I took a little evening trip after work to Islands of Adventure on Thursday, July
29 to try out the Three Broomsticks Restaurant inside the Wizarding World of Harry
Potter and see how the crowds are at this point.
First I would like to say that in my opinion the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
is the most highly themed area at any theme park I have visited. Almost every window
in the Wizarding World features an animated object of some kind. You could spend
all day looking at the shop windows and stores in the Wizarding World.
The popularity of this new area comes with a downside though. If you are in any way
claustrophobic then this area of the park will definitely be a problem. If you can
avoid the Wizarding World of Harry Potter until the summer is over or come to the
park in the off season I would recommend this. During this summer every single shop
or attraction in the area has a queue line. Yes I am saying if you want to buy a
chocolate frog be prepared to wait in an extended queue outside the building in the
hot, sticky Orlando sun to buy this. I have been in all of the shops myself but have
not seen the wand show in Olivander’s. I will wait a few weeks for the summer to
be over for this.
(Look to the right of Honeydukes. Yep a queue line)
(Not too much seating available in the Owlery)
(Dervish and Bangles Queue Line)
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey however I have to say is a spectacular experience
and not to be missed if you are a fan of dark rides. It combines simulators with
dark rides, animatronics with video effects not utilized in this way on any other
attraction. I will post my review of the ride in the coming week.
(The line you are looking at is for the ride’s lockers. See tip below)
HARRY POTTER AND THE FORBIDDEN JOURNEY TIP
The locker setup for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is very poorly designed
and makes a huge cluster at the attractions entrance. Most of that cluster you see
in the photo around the entrance is the line for lockers. On your way through Hogsmeade
Village you will pass the entrance for the Dragon Challenge. There are plenty of
lockers there without the line. Drop your things off and go straight to the entrance
of the attraction. Since you have no bags you will not have to wait in that 30 minute
(Just a small part of the Olivanders Queue)
HARRY POTTER MERCHANDISE STORE TIP
If you will be in the park all day until closing in the summer I recommend that you
go the Dervish and Banges and Honeydukes stores right before park closing. I have
done this twice and you should not have to wait in a queue to see this stores.
THE THREE BROOMSTICKS MINI REVIEW
While I was in the Wizarding World for the evening I decided to have dinner at the
Three Broomsticks Restaurant. I will point out this is a quick service restaurant
so the pricing was in line with most of the other quick service locations. I will
have a full review of this restaurant by next week with multiple menu items tasted
but for tonight I had the Shepherd’s Pie that came with a house salad along with
a Pumpkin Juice beverage. The Shepherd’s Pie had a lot of thyme and not much cheese
in it. What I mean about the thyme is it has an earthy flavor. It was OK but I will
probably not order this item again. It came with an average side salad with your
choice of dressing. The Pumpkin Juice was kind of like an apple cider but with pumpkin.
It had that spice taste to it but not as sweet. It was very refreshing especially
if you like pumpkin pie.
Check back on Monday and I should have another trip report. Enjoy your weekend!
(The inside and outside menu boards)
Keywords: Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Harry Potter, The Three Broomsticks