HoneyDukes candy shop, Harry Potter candy at Harry Potter theme park

It’s time for some more Harry Potter theme park news! This time I went to HoneyDukes, the Harry Potter candy shop. It’s not all that big, but they really cram it full of those Harry Potter sweets!

As you can see above I made a picture video of the inside of HoneyDukes candy shop at the Harry Potter theme park. I also have a regular picture gallery you can see below for bigger pictures.

HoneyDukes Harry Potter candy shop is located to your left in Hogsmeade village, close to the main entrance, not the back entrance that goes over a bridge.
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Harry Potter merchandise shops at Harry Potter theme park

Harry Potter merchandise shops

Many Harry Potter fans have been asking me just what kinds of Harry Potter merchandise shops are in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios.

With now over 1,000 licensed new Harry Potter merchandise items to choose from, all exclusive to the Harry Potter theme park, there is a lot to find. You can only buy them here, nowhere else. All the other items you see in toy stores and so on are replicas, not officially licensed items.

There are basically five different shops inside the Harry Potter land where you can purchase Harry Potter merchandise. All but one are located in the Hogsmeade village. The other one is located inside the Hogswart’s castle. Here’s the list:
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Universal Harry Potter vacations packages May 28th

Universal offering harry potter vacation packages May 28th!

Harry Potter fans have been keeping a close eye on when Universal Studios will open up the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter land. They have been tight-lipped about telling when it will open. But now we have a much closer open date!

That’s because Universal Studios has been starting to offer new vacation packages tied in to the Harry Potter attraction. The new deals are good starting May 28th. So, if they give vacation packages upselling how you will see the Harry Potter attraction, then it’s clear it will be open at least by May 28th!

But they always have a “soft” opening before that, so they can work the bugs out of the new rides and so on. They want to be sure everything is working good before they invite guest to stay and see the Harry Potter attraction.
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Sneak peek at Universal Studios The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios peek at The Wizarding world of Harry Potter park

One of biggest projects going on at Universal Studios Orlando right now is the construction of the new Wizarding world of Harry Potter park. Located where the dueling dragons are now at Islands of Adventure, it will be a theme park within a theme park at 20 acres in size. Harry Potter fans are very eager to see it open, and many will be scheduling their Orlando vacation around the opening date.

Up to now Universal Studios would only say it would open sometime in 2010, quite a big time frame. But now they have announced that The Wizarding world of Harry Potter theme park will open in the spring of 2010! That still leaves 3 months or so of time within to open, but at least it’s better than a whole year.

Universal Studios peek at The Wizarding world of Harry Potter park

As for what rides you can expect, there seems to be at least 3 major Harry Potter themed rides, maybe as many as 5. The biggest and best so far seems to be “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” a state-of-the-art attraction located within the recreated Hogwarts Castle. Not a roller coaster, it sounds like a mix between the “Spiderman ride” and “the mummy”.

The other Harry Potter rides will also be good I’m sure. Universal Studios is really banking a lot on this, so they know they have to get it right and get it good! If you need to schedule your Orlando vacation soon and really want to visit The Wizarding world of Harry Potter, I would play it safe and shoot for late spring, around June to make sure it’s open.

Universal Studios peek at The Wizarding world of Harry Potter park