If you’re anything like me, you LOVE shopping! Shopping takes on a new level of excitement while on vacation and I always enjoy finding fun and unique purchases to take home as memories from my trip. Universal Orlando Resort has tons of shops to choose from- whether at the parks, resorts or CityWalk. In no particular order, here are my five favorite shops to be sure to hit while on vacation.
Islands of Adventure Trading Company
Located in the Port of Entry at (you guessed it!) Islands of Adventure, this store is filled with souvenirs for everyone in your group. Islands of Adventure Trading Company has the best variety of merchandise in the park- from apparel to gifts to toys and more. This store is huge, and features items from many Universal brands including Harry Potter, Marvel, and more. You can also pick up Universal Orlando Resort gear here. I love the details in this store, like the giant dinosaur skeleton on the ceiling. If you’re staying on site, you can even have your merchandise sent directly to your hotel! This is a perk available at shops around Universal Orlando.
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes
I LOVE this store and always find such neat gifts. Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes is located in Diagon Alley in Universal Studios. Run by pranksters Fred and George Weasley, Harry Potter fans shopping here will feel like they stepped inside of the movie. I love browsing around this store, and there are so many things to choose from between magical tricks, toys, and jokes. Be sure to check out the ceiling where you can see fireworks exploding “outside” of the shop! I recommend stopping by Gringotts Money Exchange prior to shopping to get the full Harry Potter experience. Here, you can exchange your US currency for Gringotts bank notes in $10 or $20 denominations. These bank notes can be used for purchases throughout both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. This is just another part of the immersive experience that you can have visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Located in Universal Studios, this interactive gift shop is a fun place to pop in and cool off from the hot Florida sun. There is SpongeBob merchandise abound, such as apparel, plush toys, hats, mugs, and more. I especially like all of the areas designed for kids to explore, including a replica of SpongeBob’s pineapple house! The interactive areas make this gift shop stand out from others, making it a fun shopping experience.
Mythical Metals located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure is the perfect place to stop if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind memory from your vacation. You are able to customize your own bronze, silver, or gold medallion with the symbols of your choice, and a skill artisan will create it right before your eyes! It is a neat experience and it is especially exciting to be able to create your medallion to your liking. I enjoy creating a new medallion on each trip to add to my collection- they make for great memories!
Situated in the heart of Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Owl Post is a unique shop that is a must-do for Harry Potter lovers! Inside, you’ll be able to find stationary, quills, seals, ink, official Wizarding World of Harry Potter stamps, and more. You can even purchase your own personal owl! I love being able to send postcards from here, because you are able to get a special Hogsmeade postmark on your piece of mail.
There are so many other fun shops to browse and these are just some of my favorites. Be sure to comment with your favorite store at Universal Orlando…I would love to hear your thoughts!
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