I love Harry Potter. Not only the books and films, which I cannot get enough of but everything that comes from the wizarding world of my favorite wand-wielding wizard. This obsession includes all the merchandise which offers encouragement to any die-hard fan like me the chance to immerse themselves in the full character experience.
With a long, excruciating wait, like a slow-motion game of Quidditch where you already know the result, a new gift shop at Universal Orlando Resort, had it’s Grand Opening October 30th, 2018 in the form of Globus Mundi Travel Agent. A splendid addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and an excellent opportunity to partake in all things Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express.
The themed gift shop takes on the appearance of the magical travel agency which has, until recently, been just a facade of a fictional store found in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando. The location of the store has taken residence in the vacant wand room in Ollivanders’ famous shop. Now you can get your hands on luggage tags, travel mugs, clothing, key chains, and passport covers bearing the Globus Mundi logo.
As the story goes, the Globus Mundi travel agency was alleged to be established in 1876, (ask grandpa, he may remember). The establishment was situated above the photography studio owned by the Shutterbutton’s and then opened with its own storefront at Carkitt Market. The magical business was only to take a backstory role in all things to do with travel in the Potter-universe, but now it may seem to take on a new purpose going forward, at least that’s what the rumors would lead us to believe.
Although sources close to Universal Studios have held back the gossip regarding the store and how it might be related to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film series, another chain of thought is that it could be a spin-off, which would pull the mysterious travel agency into a storyline all of its very own. All of which is worth keeping an eye on, especially as the store may not be open for long. My advice would be to get shopping while you can because these rumors sometimes have merit.
The Universal Studios-created shop at the Florida theme park comes with the official J. K. Rowling seal of approval. With that in mind, the many magical merchandise items are sure to be in high demand and on many a Muggles stocking stuffers ‘must-have’ list.
Visitors to the gift shop can immerse themselves in the full Globus Mundi travel agent experience, taking in the MinaLima, destination poster and advertisement paraphernalia from the WWOHP film franchise. You can find official looking train tickets at the ticket office (not for sale, unfortunately), news of broom tours and Knight Bus excursion information, all available on display to those who can’t get enough of this further look into the fantasy world of magic. I must confess, I’m one of the many Diagon Alley Super-fans, and you’ll find me first in the queue when it comes to opening time.
With that said, many of my Hogwarts wannabe friends may find it hard getting to the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando and therefore find themselves not able to get to the new gift shop.
So, any Globus Mundi souvenir hunters who miss out in person will be really pleased to know that there are a few limited online merchandise resellers ready to help fans with their shopping needs. All run by Harry Potter enthusiasts, of course!
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