This Exclusive ‘Harry Potter’ Experience Is Only In One Airport Terminal

MCO Dragon
Orlando International Airport

The Orlando, Florida theme parks do an excellent job of making sure the magic of your vacation starts as soon as possible and lasts as long as possible. If you’re lucky enough to land or take off from Terminal C at Orlando International Airport, you can experience something other terminals can’t.

MCO Terminal C

Orlando International Airport

The Orlando airport, also known as MCO, opened a brand new terminal in September 2022. The Palm Court area is home to both a Walt Disney World Store and a Universal Studios Store.

Universal Studios is winning Guests’ attention this time on the top floor of their two-story gift shop. Along the ceiling, a long, narrow screen reaches and wraps down onto the walls, showing what looks like a window to an open blue sky. The graphics are beautiful and realistic.


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♬ Hedwig’s Theme – John Williams

Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts is on the horizon. In the distance, slowly growing in size as it gets closer, is a dragon! Its magnificent and powerful wings propel it forward until it lands on the screen as if there was open air between the dragon and the shoppers.

The dragon gives a giant roar and then breathes red and yellow fire. As the smoke dissipates, the dragon flies away overhead. Shoppers are beneath its feet, looking up as it soars through the puffy clouds. The details in the dragon’s movement immerse Guests in the wizarding world in the middle of a gift shop.

The dragon spirals downward and breathes fire again before flying off into the distance. Is this technology being used in theme parks too?

Harry Potter Dragon

Warner Bros. Pictures

From the outside of the store, the screen is only barely visible. You must enter the store completely to enjoy the Harry Potter dragon. Videos of the experience spread around social media for the last seven months, prompting fliers to specifically book a flight to the Orlando airport that interacts with Terminal C. The Universal Studios Store in Terminal C cannot be accessed without the appropriate ticket.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Terminal C at MCO, don’t miss your chance to see a dragon without stepping foot in the Universal Orlando Resort!

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!