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4 Reasons Why I Cannot Handle the Awesomeness That Is Harry Potter Diagon Alley

I’ve been waiting patiently, and now I know. I know that Diagon Alley, the newest section of Universal Islands of Adventure, will be open to the public July 8.

As an Orlando resident, this means a lot of things. 1. More tourists than ever before 2. Mass chaos at the parks this summer 3. POTTERHEADS UNITE!!!

You guys, Harry Potter land is freaking amazing, and I cannot wait to visit Diagon Alley. Here’s a few reasons why…

4 Reasons Why I Cannot Handle the Awesomeness That Is Harry Potter Diagon Alley


1. A legit fire-breathing dragon

I knew there would be dragon on top of the Gringotts bank ride, but I didn’t realize how “authentic” it would be…


So cool, right?? Plus, the actual ride sounds amazing. I’m trying to avoid reading too many details, so I’ll be able to fully enjoy it when I go.

2. Butterbeer flavored ice cream

Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlous is a REALITY.


And they will be offering Butterbeer ice cream. YES! The frozen Butterbeer is SO GOOD, but I don’t actually recommend the regular, non-frosty version.

Other ice cream flavors will include:

  • Granny Smith
  • Early Grey and Lavender
  • Chocolate Chili
  • Clotted Cream
  • Apple Crumble
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Salted Caramel Blondie
  • Chocolate and Raspberry
  • Strawberry and Peanut-Butter
  • Orange Marmalade
  • Butterbeer flavored ice cream

PLUS – Other tasty drinks available are Gillywater, Draught of Peace and Fishy Green Ale.

3. Hogwarts Express train complete with English countryside views

So, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is inside Islands of Adventure. Diagon Alley is located in Universal Studios. These parks are not connected, and conceivably, park visitors would have to exit one park to walk all the way to the other one (quite a distance, let me tell you) to get from one Harry Potter land to the other.

BUT WAIT.

There’s the Hogwarts Express! It will take you from Hogsmeade (in IOA) to Diagon Alley (Universal Studios). So not only is it like another ride, you’ll get in your train carriage, look out the window and see…the English countryside and maybe a few errant students on broomsticks.

(Guests will need a park-hopper pass to do this).


4. Interactive wands that active spells IN THE PARK

You do have to buy this wand at Ollivanders, but once it’s in your possession, you can cast spells at both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley AND THEY DO STUFF.

The interactive areas are marked with small gold medallions, and they indicate what incantations must be said for the spell to work.

Check out Ginny, George and Fred experiencing the magic themselves…


I have to say, that is pretty darn cool. Kids are going to flip out about it…and even some adults too.

I will hopefully be visiting Harry Potter Diagon Alley the week it opens and will share all my photos and experiences with you then!

Have you been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? What are you looking forward to about the new Diagon Alley area?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    New road trip goal: Orlando. Forget BEA, I’m going to Hogwarts!

  • KatyRochelle

    Diagon Alley looks spectacular. The amount of detail that Universal has put into it is so exciting! :)

  • Scarlett

    I had no idea this was coming in to existence! Why must it be so far away! Looking forward to hearing your opinion on it!