There is so much to take in when you walk through the brick wall into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. My little witches and wizards were ready to start making magic as soon as we got there. Why? Because Universal Orlando Resort had invited us down to experience one of the hidden gems—Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio.
The staff welcomed us and explained how we could jump into some of the most iconic scenes from the Harry Potter movies and create our own moving photographs. We were sold and got right down to making magic!
We were fitted with house robes of our choice and even used our own wands as props. (Any item you’d like to bring and use is welcome as the robes are the only props available to borrow.)
We all stood behind a private green screen and were given easy directions to shoot our big screen debut. These moving photographs included 12 iconic scenes from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
We screamed in terror from the fire-breathing dragon on Gringotts Bank, and my son’s favorite scene was having his little sister appear on the “Have You Seen This Wizard?” poster. After we got to see a short preview of our scenes, they provided us with a DVD to take home, along with a digital copy.
The whole experience took about 20 minutes and we left with what I’m calling “the coolest souvenir ever”. It’s earned its place next to our wedding video, and I’m sure we will watch, laugh and remember our trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potterfor years to come.
The kids also love showing it to every friend that has come over, laughing each time they see themselves. Their friends think it’s pretty cool, too!
I would definitely make sure to stop into Shutterbutton’s before you leave Diagon Alley. These are the memories that become etched in time, as experiences like these are ones we will never forget.
Written by Siera Duiser: Siera Duiser is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She loves helping plan Universal Orlando adventures at no cost to you. Contact Siera to book your next vacation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-771-1290. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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