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Hogwarts Castle at night

Universal Orlando has begun testing special passes for entry to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, providing guests with guaranteed entry during a specified time window.

The passes - which work in a similar fashion to Disney's FASTPASS system and the now-defunct Universal Express - are seen as a way of reducing the huge queues of people waiting for entry to the new land in Islands of Adventure. Provided for free inside the park to queuing guests, the passes do not allow holders to skip the queues for any of the area's rides - they simply provide entry to the Wizarding World itself.

News of the tests was revealed by Screamscape, and there is currently no indication of whether they are being considered as a permanent addition or simply as a temporary measure until crowd levels die down. The long lines both to get into the new land and to enter any of its rides and shops have been major cause for complaint in initial reviews, as revealed in part 1 of our Wizarding World review round-up.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opened on June 18, attracting huge crowds for its opening day. With Universal restricting the number of guests allowed into the area at any one time, some guests waited over 9 hours to gain entry. Queues of 2-3 hours are still common, with Universal now looking to free up guests to enjoy other attractions in Islands of Adventure before entering the Potter-themed land.

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