5 Things We’re Looking Forward To At Universal’s Diagon Alley

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’ve been reporting on Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion coming up on two years now and as we head into the countdown to its official opening I thought it would be a good time to gauge what we’re most looking forward to.

I spoke with my colleagues at Orlando Attraction Tickets and asked them to name the one thing they were looking forward to experiencing most, I’ve documented the 5 most popular below.

Hogwarts Express

Whoever came up with the idea of linking the two parks with a live operating Hogwarts Express is a genius.

For a really authentic Wizarding World experience you have to ride the Hogwarts Express, replicated exactly as per the movies down to the seat cushions, the train offers two totally different stories depending on which way you’re travelling.

More info here – Hogwarts Express


Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The flagship ride for the Diagon Alley area is a safe bet to be awesome. They didn’t let us down with Forbidden Journey did they!?

Desperate not to be called a roller coaster we get the feeling its going to be a cross between the Mummy ride at Universal Studios and the Spider-Man ride at Islands of Adventure.

More info here – Escape from Gringotts


Interactive Wands

Yep although not confirmed there has been a strong rumour that some of the wands you can purchase from Ollivanders will be interactive with the park. We’re imaging suits of armour collapsing, shop displays reacting to wands and many other surprises along the way.

Think of the faces of your kids when their wand works!!!

More info here- Interactive Wands

wizarding wand

Butterbeer Ice Cream 

One of the major successes of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade was the famous Wizarding drink Butterbeer. It quickly reached sales of over a million and has since been replicated in the UK at the Warner Bros studios tour. So what will be the new breakout treat…

We reckon it could be Butterbeer ice cream available at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.

More info here – Butterbeer Ice Cream


Wizarding Money

Don’t bother with that muggle money you’ve got, get it swapped at Gringotts Money Exchange visitors can get their hands on Wizarding Bank Notes which can be used at both universal parks, all overseen by a Gringotts Goblin.

More info here – Gringotts Money Exchange


I’m so excited to see all of this and we’re pretty sure we’ll get an official opening date very soon!!!

Smiles included…



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