Attn: Wizards and Witches! This New Change to the Wand Experience Could Impact Your Day at Universal Orlando

We’ve been pretty mesmerized by the giant Macy’s balloons and holiday snacks around Universal Orlando.

Universal Orlando Resort

We’ve seen the VelociCoaster testing its ride vehicles and a sneak peek at New Year’s Eve menus, and now we’ve got more news coming your way. A fan-favorite experience has received an update for guests heading to the parks soon!

You can find Ollivander’s Wand Shop in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Witches and wizards are chosen to participate in an interactive experience where the wand chooses the wizard!

Interactive Wand

Prior to the closure, multiple families were allowed in for each “show,” and one lucky witch or wizard was chosen to participate.  However, when the parks re-opened, the Wand Experience was only allowing one party in at a time.

Ollivander’s in Diagon Alley

We’ve now confirmed with a Universal representative that it’s now welcoming more than one group at the same time. However, social distancing measures will still be followed during the experience.

Which Wand Will Choose You?

This means that now you (or someone in your group) is no longer guaranteed to be the chosen participant if more than one small group are able to safely experience the show at once. This is similar to how it was prior to the parks’ closure.

Ollivander’s Experience

Ollivander’s is still not accepting advanced reservations — to sign up, you’ll have to chat with a witch or wizard the day-of. The experience is currently offered on a first-come, first-serve basis so we recommend going early!


We will continue to update you as we hear of more updates around the Wizarding World!

You HAVE to read the Grinch’s tweets on Universal’s Twitter account!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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5 Replies to “Attn: Wizards and Witches! This New Change to the Wand Experience Could Impact Your Day at Universal Orlando”

  1. The experience to be chosen by the wand is amazing! We experienced it before the pandemic and it was great, neither of my child were chosen and they accepted it… after the pandemic, they both were chosen, in 2 different visits, and it was an extraordinary experience! In my opinion that’s how it shoud be!

  2. Wait so if you really want to go through the whole experience of it you just have to be “lucky” to get chosen?

    That’s not a great park experience if you ask me.

  3. I remember doing this experience several times until my d was chosen and then paying 40+ for a wand. Price has gone up since then.

  4. My daughter and I were there this past Wednesday and the line was insufferably long for the wand experience. After almost an hour in line we gave up and just went to Olivander’s and got our wands.