If you’re planning on visiting Universal Studios Orlando this summer, you’re in for a real treat. Universal has expanded The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to include Diagon Alley allowing you to explore more of than ever before from the beloved series. This is going to be most exciting!
For those who aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter stories. Diagon Alley is the secret place in London where the students of Hogwarts go to get there wizarding supplies for the school year and visit the goblin run bank Gringotts to withdraw money and complete other banking transactions. Now that we’ve cleared that up, here are a few things we are excited about that we’ll find in Diagon Alley.
1. The Famous Shops of Diagon Alley Just like in the book, you’ll get to experience the famous shops each Hogwarts student had to visit to get their school supplies. Find the perfect wand at Olivander’s Wand shop or find new gaming gear at Quality Quidditch Supplies. If you’re on the dark side you can take a turn down Knockturn Alley and visit Borgin and Burkes.
2. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts This is a must see attraction for everyone who visits Diagon Alley. This multisensory, multi-dimensional attraction takes you through what it’s like to bank with goblins. Not only that you’re there to break into a vault and escape. You won’t be doing so without a fight. You’ll encounter Harry, Ron, Hermonie and a fire-breathing dragon.
3. The Leaky Cauldron The famous Leaky Cauldron where wizards meet and greet one another over Fire Whiskey and Butter Beer. If you’ve never tried Butter Beer, we recommend that you do. Get the frozen one. You can also expect to relax and enjoy a traditional British meal.
4. Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Shop What’s a visit to Diagon Alley without visit the popular ice cream shop? A must do among Hogwart’s children, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Shop has something to satisfy anyone’s palatte.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley is located in Universal Studios Florida and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Hogsmeade is located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. To experience both wizarding worlds, we recommend purchasing a Park-to-Park ticket.