After years of anticipation, Hogwarts opened its doors in 2016 to the Muggles of Southern California. (That’s you, unless you happen to be a wizard or witch.) Fans can see J.K. Rowling’s creations brought to life, including Honeydukes sweets, frosty sweet butterbeers, interactive wands, a real talking Sorting Hat, and much more. Once they’re done kitting themselves out in appropriate wizarding gear and feasting on British fare in the snowy village of Hogsmeade, visitors can head up to Hogwarts castle itself for a remarkable journey they won’t soon forget.
There’s a massive amount to see in the immersive land, so we’ve put together a handy guide for Muggles on some of the highlights of shopping, eating, and riding to try during their first visit. It’s only a taste, though—the world of magic is brimming with too many discoveries to be fully experienced in just one trip.