Harry Potter and the Soft Open

Last Friday, I went to Universal Studios Hollywood…and guess what I got to see first hand!!!

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It wasn’t an official open but a soft open meaning it’s like a dress rehearsal.  I have to say that I was quite impressed.  Unlike the other parts of Universal, the cast that works there actually get into character.  Many of them wore the capes unless they were playing another part.  I bought a Hedwig puppet owl there and the cashier asked me if I wanted to pay with muggle dollars or… I can’t remember what she said for credit.

At any rate the buildings were fantastic and there are two rides.  One is a simulated ride and the other is a roller coaster.  Both were open but I didn’t get to go on 🙁 because I had to go meet up with my family at city walk.  I went into the candy store and that was pretty cool.  Lots of crazy candy to buy that are all Harry Potter themed/related.  I didn’t get to try any of the food because as I’ve mentioned before here and there wasn’t anything vegan.  That means that butter bear was out of the question.  I have to say though, I am not a Harry Potter fanatic so I don’t know all things Harry Potter but the buildings were beautiful:

Harry Potter Castle before they let me in…
Harry Potter Castle after they opened it up LATE in the afternoon…




Here is the infamous book…



Before I was actually let in, it was closed all morning because Celebrity Apprentice was there filming. When they were done filming, some of the celebrities stayed to enjoy Harry Potter land. Here are the ones I saw:

  • This is the WNBA player…


  • This is Brooke Burke-Charvet and some other gentleman that I don’t know…


  • Layla Ali, the boxer…


That was my trip in a nutshell!

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