Have you had a chance to visit Ollivander's Wand Shop at Universal Studios? Your first stop should be to get interactive Harry Potter wands for the kids.
The experience is well worth the 30-minute wait time because when you're allowed to enter, there's a small chance you'll get chosen to have the shopkeeper find a wand for you.
There's a show of a wand choosing one person, then after you can enter the shop lined with wands from the floor to ceiling. There are character wands and regular wands, each with different strengths. It's really fun to find one that suits your own personality.
The interactive wands are marked with gold stickers, and for a few extra dollars, they allow you to perform magic in the shop windows outside all throughout Harry Potter world.
Our son chose Lord Voldemort's wand. He's the villain, but I asked if I should be worried and was told, "There is no bad wand, only a bad wizard or witch."
Our daughter chose a holly wand that resembled her personality. She took her time carefully reading the descriptions of all the wands before selecting.,
It comes with a map of where to conduct the magic spells and you must draw carefully in the air to get the magic to work properly.
The kids LOVED it!
Then we waited in line to ride the famous Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey simulation ride. It's a great way to get through the story of Harry Potter and understand some of it if to enjoy the trip more.
Neither of the kids thought it was too scary, but out 5-year-old was just one inch too short to ride. Luckily, there's a wonderful waiting room for "child switch" riders where they play Harry Potter movies and it's cool and dark, so a great place to relax for little ones with tired legs.
If you aren't able to visit Universal Studios, our daughter has come up with a way you can make your very own Harry Potter wand!
1. Gather your materials. Here's what you're going to need:
2. Take the skewer and the hot glue gun, and make a pattern of some sort with the glue. Make sure to add glue to the sharp end so it won't hurt anybody when you play with it later.
3. Spray the entire wand with the gold spray paint, over a cardboard box outdoors to contain the mess and fumes. Let it dry and play!
Have you been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios? Let us know in the comments below what your favorite part was!
Here's the awesome video version where you can see all the wands:
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