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Things to buy before going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
So, you’re looking for things to buy before going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, shopping is part of the experience!
I don’t know if all the gold in Gringott’s could buy you one of everything (it probably could) but don’t worry, you don’t have to buy everything. You can buy some Wizarding World must-haves before you even leave your house.
Many of the products on this list are even officially licensed and in some cases, the exact same product as you’ll find in Universal.
I also wrote a post about 7 things to buy at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Make sure to check it out after you finish this one.
I purchased a $25 string backpack at Universal, and I’ll be honest, it’s not any better than the $10 string bags.
Save yourself a few bucks and buy those before you go. If you need a larger backpack, buy one before you leave.
There are a lot of fun backpacks and large bags at Universal, but you can get the same bags cheaper online.
Don’t bring a larger bag than you have to. Most of the free lockers will not accommodate a more substantial bag.
You’ll either have to pay for a locker or leave your items with a non-rider. Another hint is that you can wear a fanny pack, or hip bag, on many of the rides at Universal!
Just make sure that it has a 3-prong closer and many rides will allow you to keep it on. If you can fit everything you need in a hip pack, you might not even need a locker.
Since I originally wrote this post I have been using Loungefly mini backpacks which fit perfectly in the small lockers. Amazon has several options including this cute Hegwid bag.
2. T-shirts, hats, socks, etc.
I do recommend buying robes at the Wizarding World, but you can buy your t-shirts, hats and other clothing before you leave.
Now, if you have a big family or don’t feel like shelling out $100+ for a robe, you can buy those before you go too. We bought robes from Amazon for Halloween one year and they’ve held up very well.
My friend Virginia makes custom shirts for vacations and family trips. She can create the perfect family vacation shirt for you. Check out one of her listings here or contact her for something even more personalized.
Universal Studios has a lot of lanyards, but only a few for the Wizarding World. If you want a unique lanyard, there are plenty on Amazon.
Almost everyone at Universal will be wearing a lanyard! It’s just handy for carrying your passes, license, credit cards, etc.
4. Universal Resort
No, you can’t buy the resort, but I would consider staying at a Universal Resort. Resort guests get access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a full hour before park opening.
Not only that, but you’ll be able to get to the park much quicker, thanks to Universal’s excellent transportation.
Universal recently opened two Endless Summer “value” level resorts that will work within almost any budget. Surfside Inn and Suites opened in 2019, and Dockside Inn and Suites finally opened in late 2020.
For families, I highly recommend the Cabana Bay Resort. The pricing is great and it offers a lot of amenities for families.
5. Park to Park ticket
You need to buy a park-to-park ticket before heading to Harry Potter World. A park-to-park ticket is the only way you can ride the Hogwarts Express! If you want more Universal tips and tricks, check out 20 things to know before going to Universal.
I recommend either purchasing tickets through a certified Universal Travel Agent (like me) or through a trusted supplier like Undercover Tourist. There are a lot of scams and a lot of the “deals” you’ll find end up before an all-day timeshare presentation, so just be mindful of that when you’re looking for tickets.
Here’s a little advice about Florida: it rains!! It rains, and it rains a lot. It will probably rain in the afternoon, especially if you’re visiting during the summer months. Instead of seeking cover or heading back to your hotel, bring a poncho!
You’ll want to bring one because they’re very pricey at the park. You can also bring an umbrella, but I find that it’s easier to pack a poncho.
7. Muggle Money
Bring your muggle money, and bring a lot! There are many things that you’re still going to want to buy while visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
You can also exchange your Muggle money for Gringott’s notes, which is a lot of fun! Check out my 25 Wizarding World tips for more fun ideas for your visit.
What to buy before going to Harry Potter World
Are you planning a Universal Vacation? I know that it can be overwhelming, especially with three parks, new resorts every year, and a HUGE new park coming in a few years! I am a graduate of the Universal Orlando Resort Travel Agent Training Program, and I’ve love to help plan your Universal vacation! Contact me now for more info.
If you plan to DIY your vacation, I understand that too! I highly recommend buying your tickets through Undercover Tourist if you choose not to use a Travel Agent! There are a lot of really scammy sites out there, so make sure you’re booking through an approved partner (like Undercover Tourist,) or an approved Travel Agent!