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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka, Japan

March 6, 2015

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Back in January, we visited Kobe and Osaka. Last week we shared a phenomenal food experience with our What is Kobe Beef video, and this week we’re sharing one of our most memorable experiences of our lives: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka, Japan.

Have we got any Harry Potter fans in the house? I should certainly hope so because wow, what an amazing book series and accompanying movie series. Interestingly, when Simon and I just got married he wasn’t interested in Harry Potter because he had only seen a few of the movies without reading the books and thought they were just “meh”. Of course I forced (I mean, gently and lovingly suggested) him to read the books. Simon learned the error of his ways and entered the magical world of Harry Potter. We even went to the bookstore for the midnight release of the final book. Memories!

As with most movies based on books, the books tend to be more in depth with the characters since they don’t have a time limit. By reading the book and then watching a movie you totally understand the characters even when the director leaves gaps in the movie while people who don’t read the book suffer questions like, “why would they do that?” or “that was a random decision” or “why wouldn’t he/she just do this?” So even though Simon suffered this kind of Harry Potter confusion at first, he is totally a convert now. We’ve had visiting Harry Potter world on our bucket list since I heard it was being built. I never dreamed they would open one so close to us, and by close to us I mean in Japan.

So I want this blogpost to be both a fun read and also a helpful read to those of you thinking of traveling to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios. Alright, onto storytelling time! Yes. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was freaking mind blowing and everything you ever wanted it to be. I’m not going to make this easy for you. It wasn’t like visiting a movie set or a theme park, it was a completely all encompassing world of magic. As you walk down the tree lined path towards the entrance way of Hogsmeade the theme music begins to make your toes tingle with excitement and you feel like a first year student about to see the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the first time. The second you walk through that archway into Hogsmeade you are no longer in Universal Studio. I mean, the rest of the Universal Studio theme park is exactly like being on a cheesy studio set but Hogsmeade is a working town with a towering life sized Hogwarts perched on a huge cliff in the distance. SSSSSSQQQQQQQQQQUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAALLLLL!!!!

From the cobblestone roads to the slanted buildings coated in a magical puff of snow, it feels totally real. The small details like the window pains looking like they have aged glass to the wood beams being actually made of wood and smelling like wood completely immerse you. Yes, it is very crowded so for some of the shops it’s a slow squishy moving experience, but we found that it started out very crowed around 1:30pm – 4:30 and after that it started empty out. We went to every single shop and rode on every single ride so here’s our advice on getting the most out of your visit to Universal Studios and Hogsmeade.

Eating At Universal Studios and The Three Broomsticks

Universal Studio Japan lets you bring in your own food and they don’t even check your bags. We visited the Lawson’s convenience store located on the pathway leading up to the park entrance before entering the park at 10am in the morning and sat on a bench eating a yummy Japanese bento box. We packed water and some onigiri (stuffed rice triangles) and it saved us a lot of money since we didn’t have eat at the hotel for breakfast. My only regret is not getting a coffee because there was only one shop that offered it inside Universal Stuidos and it was expensive and small…but I bought it in desperation. By the time we ate through our snack supply we entered Hogsmeade at 1:30pm (timed ticket entry I’ll explain below) and waited in an over 45 minute lineup to eat at The Three Broomsticks pub.

The giant winding lineup leads up to a multiple front cashiers where you place your order cafeteria style, then you move to a different location to pick up your food, and then you’re seated in the lovely big pub area. Make sure you order everything you want at the cashier as there are no waiters to take your order. We got two glasses of hot butterbeer (which is only available in the winter time) and we paid extra to have them served in take home heat resistant plastic butterbeer mugs. I figure it is a nice souvenir that can actually be used at home! All the food was based off of British pub food and it was all pretty yummy, but it was expensive. I was happy we brought our snacks earlier on because there were no other eating options in Hogsmeade besides candy.

The Hog’s Head Pub

The Three Broomsticks shared a joint seating space with The Hog’s Head pub which offers a couple different kinds Harry Potter themed beer, like, actually beer, and the lineup is much shorter. However, that’s because you can’t order food there and there is no seating for people who order just beer, so the seating we saw was just overflow from The Three Broomsticks. But if you want to grab a beer and stand around the bar, no problem! If you want to sit down and eat, go back and wait in that giant ass lineup.

Universal Studio Pass vs Express Pass

You have to pay for a basic ticket to get entrance into Universal Studios and that cost 7,200 yen ($75) with tax per adult. This basic ticket allows you to go on all the attractions at Universal Studios but there kept being a mention of buying an Express Pass to shorten your wait in line. We weren’t going to buy it but in the end we thought, we’re flying all the way to Japan to visit this place ONE TIME ONLY, let’s just do it. Thank goodness we did because the lineups were huge and we would have waited hours for just one attraction. In the end we paid the off-season price of 4,700 yen ($48) with tax for the Universal Express Pass 5 which allows you to pick five out of the seven top attractions to use the Express Line as well gave us an automatic Timed Ticket Entry into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We went to just three of the normal Universal Studio attractions (Spiderman 4D, Jurassic Park and Space Fantasy) and that took us from 10am – 1:00pm using the Express Line up which allowed us to blow past the jumbo lines and wait in a shorter one. They scan your express pass before each ride so they know if you’ve used it over the limit. But just imagine how long it would have taken if we didn’t have these passes. However, if you have no interest on going on these rides (there were fun but cheesy) pay for the basic entrance ticket and immediately go to get your free Timed Entry Tickets into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as soon as those gates open.

What is a Timed Ticket Entry?

Whatever you do, don’t skip getting this ticket! It’s free but you need it! It is so freakin’ busy in Harry Potter land that it’s the only attraction that requires you to get a (free) timed ticket entry pass. They stagger the times on these tickets to let giant waves of people enter in a more controlled manor. But once you’re in, there is no time limit to how long you stay in Harry Potter land! WOOOO!!!! As I mentioned before, buying an Express Pass automatically gave us a timed ticket entry but our time was disappointing late at 2:45pm. We ran into some lovely fans that got their timed tickets at the machine in the park and just happened to find an extra one on the ground for 1:30pm. They were kind enough to give us this extra ticket so we got in over an hour early. We stayed at Harry Potterland until the park closed so we were really grateful for those tickets, thank you again!

Hogwarts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Ride

This was the most awesome attraction at the park and all the other rides were just BLARG compared to it! In order to get on this ride you have to enter Hogwarts which is already freaking exciting. You put all your stuff into a locker and then you begin your walk to the ride entrance. Instead of waiting in a boring lineup with nothing around you get to “tour” Hogwarts and that makes just the walk to the ride amazing. You start off with the incredibly real talking portraits (ours were all in Japanese so we didn’t understand anything…HAHAHAH), you wind you way up the dimly lit stairs and down the corridors past classrooms, Professor Dumbeldore’s office, and even the Gryffindor common room. There are even holograms of various characters that walk around and interact in the rooms! Take your time and enjoy this amazing view of Hogwarts even if you don’t want to go on the ride. Eventually you’ll arrive at an amazing floating candle lit room with moving “benches”. You’re strapped into the benches and it takes you on an incredible 4D cinematic and theatrical experience where you fly on broomsticks, get fire blown on you (seriously yo) come face to face with real puppet Dementors (who are freaking terrifying) and more. It was mind blowing. Mind blowing. Oh and the Flight of the Hippogriff is a children’s roller coaster but we went on it anyways. We had the chance to see Hagrid’s hut while waiting in line so we went for it!

Harry Potter Merchandise

Don’t worry, you can buy evvvvvvvvvvvvvverything you’ve ever seen in the movies. This place is making serious bank. Dervish and Banges, The Owl Post, and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods all sell overlapping merch but also some unique stuff made for each store. We visited everyplace just to see it all and nobody working there stopped you from filming, which was really cool. People even tried on robes and hats and the staff helped take pictures even though they didn’t buy anything.

I bought my awesome Hermione Granger light up wand at Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods located in Hogwarts. Currently I use a Big Bang glow stick to see at nighttime but now I have TWWWOOOOOOO options that are equally as cool. You can also get non-light up wands at Ollivander’s and there is also a theatrical performance in which Ollivander chooses a lucky audience member to try out a wand, but that is located on the other side of the shop. Honeydukes and Zonko’s Joke Shop shared the the same space, so even though there is a big line for Honeydukes you can see both shops in one go. We bought a pack of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and JUST filmed a WTF video about them with a surprise guest. You’ll just have to wait and see who has the worst luck and gets all the vomit flavoured beans.

Official Universal Studio Hotels: Are they worth it?

There are four official Universal Studio Hotels and the only reason they are called official is because they are located directly outside the studio.

Hotel Kintetsu Universal City
Hotel Keihan Universal Tower
Hotel Keihan Universal City
Hotel Universal Port

Yes, it was totally worth staying at one of these hotels if you want to get the most out of your time at Universal Studios. I recommend any of these hotels but be aware that Hotel Universal Port is located on the other side of the subway station near the beach, hence Port. It’s still very very close by but you do have to cross the street. I just booked the cheapest possible deal that I could find from one of these four hotels because they are all so incredibly close to both the subway station and the studio it makes no difference.

However, if you want to see the rest of Osaka I wouldn’t recommend staying at these hotels for the whole trip since it’s very touristy. We stayed in a modern Japanese style apartment using Airbnb for our trip in Osaka and had booked the cheapest room at Keihan Universal City for just one night. We arrived as early as possible so that we could get into Universal Studios for its 10am opening. Even though check-in is at 2PM (the hottest time of day) we knew that we could leave our luggage behind free of charge. We bought our entrance tickets to Universal Studios in our hotel along with our Express Passes which was super convenient. We ended up staying at Universal Studios until they closed and then I hobbled back with my disgusting bloody feet (oh man…must see…all…Harry Potter land…) to our hotel which had already delivery our luggage up to our hotel room! Awesome. We got up early the next morning, checked out, walked 5 minutes to the subway, and headed to the airport.

Universal City Subway Station

When you leave the subway at the Universal City Station you directly exit onto the Universal Studio boardwalk. You don’t need a taxi or anything it’s just so close. This boardwalk winds past the four hotels, various name brand restaurants (like the Hard Rock Cafe), Lawson’s convenience store (great for cheap snacks), and it eventually ends at the Universal Studio entrance.

Universal Studio Japan Hotel MapUniversal Studio Japan Hotel Map

So that’s it! That’s our epic journey that was totally worth everything because IT WAS AWESOME and magical and everything I every wanted *ugly sobbing* I hope you can either live through my experience or be prepared for your own when you plan on going.

I have two questions for you:
have you ever been to Universal Studio or the wonderful Harry Potter land?
Have you been sorted into a Hogwarts House and which one is it? Even though I wanted to be a Slytherin I’m a Ravenclaw. Simon hasn’t been sorted yet but I think he’s going to end up in Hufflepuff. Hahahahhaha!

And we have some extra scenes as well, if you’re interested in some more Harry Potter magic!

Also, if you’re interested, we’ve got another scene available on our app WHICH IS SO CLOSE TO ANDROID LAUNCH IT ISN’T EVEN FUNNY! Rose is gonna beta test it a bit more, since she’s the only one with an Android phone, and once she gives us the thumbs up we’re going live on Android! Soon guise, soon!

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  1. I was sorted in Hufflepuff! All love. No shame. ^_^

    4 years ago
    • Me too! I used to think I’d want to be in Gryffindor, but I am happy to be a Hufflepuff! Wouldn’t change it for the world!

      4 years ago
  2. Just a quick note: 7200 yen is definitely not $75. It’s more like $60 with the exchange rate. And 4700 yen is a bit less than $40. (Which really sucks for me since I work in Japan but need to pay off my student loan in USD… T-T )

    4 years ago
  3. Every time I watch your videos about Japan I die a little inside (don’t get me wrong, I love your videos) because I WAS THERE!! I wanted to meet you guys but you got there one week after I left :( ! I went to Universal Studios and even tho it was raining, it was awesome. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was definitely my favorite part. Next time I’m going to Korea (I hope, nothing decided yet) and I will see you guys, I swear! I love traveling, even if I have to be 13+ hours to get from México to Korea.

    4 years ago
  4. The only thing Slytherin about Simon is that he cheats. I see Martina as a Gryffindor because she is very assertive and brave. Simon, you are a Hufflepuff.

    I went to the Orlando HP Wizarding World. It was so incredible. The Forbidden Journey is the absolute best ride ever invented. Was Moaning Murtle in the men’s bathroom in Japan? She was in the Orlando one. I never saw her, but you could hear her talking in the men’s bathroom in the women’s bathroom.

    4 years ago
  5. Meg

    That looks AMAZING! I’ve never been to any of the Wizarding Worlds :( but I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I had such a crush on Draco growing up, even when just reading the books. I standby my assessment that he’s ones of the most misunderstood and sad characters in the series!

    So yea, every online quiz I’ve ever taken and the official sorting of Pottermore has put me in Slytherin and Simon, while we would love to have you, I think you’re more Gryffindor than anything else. After Gryffindor I would say Hufflepuff. By yea, Martina is a Hufflepuff through and through, there’s no doubt. And no shame because Hufflepuff is actually Rowling’s favorite house! I mean, I hear the for awhile the house had a weird sparkling vampire infestation issue, but thats mostly been taken care of by now.

    Anyway, glad to see you guys had so much fun and I’m so jealous!!!

    4 years ago
    • OH! I feel the same way about Draco. I think his dad passed on his horrible racist attitude to him but I’m not fully convinced Draco believes it. Obviously the books aren’t written from Draco’s perspective so we don’t know what’s going on in his platinum head, but I love reading fanfics that focus on how he realizes his father is a giant prat. And then he can hook up with Hermione! Yayyyyy!!! Hahahaha!

      4 years ago
      • I never saw him as evil. A jerk, maybe, but not evil.

        4 years ago
      • Yes!!! I used to ship Hermione and Draco so hard!!! There’s still a part of me that wished something had happened. Especially since she hit him in the face in the third book :P

        4 years ago
  6. I did the Harry Potter studio tour in London last September (coincidentally a few days after I was in Korea doing tarot readings at your café :) and I loved it. They have the timed ticket thing as well. It is pretty awesome to see all the sets, costumes, masks and special effects etc. While you’re waiting in line you pass Harry’s cupboard under the stairs and after a video intro thing you go straight into the great hall of Hogwarts. The highlights for me were walking down the actual Diagon Alley, the scale model of Hogwarts that they used for all the castle shots (it looks awesome in photos and videos) and the outdoor sets like Harry’s parents house and the knight bus.

    I’d love to go to the Osaka one though, it looks a bit more interactive and like you can really immerse yourself in that world. There were some sections of the studio tour that were a bit like a museum, in that you can look but not get too close. Which is understandable, since they don’t want people to damage the sets. You should do the London one sometime and compare the two :)

    4 years ago
  7. I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Island of Adventure back in 2013. I loved it so much, the atmosphere was just amazing. We didn’t spend as much time there as I had wanted and I missed out on some of the rides because it was too packed. I’m hoping to go again this September and spend all my time there. The one in Florida doesn’t require the passes to enter the Harry Potter part of the park but if you want to get on the Hogwarts ride faster you can get the fast pass. Personally I didn’t see much of a time difference when I went.
    I was sorted into Ravenclaw a long time ago but I always wanted to be Slytherin.

    4 years ago
  8. In regards to your 1st question, I’ve been to the one in Orlando & it was awesome! If visiting for the first time, try to keep expectations low to fully enjoy the experience, because nothing can match J.K. Rowling’s canon or your own imagination of that fictional world.

    On your 2nd question, I’m going to combine houses first with a recommendation on which one each of you tips over too most for you both since you have qualities of more than one house (the books & films shows that The Sorting Hat always gives the wearer a choice, so feel free to disagree). Simon’s combined house is Slytherpuff (Slytherin – ambitious, cunning, resourceful & Hufflepuff – Hard work, patient, loyal) but due to his appetites & rushed nature, he definitely tips more towards Sytherin. Martina yours is a Ravendor (Ravenclaw – intelligence, knowledge, wit & Gryffindor – bravery, daring, nerve) but because of your physical ailments & desire to try new things/go with the flow changes, you tip more on the Gryffindor side. Bonus assignations: Lee is Huffleclaw ( Hufflepuff – Hard work, patient, loyal & Ravenclaw – itnelligence, knowledge, wit) or Hufflepuff, Suzie is a Slytherclaw (Slytherin – ambitious, cunning, resourceful & Ravenclaw – intelligence, knowledge, wit) or Slytherin, Meemers is a Ravenpuff (Indeed! Ravenclaw – intelligence, knowledge, wit & Hufflepuff – Hard work, patient, loyal) or Ravenclaw & Spudgy is Gryffinpuff (Magnificent Mohawked Magical Mutt! Gryffindor – bravery, daring, nerve & Hufflepuff – Hard work, patient, loyal) or Gryffindor.

    *Warning. Below is TL:DR addendum. It has travel advice & other info that might be useful. Take it or leave it, tread with caution and always go with what works best for you. IF you read this, thanks for the consideration. If not, thanks for taking the warning. Either way, I wish you the best on your journey in this life.*

    Personally, I’ve traveled quite a bit & here is some things that have worked for me. Some of the items listed below are typical of many households & they can be ordered/kept in stock indefinitely for future use later. It may seem like a lot, but with time, patience & practice it should become almost second nature.

    Tips & Info:

    -When taking time off, schedule your trip so you have 1-2 days to unpack & get back into your normal routine before going back to work/school/etc. If traveling for work, make sure you keep a journal & copies of your receipts for your expense account.
    Book early & have confirmations printed on your tickets & destination residence. Make sure whatever travel you use has alternate routes in case you need to reschedule. Keep copies of receipts/confirmations in a durable flexible plastic accordion folder (Target has some excellent ones) kept in the interior pocket of your main luggage compartment & your carry on. Just to cover your tracks, take photos of these important files, either with a digital camera or on a secured smartphone (you can keep it on a flash drive & send it via a secure email site where only you & those you trust with the password can access them).
    -Make the most of your trip. Plan where you want to go & what you want to do when you get there, but make room for free periods so you can try new things & have space for the unexpected. Whether you do it on an electronic device or on paper, keep a journal & take photos (places, signs, locations, etc.) of your time there if you need to remember something about where you need to go or where you have been.
    -Look up reliable travel guides (basic phrasing, social customs, open & closing schedules, traffic & pedestrian density, best times to go to places you’d like to visit, etc.) & download or carry one with you to avoid awkward interactions & speed along communication. Most chain hotels & large tourist areas will be able to work with you but knowing some of basic information of where you are going is essential.
    -Download smartphone/tablet apps (TimeOut has a great starter list subdivided by category, just look up “World’s 50 Best Travel Apps”) that work for both your home country & your travel destination and if you can get your hands on one, carry your own personal wifi hub. Free wifi sounds awesome until you realize others might have access to your personal data on a shared network. Also, though it’s not required, having a portable travel printer/scanner duo (2400 DPI is best) is great to have if you need to print out something on the go, scan, copy, or share something tangible that you can leave with friends, family or people you have made a connection with as a souvenir.
    -Try to have your bags packed a week before you, leaving room for last minute items. To save space, money, & trouble, go early to cheap dollar stores or any grocery/chain store’s travel aisle (usually near pharmacy/cosmetics) and get the following: 3 oz. bottles for liquids (if you need multiples of something, get as many as you can), cling wrap to cover the lip of the bottle before you close them so they don’t leak, zip freezer gallon bags (Glad makes some great ones. Just remember to pack as flat as possible, roll, & push the air out before sealing.) for delicates/loose items (compact flat pack water bottle & snacks/flash drives, microdisks, cables, voltage converters & chargers/jewelry/hair tools, makeup & makeup tools/undergarments, socks, tights, stockings & lingerie/shoes so you don’t transfer dirt or residue when packing), q-tips, scotch tape, lint roller, labels, stain remover pen/packets, scent free baby/wet wipes for skin (alternatively, you can stock up early & order online ones from LA Fresh, which makes many different varieties of specialized travel towelettes.), a sewing/patch kit and a first aid kit. Carry extra gallon bags for souvenirs, dirty clothes & soiled/wet items that need packing just before you leave. Usually between $1-2 dollars you can get a chisel tip Sharpie & (that you can keep with your pens or art tools) to label zip bags so this way when you repack for the trip home, you can just reuse what you brought with you without cross contamination.
    -Take photos of your room/suite before & after to make sure everything is in place before you leave. Know extra charges (towels, tissues, etc.) at hotel via website information & by calling the hotel to verify (some will try to tag on extra charges for missing items if they think they can get away with it, especially with tourists). Some places will offer free breakfasts or meals but verify with the staff at the location & take down names of anyone you speak to if there’s a disagreement later. Additionally, pack an extra set of sheets & pillowcases/covers, a mattress cover & a blanket if you’re uncomfortable with hotel bedding (remember to pack it later and make the bed with the original hotel bedding before leaving).
    -The day before check out, always set aside 2 to 6 hours (depending on packing needs) to repack luggage and arrange the hotel room back to original state so you can have enough time gather a luggage cart & check out.

    -Car travelers only – Pack aluminum foil (keeps things warm and prevents moisture build when wrapped tight & kept in a plastic bag with the air pushed out/sealed), paper towels, disposable utensils (or multipurpose reusable ones). disposable or reusable plates/bowels, snacks, coffee filters (to sieve liquids, hold snacks, use for lint free cleaning, etc.), water & keep a cooler for cold items, meal leftovers & drinks. freezer zip quart/gallon bags for loose items (brochures/travel guides, receipts, food, trash, etc.), sanitizing towelettes & skin wipes to clean up after yourself.

    4 years ago
  9. Martina, I am sorry, but all I could think about when you showed us your bleeding feet was OMG I NEED THOSE LEGGINGS……!!! *plotting elaborate leggings kidnapping*

    4 years ago
  10. I’ve been to the Orlando Wizarding world twice already and I just LOVE it there. It’s so magical. I went the first time a month after it opened and I just cried when I saw Hogwarts. I haven’t been back for the new expansion but, I NEED to go soon. My friend lives in Orlando and has a seasonal pass to Universal (and works at Disney so she gets into there for free) and she goes there every chance she gets. Personally, being a Hufflepuff myself, I see Martina being the Hufflepuff and Simon being Slytherin. Mainly due to the fact that he is so crafty when thinking of ways to get your food or cheat at games haha! Have you taken the test on pottermore? It’s only true if it’s on pottermore!

    4 years ago
  11. Lookin forward to the beanz challenge :P

    4 years ago
  12. Oh man, this looks amazing!!!!

    4 years ago
  13. I was So Hoping you were able to take home the butterbeer mugs! That place looked fantastic.

    4 years ago
  14. Why does this look so much better and bigger than the one in Orlando FL =( In Orlando they had a few shops when we visited a year ago, but my sister-in-law went last month and now there’s a Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express is an actually train ride. But I must put this on my list to visit if we ever get stationed in Japan. And I vote that both of you would be Hufflepuff =)

    4 years ago
  15. Aw man this looks sooooo fun.
    I’d love to go to one of the Wizarding Worlds at some point but they are all overseas and I’m a poor student.
    I did go to the HP Studio tour in London though, which is (thankfully) in my country.
    Everybody who is at least as obsessed with Harry Potter as I am should go on the HP Studio Tour in London. I went for my birthday and it was one of the best experiences ever ^^.
    It’s not too full of people, you get to see most of the real set pieces there. I spent every penny of my birthday money in the shop (even though it was super expensive…no regrets :P).

    I can’t even finish watching this video because it’s making me want to go back T.T. And I probably will..once I save up enough money because ONCE WAS NOT ENOUGH DAMMIT. And they’re about to put Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express there!
    I didn’t really like the butterbeer that much. It probably does taste nicer warm. Me and my friend tried to make alcoholic butterbeer when we were both already drunk…it did not go well.

    4 years ago
  16. Martina is Hufflepuff and Simon i would say…..Slytherin???? or Dementor???? no Simon is also Hufflepuff defenitely every time he calls Martina ducky is a Hufflepuff thing yup…You both are Hufflepuff.

    4 years ago
  17. Since the only prerequisites for being a Hufflepuff are being kind and a good person, I wouldn’t put it past you to both possibly be Hufflepuffs. :P (I’m certainly a Hufflepuff, and proud!)

    4 years ago
  18. I can hear the excitement in your guys voices and words i’m glad you had fun. Wow it’s really expensive but i understand why. It’s great how much information you put in this post, it’s considerate, other people who want to experience the world can. Brace your self guys though! Cough*, i’m not a huge Harry Potter fan but liked this post anyway. #blasphemy

    4 years ago
  19. I sooo want to go. I’ve been so close to it with going to Disney World in Florida twice, but I just want to go to the Harry Potter thing. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I’ve had Bertie Botts every flavored beans (blech, except the soap wasn’t too bad). The closest thing I’ve got to Hogwarts is a building on my campus that was built in a way that looks like a castle. We all jokingly call it Hogwarts, and it looks even more so like Hogwarts during Christmas time when it’s decorated.

    4 years ago
    • I’m a Ravenclaw all the way. I was on Pottermore though, where you take a quiz to figure out which one you belong in and I ended up with a 3 way hatstall. Of course I chose Ravenclaw because I know that it is where I truly belong.

      4 years ago
      • Pottermore knew I belonged in Ravenclaw. I saw the Harry Potter exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre and they had a Sorting Hat there, too. I was one of the few volunteers that got picked to get sorted and I got Ravenclaw there, too.

        4 years ago
  20. Well this one makes the one in London seem bad. Well.. it was really interesting to see actual material and the studios so nah I want to go to both!

    4 years ago
    • (I’ve went to the one in London once but I definitely want to go there again)

      4 years ago
  21. Is it “crying with happy envy” a thing? ‘Cause I’m totally going throught it right now!!

    4 years ago
  22. OMG sooooo…. Jelly I wish I could go someday to that Harry Potter exhibit it looks awesome,
    I love Harry Potter I have all the movies,books a TimeTurner necklace a Golden Snitch and a Wand,
    if I were a wizard I would be in Gryffindor because gryffindor always wins the house cup Broomshakalaka,Thanks for sharing this with all of Nasties around the world Simon&Martina.

    4 years ago
  23. I am so glad you did this video! I worked at the Floridian version and it makes me uber happy to finally see a good video of the Japanese one. One thing that did bug me off though is how you call it “Harry Potter land” in text, I know it’s a bit commonly used because of the whole Disney Parks thing, but it would make me shiver just to hear it (blame the Universal brain wash I guess!). The full name is long: Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I would usually short it to WWoHP or Wizarding World. I know it’s a stupid suggestion but tt just feels more magical, hah!
    Have a wand-urful day :D

    4 years ago
    • I did make it a point to write the full proper name of Wizarding World of Harry Potter a couple times at the beginning of the post but it reeeeeally just started to feel like it was taking forever. But I do know that universal brain wash feel. After working at Starbucks I got shivers when ppl referred to other coffee shops as having “frappuccinos” when I knew it was a totally copy written name that belonged to Starbucks. But don’t worry, you’ll get over it one day! Hahaha! ; )

      4 years ago
  24. Can I be jealous?… O no, it’s too late ;_; It’s so awesome *still waiting for the letter to Hogward*

    4 years ago
  25. omggg SLYTHERIN ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went to the Florida one this January! Did they have the interactive wands/displays at park you guys went to?

    4 years ago
  26. Potterhead all the way! #ProudRavenclaw

    4 years ago
  27. OMG THIS IS AWESOME!!! Ive been to the one in Florida and yeah you’re right, the snow doesn’t help with their hot/smuggy/humid type of weather. It even rain on us for about 20 minutes and it was ASDDFGLKJLKHHSDF!!!
    BUT ITS FREAKING WORTH IT!!!!!!! I visited during their non-peak season, there was a lot of people, but it wasn’t crazy.

    I work in the Hollywood location and i can’t wait for it to open next year! And yes, were also getting the snow all over hogsmeade (you can see it during construction!)

    I’m a huge fan of Slytherin because of Professor Snape (i mean come one, BEST PROFESSOR IN THE WORLD), but i think i might end up in Hufflepuff (which doesn’t sound like a bad idea you guys!!!!)
    Everything you posted is very informative! I would love to visit Japan for this (among other reasons!!!)

    4 years ago
  28. OMG THIS IS AWESOME!!! Ive been to the one in Florida and yeah you’re right, the snow doesn’t help with their hot/smuggy/humid type of weather. It even rain on us for about 20 minutes and it was ASDDFGLKJLKHHSDF!!!
    BUT ITS FREAKING WORTH IT!!!!!!! I visited during their non-peak season, there was a lot of people, but it wasn’t crazy.

    I work in the Hollywood location and i can’t wait for it to open next year! And yes, were also getting the snow all over hogsmeade (you can see it during construction!)

    I’m a huge fan of Slytherin because of Professor Snape (i mean come one, BEST PROFESSOR IN THE WORLD), but i think i might end up in Hufflepuff (which doesn’t sound for be a bad idea you guys!!!!)
    Everything you posted is very informative! I would love to visit Japan for this (among other reasons!!!)

    4 years ago
  29. Yay, Harry Potter! Since I live nearby, I’ve been to the one at Universal Orlando many, many times now. The one in Osaka looks pretty similar! Did you get to have any pumpkin juice?

    You have to make it to the Universal Orlando one someday. They’ve added a Diagon Alley section (with a hidden Knockturn Alley too!) and there’s a fire-breathing dragon, and interactive wand areas, and you can ride the Hogwarts Express between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and *heavy breathing* you just gotta experience it! Plus, you know, I’m sure the Florida nasties would be happy to see you :D

    4 years ago
  30. I love Harry Potter! I actually got a Gryffindor scarf for my birthday this year (even though my parents know I am a Ravenclaw..)
    I don’t think either of you is a Hufflepuff. I think Martina’s a Ravenclaw and Simon is probably between Ravenclaw/Gryffindor.

    Have you guys ever thought about what animal your patronus would be? I’m thinking mine would be a hyena (duh) or an owl. Who of you is going to have the Spudgey/Meemers patronus? :P

    4 years ago
  31. I’ve been to Universal Studios Orland and Harry Potter World. It was pretty cool if you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, which I am. My daughter has the Hermione wand.

    When I threw a Harry Potter party for my daughter’s birthday, I handmade the chocolate frogs and created the frog boxes. I wish I could post a pic so you can see them they were awesome. I also created boxes of Bertie’s Botts Beans. Also super cool

    I used super long chopsticks for wands. They were perfect. It was the best.

    4 years ago
  32. All my Potter life, I’ve been told I’m a Slytherin/Gryffindor. ANd guess what? Became a Hufflepuff. I was disappointed, since I’d sort of been lied to all my life, but in the end I made peace with it, and well, what can I say? I’ve realized, no thanks to HP fans, that being a Hufflepuff is pretty great :)

    But all that aside, this post was great! Perfectly written and shot. Everything was informative without being tedious and it was super fun, without being too much. It’s awesome to hear how nice the staff were too.

    4 years ago
  33. Harry Potter was basically my childhood – I don’t know anyone back home who hasn’t read the entire book series. Every kid made their parents rush out to buy the book on the day of release and I even remember buying the first book when I was 7 in the airport. I’ll never forget the giant jolly old man with a white beard behind me who saw the book and seemed rather enthused I was buying it. I’m convinced he was Santa.

    Now that I’m in my 20s I’d like to read the books again when I go home, to see it from a different perspective rather than “OMG MUST FINISH AS FAST AS POSSIBLE TO DISCUSS WITH FRIENDS!”

    I did the sorting quiz and I was put into Slytherin. I wanted to be Ravenclaw, but I guess Slytherin is alright :P

    Looked like crazy fun you guys, the butterbeer sounded amazing :) Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago
  34. Martina! You have the same Totoro leggings I’ve seen Grimes wearing on Instagram…! I want them so bad D:

    4 years ago
    • Oh really??? I bought them maybe two years ago on Etsy! Grimes, I like your music and your taste in leggings. :P

      4 years ago
      • Have you seen, she’s been posting pics with CL on Insta as well! She’s known to be a fan of k-pop in general, so I’m definitely intrigued!

        4 years ago
  35. I wanna go to there too

    4 years ago
  36. I was sorted in slytherin and not to boost about myself but I’m quite a trustworthy person. :D I think I was sorted into slytherin because I’m a material girl living in a material world. Hehehe, so no bad words about slytherin either! :P

    4 years ago
  37. i went to universal studios in florida. was actually there for 9/11 and had to leave early. haven’t been back but I have tickets so one day soon,i”ll go back. not before I go to Korea though :)

    I think what you paid for admission plus the express pass is about what they charge for admission. :(
    so you i think you guise got a good deal.

    4 years ago
  38. Hufflepuff pride, yo! I’ve gone about going to Wizarding World all backwards. I’m trying to go this winter in the off season to the one in Florida so to start my trip saving, I bought a Hufflepuff uniform (it even has a wand holster sewn into the robe!). Also Tonks was a Hufflepuff so who wouldn’t want to be in the same house as her? Even if you have to rig the Pottermore quiz because it said you were Slytherin… twice.

    4 years ago
    • Lol! Isn’t the idea of rigging the sorting hat quiz the epitome of slitherin? Lol I’m Hufflepuff too. Hufflepuffs are the best!

      4 years ago
    • You shouldn’t take the Pottermore quiz completely to heart, I think. The way I see it, the sorting hat takes into consideration what house you want to be in, and what aspects in life that you value more than what you actually are. If you value kindness and honesty and hard work and loyalty over typical Slytherin traits, you’re more likely to be in Hufflepuff (which is why I never get why people mock Hufflepuff because how are any of those things a bad thing to be?) Lockhart valued smarts and thus got into Ravenclaw, even though he’s a bit of an idiot, Pettigrew valued bravery and all that and got into Gryffindor, even though he’s a coward. You could have ”Slytherin traits” but still value yourself more as Hufflepuff. :)

      4 years ago
      • Oh, no. I definitely have Slytherin traits… but no one ever suspects a Hufflepuff. No one.

        Actually, I just think Hufflepuff would be the most relaxed and easy to get along with house. You couldn’t ask for a better time than with such a supportive group that basically makes ‘let’s all be friends’ their motto.

        4 years ago
  39. SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!! I’m SO jealous of you guys! :O I want to go there so much! One day!!! It really looks like they did an amazing job getting the atmosphere just right.
    Get Simon at Pottermore, I’m curious what he’d be! I think Hufflepuff might actually be right for him, in a good way though! :D :P
    I myself am a Ravenclaw and super proud to be one! :D It was always my favourite house!! <3

    4 years ago
  40. Oh my goshhh! I want to go so bad!
    I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London in July and that was freaking amazing, but that was all the set and props and costume from the actual films. You start by walking into the Great Hall and I was so blown away by all of it. They had literally everything from the films in this place, including this huge ass model of the entire castle which they’d use when doing panned shots around the outside of the castle. Anyone coming to London should definitely go there, you only have to buy one ticket and then it doesn’t take that long to actually get in. There’s also a huge gift shop at the end of the tour and you can get a lot of the stuff shown in this video as well. I got a Hufflepuff mug because everyone is quite expensive.
    You should both do the Pottermore Sorting Hat Quiz to find out what houses you’d be in! But I hope you’re not knocking Hufflepuff because it’s the best house (although Simon is definitely not sly or cunning enough to be in Slytherin) >8I
    I tried Butterbeer and found it WAAYYY too sweet. It was nice but I just could not finish it. It’s nicer if you make it with rum, me and my friend did that last year in our uni dorm, but obviously they can’t sell alcohol at the tour.

    4 years ago
    • Yeah we also found it too sweet but I made my own alcohol version at home too. HAHAHAH! OMG that London tour set sounds aahhhhhmazing. I want to visit London in general (Simon has already been) but this would be on my bucketlist as well. Also, I did the Pottermore sorting…twice…and I’m totally Ravenclaw. No way around it but I’m pretty sure Hufflepuff would be awesome since they’re supposed to be big foodies. :D

      4 years ago