For the first time in its history, Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles has had to halt online ticketing transactions for its theme park, attributing the dramatic increase in ticket purchases to the opening day of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” on April 7. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to visit Universal’s new Harry Potter land soon. Stay tuned!

Hogsmeade village, and the Butterbeer cart

Photo Courtesy: Universal Studios Hollywood

Anticipation for the long-awaited opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles has led to sold out online tickets and the sell-out of all specialty products, including the popular VIP Experience and Front of Line ticket option for opening day, as well as Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.

“We have been getting ready for this exciting day for the past five years and share the exhilaration with those guests who’ve made April 7 a sell-out day,” says Larry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood. “This incredible consumer demand speaks largely to the arrival of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,’ and the dramatic 75 percent transformation of Universal Studios Hollywood into an entirely new destination.”

Those wishing to purchase tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood can use EZ Rez™, the newly introduced, industry-leading online ticketing platform. This innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system features an array of new consumer benefits, which include  premium savings with all online transactions, one-hour early entry to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and the opportunity to reserve specific date visits.

Harry Potter AdventuresAwait at Universal Studios HollywoodMany guests have already experienced the soft opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” that shares some similarities but differs in many ways from the two Harry Potter lands in Orlando. In the new Hollywood version, guests enter the land through an archway in Hogsmeade, which bustles to life with shops, restaurants and two rides. Potter’s signature ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, features a hyper-realistic 3D-HD design to fully immerse guests in the storyline. The multi-dimensional attraction features a groundbreaking robotics ride system fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects. Guests wear Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles during the spiraling and pivoting 360-degree journey along an elevated track.

In addition, the family coaster, Flight of the Hippogriff , opens as Universal’s first outdoor roller coaster.

Have you been to the Harry Potter lands in both Los Angeles and Orlando? How would you compare them and do you have a favorite?