We're less than two weeks away from the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, with July 8 just around the corner. What can we say, we're excited for all of you to experience the magic that is Diagon Alley! If you haven't gathered from our recent posts, the new area inside theUniversal Orlando® Resort is absolutely AMAZING! Yes, it's even better than The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, with new eats, drinks, shops and experiences that you won't want to miss. There is so much to see and do inside this new area. You could easily spend a week there and still not experience it all, so this is by no means exhaustive, but we wanted to give you a little taste of the very cool things you can do when you visit Diagon Alley. You are going to be visiting, aren't you? Here are the seven things you must do inside Diagon Alley.
1. Try the Fishy Green Ale (or at least the Tongue Tying Lemon Squash)
For many, Fishy Green Ale will be an acquired taste. This sugary cinnamon-mint concoction with boba tea blueberry "fish eggs" is quite sweet and packs a punch!
More palatable for the masses is the Tongue Tying Lemon Squash (plus Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice and Peach Tree Fizzing Tea). All are available at the Hopping Pot along with a few alcoholic options.
2. Cast a spell inside Diagon Alley
Think your wand skills are a match for Hermione? Put them to the test! Using one of the interactive wands for sale at Ollivanders™, you can meander through Diagon Alley (and soon Hogsmeade) casting spells at marked locations (look for the medallions along the cobblestone streets or use the map). Say the right words, move the wand just so and presto! -- the magic happens.
3. Let a wand choose you inside Ollivanders
Every Potter fan knows that it is the wand who chooses the wizard, and so it goes inside Ollivanders. Step inside the famed shop inside Diagon Alley (there is also one in Hogsmeade™), and you too might be chosen for this magical experience wherein the wand keeper sizes you up for the perfect wand!
4. Chat with the goblin inside Gringotts Money Exchange
While the goblins insideHarry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™ are much too busy for small talk, inside the Gringotts Money Exchange, the goblin behind the counter is happy to answer any questions as you part ways with your Muggle money. You can exchange your Tens and Twenties for Gringotts bills that can be used throughout the Wizarding World.
5. Grab a scoop of Butterbeer™ Ice Cream
OK, I must confess that perhaps the very best thing inside of Diagon Alley is the Butterbeer Ice Cream. Yes, it was right up there on the list of things I was most looking forward to inside Diagon Alley, and it did not disappoint! This creamy, soft-serve concoction was absolute, melt-in-your-mouth amazing.
6. Catch the fireworks inside Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
Fred and George Weasleys' creativity is on full display inside Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, the perfect place to pick up a few gag gifts and fun foods like Pygmy Puffs, Bombastic Bombs and U-No-Poo.
What's even more wondrous are all the intricate details, the spiraling staircase and the magical effects like the fireworks display.
7. Take a walk on the dark side in Knockturn Alley
The darkest area in Diagon Alley is also the coolest -- a permanent chill runs through the air. It's always nighttime in this shopping district devoted to the Dark Arts with ominous clouds hanging over the twisty alleyway.
You can try your hand at some of the darker spells inside Knockturn Alley, and then head inside Borgin and Burkes™to pick up a Death Eater mask, skull or costume.
Bonus: Sup inside the Leaky Cauldron
We confess that we didn't make it to dinner during our Diagon Alley preview (too much Butterbeer and Chocolate and Raspberry Ice Cream), but we did take a stroll through the cozy dining hall.
We dream of cozying up with a pint and grabbing some Bangers and Mash on the next trip!
We're looking forward to exploring every single nook and cranny inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley on our next trip. What are you most looking forward to doing inside Diagon Alley? Share in comments below!
Hoppy Diagon Alley dreaming!
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