Warner Bros Studios in London have announced on August 5th that the reopening The Making of Harry Potter studio tours is on the horizon. The studio tours have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak in the United Kingdom.
Now, the Wizarding World tours are all set to re-start on August 20th. On The Making of Harry Potter website, Warner Bros announced that the studios will be making some changes to the tours to ensure the visitor and staff safety.
“While the Studio Tour experience may differ from previous visits, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back into the Wizarding World for a magical day out.”
Changes and Safety Measures
In order to ensure that all wizards and muggles are safe during the tours, the following safety precautions and policies will have to be followed:
- Visitors age 11 up will be required to wear face masks during the visit.
- The cloakroom and luggage facilities will be unavailable to limit physical contact.
- Floor marking and will be placed to promote social distancing.
- The Hogwarts Express train carriage and the inside of Privet Drive will be closed to maintain social distancing.
- The Studio Tour’s shops and cafes will only accept cashless or contactless payment such as credit and debit cards and mobile payments.
- Fitting rooms inside the Studio Tour shops will be closed.
- The Studio Tour’s Hub Cafés, Food Hall and Backlot Café will be open with a reduced hot food dine-in menu and limited grab & go options. This means you will still be able to drink Butterbeer at the Backlot Café.
- Upon reopening, the Studio Tour shuttle bus service to and from Watford Junction Station will be unavailable.
- Cars will be parked to allow for social distancing.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the Studio Tour.
- Enhanced cleaning of the Studio Tour will take place throughout the day focusing on touch-points such as door handles and barriers.
- Face masks will be available to purchase at the Studio Tour.
- Visitors will no longer be able to borrow a Hogwarts house robe to wear during the green screen photo opportunity.
To control the number of visitors, and to ensure a magical experience to all guests, the number of tickets available per day was decreased. Muggle and wizard visitors will be required to purchase their tickets in advance, the studio will not be selling tickets at the door.
To maintain everyone’s safety, Warner Bros asks that if you or anyone in your party “feels unwell” they should not visit, and rebook their tour instead.
If for some reason you won’t be able to attend your scheduled tour you should contact their visitors services via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – for a refund or to reschedule your visit.
You can buy your tickets for this magical journey to the wizarding world here.
Before the outbreak of COVID-19, the Harry Potter Hogwart house inspired event, A Celebration of Slytherin, was scheduled to open in April. But, due to the closing of Warner Bros studio tours, the event never happened. With the reopening announcement, the studio announced the Slytherin event has been extended until November 12th.
However, the extension of A Celebration of Slytherin extension will be taking place instead of the yearly Dark Arts event.
The other event that was scheduled for 2020, Hogwarts in the Snow, is still taking place from November 14th to January 7th of 2021.
Should You Visit?
According to the Warner Bros. studio tour website, their facilities have received the government approval to reopen:
“Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has achieved Visit England’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard by demonstrating that we have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.”
As long as you follow the safety precautions, and don’t give in to the dark arts, it should be alright.
So, wise wizard, will you be visiting the set of the Harry Potter films anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below.