And you won’t need a Flying Ford Anglia to get there.

By Carlye Wisel
March 27, 2018

Just because muggles can’t enroll at Hogwarts doesn’t mean they can’t soar as high as Harry, Ron, and Hermione this summer. When Universal’s Aventura Hotel opens in August, it will debut a top-floor bar with views of all three Orlando parks, including a fiery volcano — and yes, the centuries-old school of witchcraft and wizardry.

Bar 17 Bistro’s first-ever wide-spanning view of Hogwarts castle, coasters, and even the downtown skyline will be the best panorama of the theme parks in town, beating even the tip-top of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

Credit: Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

During the day, Bar 17 Bistro’s vantage point will provide a clear view of the thrills around and beyond Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure; at night, guests will witness the glimmering lights of Hogsmeade, daredevilish drops on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, and an eruption from Krakatau, the 200-foot-tall centerpiece of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park.

Though located within the top floor of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest hotel, Bar 17 Bistro will remain open to the public, meaning Cabana Bay fans and guests staying off-property can still enjoy a menu include a mix of comfort favorites like nachos and sliders and global-inspired cocktails and small plates, including Bao buns, alongside the stunning sights.

Credit: Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
Credit: Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Still, fans who want to be as close as possible to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may want to consider a stay. It’s no Leaky Cauldron, but Universal’s Aventura Hotel amenities stretch beyond a magical stay within Diagon Alley. Each room in the 600-room tower is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows for views of awaiting adventures, an onsite virtual reality game room offers post-park fun, and in-room tablets control everything from the TVs to temperature, all without the need of a house elf. The property will also offer a food hall, a walking path to Universal’s Volcano Bay, and perks including early park admission.

It may not be the same as flying a broom through the castle’s twisted turrets, but until the parks add Quidditch as an attraction, it’ll have to do.