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How to Make the Most of Diagon Alley– A Complete Guide

Tips and secrets located in The Wizarding World of Diagon Alley

How to Make the Most of Diagon Alley– A Complete Guide

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dream come true for the legions of Harry Potter fans the franchise has built over the last two decades. As one of the more popular attractions at Universal Studios, Diagon Alley™ features a huge selection of magical activities that range from riding the Hogwarts Express to viewing the wand selection process first hand.

We’ll cover the following:
  • Attractions Available in Diagon Alley
  • Dining Options in Diagon Alley
  • Diagon Alley Shops
  • Diagon Alley Secrets (tips you can use)
  • A Diagon Alley  Itinerary (to help plan your day)

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Welcome to the magical world of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley at Universal Studios.

 

 

Here’s a full list of things to do at Diagon Alley:

Diagon Alley Attractions

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Guarded by a fire-breathing dragon, this attraction starts with entry through the bank and its full staff of goblins. Before you can reach this exciting ride, you’ll meet Harry, Ron, and Hermione while you go through bank security measures and stay out of Voldemort and Bellatrix’s way.

Hogwarts Express

This fun train ride departs from both King’s Cross Station in London and Hogsmead™. You’ll need a park-to-park admissions ticket to ride from one to the other and back, but it’s a great experience for any Harry Potter fan.

 

King’s Cross Station

Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station

Walk through a solid wall through the infamous Platform 9 ¾ and board the train for a beautiful sight-seeing journey.

Pay attention!

You may see creatures on your way there.

 

Hipster Power Tip:   The Universal Express pass is now accepted at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Use it to skip lines so you can spend less time waiting and more time riding.

 

Besides the attractions above, there are other points of entertainment like the Knight Bus and Nocturne Alley where you can wave the map included in your wand purchase under a blacklight and reveal new figures.

 

Diagon Alley: Knightbus Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Knight Bus

 

You can also stop in for a show to hear Tales of Beedle the Bard and listen to Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees for exclusive music not found anywhere else.

 


Diagon Alley Dining

For dining at Diagon Alley, the strip features the following restaurants:

 

Diagon Alley: Leaky Cauldron

Early Lunch at the Leaky Cauldron: Diagon Alley 

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Leaky Cauldron

This restaurant of traditional British food is where Harry stayed in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It is open during park hours.

Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment

Small kiosk for cool, color-changing beverages throughout your day at the park. Choose between four flavors:

  • Babbling Beverage
  • Fire Protection Potion
  • Elixir to Induce Euphoria
  • Draught of Peace

 

Diagon Alley: Potions

Diagon Alley Potions

Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Also featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this parlour offers continental breakfast as well as several fun ice cream flavors.

 

Butterbeer Ice Cream…Mmmm Diagon Alley

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Stop for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at this shop named after one of the Tales of Beedle the Bard. Hours may vary here so call ahead if you can.

The Hopping Pot

Walk-up counter that serves the famous Butterbeer™ ice cream. You can also pick up snacks and fun drink flavors.

 


Diagon Alley Shops

First stop, Gringotts Money Exchange.

Gringotts Money Exchange

Trade your plain US dollars for $10 or $20 in Gringotts and use them at several locations in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and a few other areas throughout the Universal Resort. You can exchange the money back to U.S. dollars at Guest Services.

On your way out, don’t forget to ask the goblin behind the counter a question!

Quality Quidditch Supplies

The perfect store for aspiring Quidditch players. This shop has all the supplies you need to get started including sweaters and brooms.

 

Diagon Alley: Broomsticks

Diagon Alley Quality Quidditch Supplies

Borgin and Burkes

When it’s not being used to smuggle Death Eaters into Hogwarts, you can view the Vanishing Cabinet located inside the Borgin and Burkes shop. Pick up cool Harry Potter accessories, collectibles, and even a skull or two in the spooky store made even more ominous with its low lighting.

 

diagon alley: Vanishing Cabinet

Vanishing Cabinet located inside the Borgin and Burkes

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

This novelty store is inspired by the jokester antics of George and Fred Weasley. Find everything from Bombtastic Bombs and other magical jokes to love potions and Decoy Detonators.

 

Diagon Alley U-No-Poo

Diagon Alley U-No-Poo at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions

Filled with all kinds of elegant attire, the Madam Malkin’s store is a great way to spend time at Diagon Alley. It has replicas of Hermione’s famously Yule Ball gown as well as wizard-themed jewelry and, of course, wizard hats.

 

Madam Malkin’s store

Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

Stock up on sweets like Pink Coconut Ice and Exploding Bonbons at Sugarplum’s.

Magical Menagerie

Take home a magical plush toy or purchase an owl as a souvenir. For those interested in trying their hand at Parseltongue, there’s a snake you can view from outside of the store.

Ollivanders

Be selected by a wand from one of the hundreds of boxes stacked high at Ollivanders. This interactive experience is probably one of the best ones at the park and one of my favorites!

 

The Wand and the Wizard. Diagon Alley

Wands by Gregorovitch

This wand-making shop rivals Ollivanders in magical sales. Here, you can purchase movie replicas and even a few interactive wands.

Scribbulus

For the writers, Scribbulus is the one-stop shop to buy your feather quills and inkwells. You can also get various stationery items, bookmarks, and even backpacks.

Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment

This store is packed with a full supply of magic essentials. Stop here to get other magical items like crystal balls, moon charts, binoculars, and more.

 

Hipster Power Tip:   If you pay attention, you can hear birds in the Vanishing Cabinet at Borgin and Burkes. You can also stare in the mirror at Madam Malkin’s Robes store for a great surprise!

 


 

 

In fact, there are quite a few secret treasures at Diagon Alley. Here’s a few you might run into:

 

diagon alley secrets and tips

 

Diagon Alley Secrets

If visiting the Knight Bus is on your list, you’ll be able to see where Harry would rest or where you could’ve slept if you were a wizard on the bus. You can even dial MAGIC in the phone booth to connect you to the Ministry of Magic.

As for the Leaky Cauldron, the façade is definitely written as it is described in Book 1, chapter 5 (page 68 of the paperback American edition), which scores huge points for authenticity! The window of the record shop has a tribute to the Jaws ride and the King Cross Station has the same perfume ad that you will notice in the Half-Blood Prince.

 

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Also, while you’re waiting in the stations, look out for people going to platforms nine and ten.

As you’ve probably picked up by now, there’s a lot to do at Diagon Alley. Now that you’re a bit more familiar with many of their attractions, here’s my take on the best way to spend the day based on my experience:

 


Diagon Alley Entrance

Suggested Diagon Alley Itinerary (Tips & Tricks!)

 

  1. Upon arriving at Universal Studios Florida use the Blue Man Group side entrance. This is a usually short line and you can get right in and skip all the crowds at the front gate
  2. Head over to Diagon Alley. Walk through the brick wall like Harry did and discover Diagon Alley!
  3. Talk to globins and ride Escape From Gringotts. I’d recommend riding Escape from Gringotts first and then exit the attraction to speak with the goblin and participate in the money exchange.
  4. Visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Check out Mr. Ollivander to possibly be chosen for a wand then go through all the shops in Diagon Alley.
  5. Have breakfast or lunch at the Leaky Cauldron.
  6. Watch Tales of Beedle the Bard, listen to Celestina Warbeck, and grab a drink at the Hopping Pot.
  7. Discover Nocturne Alley. Once you’re ready for a bit more adventure, travel down in the dark streets of Nocturne Alley and get a Harry Potter inspired tattoo at Borgin and Burkes.
  8. Become a true wizard. I recommend partaking in the interactive wand experience; it’s always pretty fun and you’ll love it.
  9. Have a Butterbeer™ ice cream and take a picture with the Knight Bus Conductor.
  10. Visit Kreature at Grimmauld Place.
  11. Call the Ministry of Magic in the telephone booth.
  12. Walk back to London and enter King’s Cross.
  13. Board the Hogwarts Express before finally heading to Hogsmeade to conclude a wonderful day of wizardry.

 

Diagon Alley: Tale of the Three Brothers

Tale of the Three Brothers: Diagon Alley 

There’s so much to do in Diagon Alley, so don’t worry if you don’t get to it all at once. Whatever you don’t do in that day can be the inspiration for your next visit!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this Wizarding World of Harry Potter guide, the Diagon Alley addition. My hopes are that I was able to answer your questions with the tips, itinerary and secrets laid out in this Diagon Alley article.

Please let me know some of your favorite things to do at Diagon Alley.

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NikkyJ
NikkyJ

I’m a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related. I was born and raised in Florida, which attributes to my Theme Park passion. Every since I was a child I had a natural affinity to the parks here that has now spilled over into adulthood. Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like I used to, you may find me in the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT enjoying a nice glass of wine and a delightful book!

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