We returned recently to the Harry Potter Studios, after having first visited in April 2017. The difference this time was that (1) we went with friends, (2) Gringotts Bank is now open for business and (3) Warner Bros has upped its game considerably when it comes to entertaining visitors with autism.
The biggest surprise was that as I am officially registered as The Boy Child’s carer, I was not charged for my ticket. I recommend looking through the section on visitors with disabilities on the website and then calling, rather than booking online. Every ‘interactor’ we came into contact with was kind, helpful and keen for The Boy Child to have the best experience possible. In our case, this predominately meant help with queuing but, again, ask for help with your particular difficulty.
The new section housing Gringotts Bank is superb; it has real ‘wow’ factor and I had a hard time remembering that it was a set and not a ‘real’ building.
Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. (I’m saving that photo for the next Photography Scavenger Hunt link up). The attention to detail always astounds me.
At the end of our visit, The Boy Child gave it full marks and said that it was “great not to be made to feel a freak”.
So, all in all, our visit was a huge success and Warner Bros is to commended on the work it has done on welcoming visitors of all abilities.