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Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Hollywood

For years, those of us wanting to drink our fill of butterbeer had to travel all the way to Orlando, Florida. Thanks to Universal Studios Hollywood, fans will soon have their own Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal City, California. If you can’t wait until spring, when the theme park is set to open, you can get a peek in a video posted Thursday on YouTube.

A Hogwarts Express conductor takes you on a tour of Hogsmeade village, where you can visit some of the wizarding world’s best shops like Zonko’s Joke Shop and Dervish and Banges.For years, those of us wanting to drink our fill of butterbeer had to travel all the way to Orlando, Florida.

There’s the Owl Post so you can send letters home with the official Hogsmeade mail post. Hogwarts castle and Hagrid’s hut both get a shoutout for fans hoping that Hollywood’s Harry Potter attraction has the same enchanted destinations as its Florida counterpart.

If you’re hungry from all that magical shopping, there are eateries like Three Broomsticks and Hogshead Pub. Honeydukes candy shop is on hand to replenish our supply of chocolate frogs. Ollivanders wand shop is there too, of course. The new park also promises rides like the immersive “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff.”

I’m counting down the days till I can wave my new wand and get hopped up on butterbeer.

The key difference will be the landscape. At Florida’s Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was able to sprawl into the landscape. Space is at a premium at the much smaller Universal Studios Hollywood, so layout may be a little different. You can take a virtual tour of the original Florida park below, just in case you want to make notes for a future comparison.

Although it doesn’t have an official release date, the California’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in spring 2016 (as we first learned back in June). And yes, Universal has already said that they already intend to bring the equally popular Gringotts expansion to the West Coast at some point.

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