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Interactive Wands at Universal Studios | Ultimate Guide & FAQ

You've probably seen pictures or videos of people at Universal Studios waving their wands causing inanimate objects to spring to life!

The key to these magical surprises is the interactive wands available to purchase throughout Universal Studios.

In this guide we'll break down all there is to know about interactive wands and if you should consider purchasing one on your next trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Questions We'll Answer About Interactive Wands:

  • What Is An Interactive Wand?
  • Interactive Wands vs Regular Wands
  • Interactive Wand Prices
  • Is An Interactive Wand Worth It?

 Collection of wands at Universal Studios

What Is An Interactive Wand?

Interactive wands are incredible souvenirs from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that take your experiences in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley to the next level. 

Across Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, you'll find markers on the ground with instructions on how to cast and spell and make some magic happen! There are also maps available that come with your wand purchase which guide you to these locations if you don't want to hunt for them.

We won't spoil any of the magic in this article, but we explain how these interactive wands work in this behind-the-scenes guide. 

We don't want to ruin too many of the surprises, but the video below captures some of the magic you'll experience when using an interactive wand.

If there's one souvenir you shouldn't skip out on when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando - it's an interactive wand!

Interactive Wands vs Regular Wands

The difference is simple: while regular wands are cheaper (about $9 less), you can't engage with any of the interactive elements in Hogsmeade Village or Diagon Alley. 

If you try to use your regular wand on any interactive elements you'll find yourself disappointed when nothing happens.

One of the main reasons we recommend purchasing an interactive wand is it adds another dimension to your Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley visit that you won't find anywhere else.

While "regular" wands can be purchased anywhere - there's really only one place where you can get an interactive wand and cast some spells!

Interactive Wand Prices

Below is an outline of pricing you can expect for the different types of interactive wands.

To see a detailed breakdown of the different types of wands and even more pricing information, check out our article on The Best Wand At Universal Studios!

  • Character Wands (Harry Potter, Dumbledore/Elder Wand, Voldemort, etc.)
    • Interactive: $63
  • Collectors Edition Wands
    • Interactive: $75
  • Ollivander's Wands
    • Interactive: $63

 Shelf Full of Harry Potter Wands

You may also find discounts from time to time on various wands. These deals or discounts typically come in the form of a gift card after a purchasing a certain amount of wands.

Less often are deals that include a free wand after a large purchase, often in the range of $250+.

Is an Interactive Wand Worth It?

Interactive wands are one of the best souvenirs at Universal Studios.

Not only are they a fun item to bring home, they actually help you bring the magic to life while visiting the Wizarding World.

There aren't too many theme park souvenirs that actually optimize your vacation like interactive wands do! 

For an extra $9 an interactive wand is definitely worth the extra cash when compared to a regular wand.

We'd actually go as far as saying that you're better off purchasing no wand than a "regular wand. If you're going to spend the money on a wand then interactive is the best way to go!



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