Welcome to Diagon Alley!

When I last left you Jenn and I were trying to find our way into Diagon Alley! It's not as visible as one might imagine! But we used our super travel agent magic and found it! When you walk through the opening to Diagon Alley you truly feel that you have been transported to the actual spot!

We immediately felt transported into the movie! On our right when we walked in was The Weasley's Wizard Wheezes joke shop filled with all kinds of cools jokes and gadgets from the movie! I might have bought a bunch of stuff in here! Let's just say my kids know what Puking Pustules taste like now! The shop is amazing every inch of it is utilized!

The Inside of The Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes Joke Shop!

The Inside of The Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes Joke Shop!

Think of any of the shops and buildings in Diagon Alley and you will find them here at Universal's amazing recreation! Flourish and Blotts, Sugarplum's Sweets, Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occassions, Borgin and Burke's you name it is there to see! The big attraction in Diagon Alley is Harry Potter and The Escape From Gringott's! Lookout for the dragon guarding the bank!

Beware of the dragon!

Beware of the dragon!

Harry Potter and The Escape From Gringott's is a hybrid simulator ride/ coaster! Universal's Express pass is not accepted at this ride so try to take advantage of staying at an onsite Universal Resort and getting into the park early! The line for this amazing ride can get quite long! For those who get squeamish on simulator rides (me!) never fear you can still walk through the amazing queue and take it all in!

The animatronic Goblins in the bank look and act so real that it's almost creepy! Their heads turn and their eyes actually follow you!  We don't want to give it all away but I can tell the that the queue alone is well worth waiting in line for! As for the ride Jenn loved it!! 

You really have to take your time to walk around to take it all in and admire the intricate attention to detail! We had walked through several times before we found this ........

Knockturn Alley!

Knockturn Alley!

If you know and love Harry Potter you know of Knockturn Alley, the less than friendly dark and dreary area off of Diagon Alley! The Universal version did not disappoint! It is indeed dark and dreary in there! You don't know what's around the corner ! Of course Knockturn Alley is where Borgin and Burke's is located! When you are hungry in Diagon Alley the place to head to is The Leaky Cauldron!

Try the Fisherman's Pie we give it 2 thumbs up!

This is where we will leave you today! Join us on our next adventure as we head to The Hogwarts Express!!


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Lori Swinderman



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Jennifer Novotny



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