Interactive Wands at Universal Studios | Simply Explained

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

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

In this guide we'll breakdown 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!


Wands at Hogsmeade Village

What Is An Interactive Wand?

Interactive wands are an incredible souvenir 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 which guide you to these locations if you don't want to hunt for them.

NOTE: We don't spoil any of the magic in this article, but we explain how these interactive wands actually work in this 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 our on when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orland - 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.

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


Casting a spell in Diagon Alley

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.

If you're going to spend the money on a wand then interactive is the best way to go!



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