Universal Studios – Diagon Alley
To go to Diagon Alley, we took the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade right after the Forbidden Journey ride.
You can take the train boths ways between Hogsmeade (Islands of Adventure) and Diagon Alley (Universal Studios). Inside the train, you can’t see outside, and as the train brings you to your destination, the window projects images that make you feel like you’re actually in the world of Harry Potter. The projections are different depending on which direction you are going (to Hogsmeade or leaving Hogsmeade).
Platform 9 3/4
Inside the train, you go into cabins that seat 8 people.
We get off at King’s Cross and head towards Diagon Alley, on our way, you can see the Knight Bus. There was a line up at the front of the bus for people to take pictures, so we just walked to the back of the bus and took a peek inside:
The dragon in the background will shoot fire at different intervals throughout the day:
We went straight to the Escape from Gringotts’ ride and since we were able to get on the first ride to Diagon Alley, we were also the first group to get into the ride so it was pretty empty:
I liked both the Escape from Gringotts and the Forbidden Journey Harry Potter rides, but if I had to choose, I think I preferred Escape from Gringotts because it involves You Know Who!
We had lunch at the Leaky Cauldron. The food was similar to the food you would find at The Three Broomsticks, except you order the food at the counter and they bring it to your table.
After lunch, we took a stroll around Diagon Alley. We couldn’t leave without ordering frozen Butterbeer and Butterbeer soft serve!
Butterbeer tastes like butterscotch and it was surprisingly good. It’s also very sweet so we opted for the frozen version.
This concludes our trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. It was a really great experience and I can’t wait to go back and visit again.