Thursday, January 2, 2014

Zonko's Joke Shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando

I loved reading about Zonko's Joke Shop each time Harry, Ron, and Hermione visited the little mischievous place at Hogsmeade village while reading the Harry Potter books. At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando, the shop is actually located just opposite the gleaming, red Hogwarts Express engine.  It is said to be the largest shop in The Wizarding World of HP.
The outside window displays tell you beforehand that you are in for a laughing, good time inside. There is the puking puppet outside in one of the displays, an ad for Puking Pastilles (meant to make you throw up - in the HP world o'course, not really), and another display is of a Wizard's Chess. It's a pity they don't sell wizard's Chess inside, or anywhere else at the Wizarding World, otherwise Sherris and I would have brought one.
Upon entering, visitors are greeted by a hilarious laughter. It echoes from somewhere overhead and is a new one each time the door is opened. You'd be seriously nut in the head if it doesn't crack you up, at the very least into a broad smile. You can hear it in my video, often.
The shop is painted orange-red and is a spectacular from its floor to its ceiling!
Some of the products that you can enjoy on its shelves are Chinese Fortune ticks, Crazy Face Flyer, Duck on a Bike, Elephant on a Bike, Extendable Ears, Fanged Flyer, Inflatable Toungue, Jacob's Ladder, Joke Egg, Pygmy Puff, Robot Lilliput, Rubby O'Chicken, Screaming Yo-Yo, Sneakoscope, U-No-Poo, and Uphill Spring Sprongs! Overwhelmed? So was I.
These products along with other merchandise like costume accessories, shirts, caps, mugs, and the like are stacked wall to wall and on shelves in the middle. It is like a mischief library. And I recommend you should glance at the ceiling because it has shelves up there too. There are prank toys, decorations, and all laughing at you from there. I have covered everything in the videos, so give them a watch would you?
My personal favorite is the red wall that has a multiple circles mirror and a juggler clown and it instructs visitors not to walk on the walls. It's right out from the books, simply hilarious!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding and Diagon Alley is being added to the park. I wish they build the Weasley twin's jokes and confections shop - Weasley's Wizard Wheezes- there to give Zonko's a sister shop. It would be such a treat!
And when Mr. Argus Filch [Hogwart's squib caretaker] can have Filch's Emporium right at the foot of the Hogwarts castle to his name, why should the Weasley twins be left behind?

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