If you love the Harry Potter franchise, Universal Studios Orlando will be the experience of a lifetime! You will see people decked out head to toe in hats and robes, with a wand in one hand and a butterbeer in the other. It’s everything I imagined while reading the series, and more.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme carries out into both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The Harry Potter theme was first presented at Islands of Adventure in June 2010. I actually went to the park with my family in August 2010, so I got to experience Hogsmeade early on. I visited the park again in June 2014 and I wasn’t so lucky. Diagon Alley and Hogwarts express would open in July 2014, so I barely missed it!
In March 2017, my husband and I finally returned to Universal Studios Orlando. We were so excited to ride the Hogwarts Express and visit Diagon Alley. The Hogwarts Express provides transportation from park to park, and it mimics the train in the Harry Potter Series. To start off our new Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience we took the train from Hogsmeade Station(Islands of Adventure) to Kings Cross Station (Universal Studios).
After arriving at Kings Cross Station, we walked to the secret entrance to Diagon Alley. The entrance looks like a plain brick wall, but when you walk through you arrive to a magical place.
While at Diagon Alley we first went to the Leaky Cauldron Restaurant, where you can try popular British dishes. The food was amazing and I loved the Otters Fizzy Orange Juice. We then walked throughout Diagon Alley and Visited a few shops.
We then rode the Gringotts bank ride, which was a lot of fun. The outside of the ride features an amazing statue of a dragon that blows out fire every few minutes.
Next we walked through Knockturn Alley which was creepy and dark. The ceiling looked like a night time sky.
There were also a few interactive wand stations and other areas of Diagon Alley not included in the photos. There’s a stage that features musical performances. We watched a great female jazz group performance that a member from the audience was pulled into.
Overall Diagon Alley was everything we imagined and more. I wanted to have something to look forward to, so we saved Diagon Alley until the last day. On one hand I regret it, because I wish we had more time there. Yet I’m thankful we waited, because I can look forward to the next time we visit. It will still be really new and exciting! We’re planning a couples trip to Disney in October of this year, so we might return to Universal Studios during the Halloween Horror Nights.
I’ve finally reached the end of my Universal Studios Orlando series. Next up will be posts about my Carnival cruise experience and visit to the Bahamas. Thank you stopping by ♥!