This summer, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will expand across both Universal Orlando theme parks with the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios.
The Harry Potter area will double in size and guests can visit both sections by traveling on board the Hogwarts Express train, just like in the books and movies. The new section at Universal Studios will include experiences based on London, Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley, with shops, dining options, and a new ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
In order to ride the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade Station in Universal’s Islands of Adventure to London’s King Cross Station in Universal Studios, guests must have park-to-park admission. On the journey, passengers will see views of London and the British countryside before their arrival at King Cross Station, passing through London and a brick archway into Diagon Alley.
Once inside the new attraction, guests can visit the shops of Diagon Alley, like Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, with magical jokes and toys; Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, with wizard robes and character costumes; Magical Menagerie, with stuffed animals like Hippogriffs; Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, offering everything from telescopes to hourglasses; Quality Quidditch Supplies, with apparel and equipment; and Scribbulus, featuring writing products like journals and feather quills. Over in Knockturn Alley, guests can get “darker” items from Borgin and Burkes like skulls and Death Eater masks. And if visitors wants to choose a wand, they can visit Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C.
The new area will also offer British fare at the Leaky Cauldron, such as fish and chips and bangers and mash, as well as ice cream and frozen treats at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.