I was thrilled to be able to visit Diagon Alley™ at Universal Orlando® and even more thrilled to have a special VIP tour! We met our guide at Bettlejuice’s Review and started our walk to London. It was blended in so well with the other buildings I did not realize we were in London!
Walking a little further down the street in London is the home of Sirius Black. It is a surprise that Creature opens the curtain at a window and shows himself every few minutes. There is also a surprise code for the phone booth which was the entryway to the Ministry of Magic in the movies.
Next, we moved on through the brick opening to Diagon Alley™. There was a clinking sound of the bricks opening. They were already open but what details. Then we had our first look at Diagon Alley™. We were amazed by this first look! It was just like being in the movie! As we looked up the dragon spit out fire! This happens every 15-20 minutes. He is located on top of The Gringgotts Bank. We turned right past Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes store to Gringotts Money Exchange.
Of course we exchanged some money and were very surprised by the interactive Goblin in the store. We talked to him and he answered! Wow! It was amazing! We were in the Carkitt Market area a bustling shopping area with many different shops. This area is also covered which makes it much cooler. We loved this detail! Also in this area there are two shows from The Tales of, “Bettle the Bard.” They are “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” and “The Tale of The Three Brothers.”
Next, we were on our way to the new ride to open my new bank account since it is the safest place for a bank account… First you have to go down 9 stories to get there. ……..My heart was pounding and I was so excited to ride and open my account! I sat down in my seat not knowing what to expect! Off we went and there was Bellatrix Lestrange……she had control of the vehicle and down we went! Next, we went into an exhilarating curve. I would not want to spoil it for anyone but you will meet, “you know who” in this ride! It is amazing, and there is nothing like it. It is a combination of approx. six different rides in 4-D, and 3-D. There is nothing to compare it to. You will have to ride it yourself to see how truly extraordinary it is!
After the ride we went to Knockturn Alley. It was very dark down there with the evil things and people casting spells in the windows. Our guide had to leave after this so we were on our own. My son, Matthew saw the spells in the windows and wanted a wand to cast his own spells. We went to Ollivanders to buy our wands. The wands are interactive and move things in the windows with the right spell. These wands are very popular! A map comes with the wands so you can find the right windows. .
Next, we love Butter beer so we had to go into The Leaky Cauldron to drink some Butter beer before getting on the Hogwarts Express™ to Hogwarts™. To ride the Hogwart Express you must have a two park ticket. The wait was about 45 minutes (not bad considering some reports had wait times as long as 3 to 5 hours. When we finally entered the train, I was amazed, again it was just like the movie. I felt like I was part of the movie. There are special things in the windows and special shadows outside the frosted doors. It was just fascinating! I would not want to spoil anyone’s trip with too much information! Of course we road it both ways! The other direction is a totally different experience!
I would suggest having at least three days to see both parks now with so much to do. Universal Orlando has out done itself with the new Diagon Alley™ area. It was much more than we ever expected. We can hardly wait to go back again! For Harry Potter Fans all over the World they are going to love it for years to come. If you are a Harry Potter fan come and be in the movie! An architectural marvel comes to Universal Orlando Resort!
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I received admission and tour free of charge, however, all opinions are my own.