Universal Studios Orlando really put the icing on the cake when they brought Harry Potter interactive wands into the game. Now, just as in the Harry Potter books, you can cast your own spells of magic and execute your wizardry in the new Harry Potter theme park at Universal’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. The wands are almost like another attraction they are so entertaining!
Oh those Harry Potter Wands
Most every Harry Potter fan knows about Hogmeads Ollivanders Wand Shop, where you can buy movie replica wands for yourself or your little wizard. What most don’t know is Diagon Alley also has an Ollivanders, and they are selling the all new Harry Potter interactive wands.
Plan on budgeting in an extra $45 for your Diagon Alley experience because these little sticks cast magic spells that will take you on a multi-park map-guided hunt for magic medallions. These medallions give you directions for each of the magic spells that once done properly, interact with the park’s props. Once you find a medallion, it guides you on how to wave that magic wand and viola! Something cool happens in front of you! There’s no rhyme or reason to their layout, just a toad load of fun!
About the Interactive Wands
All of the “unclaimed” wands are available as interactive wands, as well as Dumbledore’s, Harry’s, and Hermione’s character wands. Unclaimed wands are ones not associated with characters in the Harry Potter books or films and are based on the Celtic tree calendar. If you are the one special person that is “chosen” during the Ollivanders Wand Shop performance, you will be given a wand (magically of course) based on your birthday (and a few other magical tricks). The tips of the wands are made with what looks like glass. Either way they are pretty fragile. I have been lucky with mine, but some have broken the tips in the park. Make sure your little wizard treats their wand with care.
Getting Chosen at Ollivanders Wand Shop
If you plan on buying an interactive wand, I highly recommend going to the Ollivanders Wand Shop where you can be a part of the wand show. It’s a very intimate and relaxing experience (as opposed to the cattle drive in other stores). Here you are brought back in very small groups, led down a long hall into an old room with shelves upon shelves of wands. One person from the group gets chosen at random to have a wand magically selected for them.
Watch the Little Fairytale Traveler as he’s chosen!
The Little Fairytale Traveler was in luck and was chosen for this magical experience! A mother couldn’t be more proud! I must say, watching my 5-year-old watch in wonder as a wand was magically selected just for him was beyond enchanting. He was so excited and so charmed! It was a very memorable experience for both he and I.
Harry Potter Spells of Magic
There are a total of 25 spells of magic for your heart’s content in both the Harry Potter worlds. Use your own wizardry and see what you can do! You will find the Harry Potter spells list on your map with your interactive wand. Fix a knight’s armor, make a fountain squirt, or shrunken heads sing with a wave of your wand. It’s seriously a cool experience and one that will bring you even deeper into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There are several secret spells that are not listed on the map. Here are the ones we know of:
- Slug and Jiggers Apothecary faux storefront (2 here).
- The right-hand window of Scribbulus Writing Implements on Horizon Alley.
Tips on Waving that Magic Wand
We all know technology isn’t flawless. We experienced a few “technical difficulties” and I only imagine that this will become more of an issue as time goes on, but I have faith in Universal Studios. If they can bring Harry Potter books to life with animatronics and interactive Goblins, I’m pretty sure they can swing Xbox Kinect technology. Be prepared to give your spells of magic a few good tries before something happens. Magic is a delicate thing you know! Here’s a few pointers I picked up while casting my magic spells:
- Stand directly behind the medallion.
- Don’t make your magic wand go wild! Use short movements and be precise. You’re not wielding a sword.
- Make sure to stand close enough.
- Make sure the wand is facing in the right direction (no brainer I know but you’d be surprised).
- Be patient and mindful of the park members who are there to help you. They are all in character and offer a great deal of help when playing with your new interactive wands.
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