Hogwarts castle, with a view of Flight of the Hippogriff, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor roller coaster.The Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7. For Pottermaniacs looking to be among the first to see it, Australia and New Zealand Universal Studios Hollywood representative Tristan Freedman offers these tips:
Best time of the day and week to visit?
Typically, the best time is midweek, when the Los Angeles locals aren’t visiting. It is also really worth checking if your visit is going to coincide with any US school vacations and try to avoid weekends and public holidays.
Can they pre-order tickets?
Absolutely. Universal Studios Hollywood works directly with all of Australia’s travel agencies, so customers can purchase their tickets before departing for the US. Particularly, once Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens, it is highly recommended that people purchase tickets ahead of their travels.
Is there a way to avoid the big queues with a VIP access or some such?
The two premium ticketing options that are really popular with Australians are the Front of Line ticket and the VIP Experience. Front of Line, as the name suggests, gets you one-time Front of Line access to all the major rides and attractions. The VIP Experience is a full-day experience with all the bells and whistles. You get a VIP lounge arrival, a private Studio Tour (where you actually get to walk through working sets and sound stages), and lots more.
How long should they plan for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?
For Aussies, Universal Studios Hollywood is a fantastic one-day experience. If you’ve got Front of Line or VIP Experience tickets, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all of the rides and attractions. Of course, if you’ve got Harry Potter fans in tow, then two days might be a good option.
And how about packages for accommodation?
There are two fantastic accommodation options within Universal City. The Sheraton Universal and Hilton Universal are within stone’s throw of the park entry. It’s also worth noting that Hollywood itself is connected to Universal City by the Los Angeles Metro for just $1.75. iTravel has packages starting at $379 a person twin share for two nights’ accommodation at the Garland Los Angeles, plus entry to Universal Studios Hollywood. Contact iTravel on (02) 8880 7540.
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