park, the new Harry Potter attraction comes as close to the book and the popular films spawned by the books, as you can get in a theme park venue. It’s all here in Universal Orlando Resort’s Hogsmeade Village—Hogwarts Castle, of course; Honeydukes for sweets; Ollivanders, where Potter fans can pick out their very own wands; Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, many of which are on sale; the Three Broomsticks, where park-goers can grab a magical meal; and the Hogs Head Tavern. Two of the most popular village shops were Ollivanders and the Hogs Head Tavern. At Ollivanders, park-goers are lined up all around the village, it seems, and once inside, the proprietor and wand master has a show for each group, selecting a lucky child out of the line where 100 september 2010 they duplicate Harry’s own experience as he selected his wand. Bottles break and things seem to fly around until eventually, the right wand for the new wizard-to-be is found. It’s a fun show and kids and adults alike genuinely enjoy it before heading into the adjoining retail store where wands are sold. And judging from the amount of kids trudging back to their hotels at the end of the day wand-in-hand, it’s a hot sell and a hefty one at that, with about a $30 price tag. The Hogs Head Tavern is still another popular venue where you can belly up to the bar for a mug of butterbeer, pumpkin juice or a real beer for mom or dad. The Hogs Head is right there over the bar and even before you have your first beer, it comes to life snorting and growling every now and then—just often enough to convince yourself you’re not seeing things. There’s also a large variety of quality beer available—10 in all including Bass, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. At the Three Broomsticks, you can choose from such entrees as the “Great Feast Platter,” fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Cornish pasty, turkey legs and fresh vegetables. Children’s menu items include chicken,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend September 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Norwegian Epic
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam
Ocean Club Resorts, Turks & Caicos
10 Great Family Resort Stays
Saint Lucia Travel Agent Specialist Program
Stay Awhile: Great Family Escapes
Touring Latin America: Calling All Explorers!
Montreal—"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Hawaii: Mahalo to Condo-Hotels
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Unforgettable Safaris
The Wonders of China
Christmas Tours

Recommend September 2010