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Guide to Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida

July 8, 2022
Family walking around Diagon Alley with Dragon in the back

“Welcome, Harry, to Diagon Alley. Here’s where you get your quills and your ink, and over there all your bits and bobs for doing your wizardry.” — Rubeus Hagrid,Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Just like Diagon Alley was one of Harry Potter’s first glimpses of the Wizarding World, working the VIP Preview forThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon AlleyinUniversal Studios Floridawas one ofmyfirst experiences as a team member at Universal Orlando Resort. I’ll never forget the moment I first passed through the bricks and saw the iconic street all aglow!

There’s so much to see and do here, from the thrilling ride beneath Gringotts Wizarding Bank, to the Wizarding World’s most famous shops. You won’t want to miss a thing, so here’s everything you need to know.

WHAT TO DO

Take it all in

Surprised Little Girl in the street in Diagon Alley
@coonmatic

对角巷是如此迷人,我建议你在第一次进入时暂停片刻,让自己有机会吸收一切。高耸的古灵阁魔法银行。韦斯莱魔法把戏坊上方的动画立面。破釜酒吧散发出诱人的香气。所有令人难以置信的小细节,从每个店面里有趣的神奇物品,到印在墙上的有趣广告(作为一个写广告的人,我对这些有好感),都绝对值得仔细看一看。

Journey deep underground onHarry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts

Inside the renowned goblin-run institution, you can go on an incredible thrill ride through the subterranean vaults. You’ll encounter Harry, Ron and Hermione, as well as more sinister characters. I’m generally a complete wimp when it comes to coasters (hence why I’m not a Gryffindor), but I can’t help but love this ride!

See a dragon breathe fire

Shot from below of Dragon Breathing Fire Diagon Alley
@ericoiannarelli

The first thing I noticed when I first entered Diagon Alley was the dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank (it’s hard to miss a fire-breathing dragon). My favorite spots to watch it are in the middle of the street near Shutterbutton’s, right outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. It looks especially stunning at night.

“你真是一团糟,哈利,在翻倒巷鬼鬼祟祟。狡猾的地方。不想让人看到你在那里。” — Rubeus Hagrid,Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

If the Dark Arts are your thing, you’ll love wandering these dark corridors. Be sure to stop by the notorious Borgin and Burkes, home to powerful Dark Arts objects. In the courtyard around the corner from the shop, look for a bird in a cage in a window and use your Interactive Wand to see the magical effects on the bird. More on Borgin and Burkes and Interactive Wands below.

PRO TIP:翻倒巷是对角巷最酷的地方。太阳似乎永远不会照在这条黑暗的街道上,这意味着天气很好,很冷。这里是避暑的绝佳去处。

See a wand choose a wizard atOllivanders Wand Shop

Girl casting spell at Ollivanders in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

There is nothing more essential to a witch and wizard than their wand. Now’s your chance to witness the unforgettable moment when a wand chooses a wizard — it could even be you! Browse through unique wands, wand sets, character wands, and Interactive Wands — and check out ourGuide to Wands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Cast spells withInteractive Wands

Witches Cast Spell with Interactive Wands in Diagon Alley

With a wave of your wand and the proper incantation, you can cast spells in over a dozen locations in Diagon Alley. Find the locations on the map that comes with your Interactive Wand purchase. Knockturn Alley spell-locations are illuminated on the sinister street.

PRO TIP:While you’re at it, embrace your inner Weasley twin and convince an unsuspecting friend to stand under the umbrella above the restroom entrance in Horizont Alley while you use your Interactive Wand to castMeteolojinx.And to make it up to them, I recommend trying your hand atIncendioto illuminate the dazzling Flimflam Lanterns near Knockturn Alley.

Sing along withCelestina Warbeck and the Banshees

As a singer myself, I love seeing a wizarding legend performing some of her greatest hits including “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love” and “You Charmed The Heart Right Out Of Me.” If you watch close to the stage, you may even get picked to be a part of the show! During theHolidays at Universal, you can catch a fun, seasonal performance.

Get lost in the plot ofThe Tales of Beedle the Bard

You’re never too old for storytime! The Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts uses a trunk full of props and puppets to retell the famous wizarding fairytales:The Fountain of Fair FortuneandThe Tale of the Three Brothers.

PRO TIP:DownloadThe Official Universal Orlando Resort Appto see the latest showtimes and find out when you can catch a concert or a story.

WHERE TO EAT

Leaky Cauldron

Woman stands in the middle of Leaky Cauldron
@hellodariaa

在这家不起眼的酒吧里尝尝传统的英国食物吧。我喜欢鱼和薯条(又名薯条)或农夫汉堡:一盘面包、奶酪、蔬菜和苏格兰鸡蛋。在这里你还可以喝到冷的、冷冻的和热的黄油啤酒,以及各种不含酒精和含酒精的饮料。

PRO TIP:If you’re craving an adult beverage, the Wizarding World has exclusive Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale beers as well as Fire Whisky liquor, available at the Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot.

Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour

Fun fact: I was the very first person to ever purchase a souvenir ice-cream dish here (according to the team member I purchased it from). To this day, I display it proudly on my work desk as a reminder of the day I tried my first Butterbeer soft-serve AND in memory of the VIP Preview where I tried every flavor of hard-packed ice cream in one night (I’m very dedicated to my craft). Earl grey lavender topped with crystals is my favorite, tied with chocolate, naturally (if you’re also a chocolate fan, check out myChocolate Lover’s Guide to Chocolate Desserts at Universal Orlando Resort).

PRO TIP:You get two scoops with hard-packed ice cream, so I sometimes like to combine salted caramel blondie with apple crumble, so then you get a salted caramel apple crumble blondie.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Woman sipping Butterbeer Fountain of Fair Fortune

This place is bubbling with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. My favorite is the non-alcoholic fishy green ale, a creamy cinnamon and mint concoction with blueberry bubbles.

The Hopping Pot

I like to grab a Hot Butterbeer here on cooler days before catching Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. You can enjoy all the drinks mentioned above, as well as beef pasties, chips, and Butterbeer soft-serve.

WHERE TO SHOP

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Guest holding Pigmy Puff Weasleys Wizard Wheezes
@themakeupwiz

在双胞胎的五彩缤纷的笑话商店里拥抱你内心的恶作剧制造者。浏览一下弗雷德和乔治最臭名昭著的作品:逃学速食盒、U-No-Poo药丸、流鼻血牛轧糖等等。

PRO TIP:If you adopt a Pygmy Puff, the cashier can ring a bell and make an official adoption announcement.

Borgin and Burkes

This dark and dingy shop in Knockturn Alley is ideal for the purveyor of Dark Arts Objects, including Death Eater masks, accessories, possibly cursed jewelry, and other collectibles. Keep an eye out for notable nefarious items throughout the store.

Magical Menagerie

Woman holding magical creature Magical Menagerie Diagon Alley

作为一个动物爱好者,我直奔这家店。克鲁克山、巴克比克、海德薇和侏儒蒲是你能找到的许多毛绒玩具动物中的一些。

Globus Mundi

如果你像我一样环游世界,一定要去魔法世界的官方旅行社。准备一些旅行必需品,比如护照夹、行李牌、卫衣、旅行杯等等。

Gringotts Money Exchange

Gringotts Money Exchange

和古灵阁的妖精聊天,用你的美元兑换古灵阁10美元或20美元的纸币。你可以用它们在魔法世界购物,也可以在奥兰多环球影城的一些地方购物。

Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions

Girl tries Robe Madam Malkins Diagon Alley

Admit it: you’ve always wanted to have a gown just like Hermione’s from the Yule Ball. This shop is the go-to for wizarding wear, including Hogwarts robes, ties, scarfs, sweaters, jewelry, and hats.

Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment

Rep your Hogwarts house with t-shirts, mugs, bags, and more, along with Ministry of Magic-themed merch.

Quality Quidditch Supplies

Quidditch fans, this store is for you! Shop for Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Quaffles, sweaters, brooms, and fan attire for the Holyhead Harpies and Chudley Cannons.

Shutterbutton’s

If you’ve ever wanted to create a moving portrait of your own, now’s your chance to act out 12 iconic scenes in Diagon Alley orHogsmeade. Then take your portrait home on a souvenir DVD.

Scribbulus

Scribbulus

欢迎来到拉文克劳保护区。好吧,严格来说,霍格沃茨所有的学院都可以来这里,但你知道谁会在墨水、羽毛笔、羊皮纸和笔记本上呆着。

Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweetshop in Diagon Alley

This tongue-twister of a shop has all kinds of tasty treats, from caramel apples to cauldron cakes. My favorite is the tin of Bing Bong Ginger Snaps. If you’re on a quest to enjoy Butterbeer in all forms, try the Butterbeer Fudge.

Wands by Gregorovitch

Guest purchasing a wand at Wands by Gregorovitch

我知道有很多奥利凡德的支持者,但这个竞争对手的魔杖制作人也很受尊敬。找到属于保加利亚著名魁地奇冠军维克多·克鲁姆的魔杖,以及其他角色魔杖和互动魔杖。

TOUR LONDON RIGHT OUTSIDE DIAGON ALLEY

在你进入著名的对角巷之前或之后,可以欣赏一下伦敦的景色,包括骑士公共汽车、霍格沃茨特快列车:国王十字车站、零食、购物和一些神奇的惊喜。我必须承认,每次来这里,我都希望能参观半价书店,但它从来不开门——我知道,拉文克劳的典型作风!

Girl in Knight Bus
@andrealyssa

Stop by theKnight Bus

Stranded witches or wizards can flag down the purple triple-decker bus for emergency transportation. Right now, it’s parked outside Diagon Alley. Chat with the conductor and then peek through the windows.

Board theHogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station

Unlike Harry Potter before his first year at Hogwarts, you know how to reach Platform 9 ¾: walk straight through a brick wall. Then ride the train to Hogsmeade Station to get to Hogwarts. En route you’ll encounter familiar faces and unexpected creatures.

You’ll need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express between Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Enjoy a traditional English snack

如果你是一个烤土豆爱好者,那就去伦敦出租车小屋看看吧。他们有豆子和奶酪、西兰花和奶酪、牧羊人派、夹心土豆,还有热狗、薯片(又名薯片)、瓶装饮料和啤酒。

Wear your British pride

Shop at the London Taxi Hut Store for a variety of merch bearing the Union Jack, including t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and keychains. My personal favorite is the teddy bear — I’ve always had a soft spot for stuffed animals (pun intended).

HIDDEN GEMS

There’s more than meets the eye in Diagon Alley. Here are some of my favorite things I’ve discovered.

Woman sitting in front of the Daily Prophet

The Daily Prophet

如果你把耳朵凑到《预言家日报》办公室,你就能听到记者们努力工作的声音。

12 Grimmauld Place

Do you know what happens if you knock on 12 Grimmauld Place in London? Stand outside long enough and you might catch sight of a familiar face in one of the windows.

The Phone Booth

If you pop inside the red phone booth in front of the record shop in London and follow the instructions inside, you’ll hear a mystery — or should I say Ministry — message.

Goblin Answers

I never pass up an opportunity to learn, especially from fellow magical beings.If you ask the Gringotts goblin in Gringotts Money Exchange a question, he’ll answer. If you’re feeling brave, ask “Are you a house-elf?”

Hidden Spell Locations

Try to find a couple of mystery Interactive Wand spell spots: one near a Ravenclaw haven and the other in Carkitt Market with a rather unpleasant aroma.

Magical Beasts

Look up toward the ceiling in Magical Menagerie and you can catch sight of cat-like Kneazle and other fantastical creatures.

Magic Mirror

Fair warning: if you stand in front of the mirror in Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, it can be a bit judgmental.

Parseltongue Practice

Think you may be descended from Salazar Slytherin himself?就在魔法动物园门口左边,你可以试着和商店橱窗里的一条住客蛇交谈,看看自己是否听懂了蛇佬腔。

Vanishing Cabinet

In the corner of Borgin and Burkes, you’ll find a Vanishing Cabinet fromHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.If you put your ear right up to it, you might hear what’s inside — at least for that moment!

Weasleys’ Wildfire Whiz-bangs

When you’re browsing through Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, look up at the ceiling to see their famed magical pyrotechnics.

I’m lucky enough to explore Diagon Alley on a regular basis, and every time I do, I notice something different and wonderful. What do you love most about Diagon Alley? Any hidden gems you’d add to the list?

Must be 21 years and older with valid photo identification to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Drink responsibly.

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