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yourfirstvisit.net—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor



When to Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter



By Dave Shute

(These instructions are  for fitting a visit to Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter into a first family trip to Walt Disney World. Click here for the Summary of Instructions for visiting Harry Potter.)

OVERVIEW: WHEN TO GO TO HARRY POTTER

The general advice this site provides on when to go to Walt Disney World also applies to Universal Orlando. (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located within the two parks at Universal Orlando, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. That is, not at Walt Disney World.)

THE BEST TIMES TO VISIT THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

The best times to go are

  • January after the weekend after New Years and February, except the week of Presidents Day and the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend
  • Early March (busy, but your best Spring Break bet)
  • Between the second week after Easter and the week before Memorial Day
  • Mid-late October
  • November other than the first full week and Thanksgiving week
  • December up until a week before Christmas

WORST TIMES TO VISIT THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

Pretty much all other times, but especially Christmas week, New Year’s week, the weeks before and after Easter, and the summer

Visiting Orlando theme parks in the summer is always to be avoided if you can, and I also advise avoiding the peak of the hurricane season—which peak runs from late August through early October.

THE BEST AND WORST DAYS OF THE WEEK TO SEE HARRY POTTER

On average, Sunday is the best day, and Thursday the worst…but this varies!  See this for more.

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