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Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015


Diagon Alley in a Nutshell

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is split between both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Island of Adventure. Technically both parks are on one giant property and they touch, but you need a park-to-park ticket in order to access both. 

Diagon Alley has a very historic city feel with its tall buildings and cute shopfronts, which makes sense given the fact that Diagon Alley is located in London in the Harry Potter books. It has a distinctively different feel compared to Hogsmeade (which has more of a village aesthetic), the other half of Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Date VisitedMarch 4, 2015

Crowd Levelsmoderate for the most part (some rides were noticeably busier than others)

Age Range Appealbig kids to adults depending on areas visited and what you're looking for

Here is a map of the entire Universal Florida campus.



As we mentioned in our intro post to Universal, these areas get very busy and Universal limits the number of visitors that can be in each of the Harry Potter parks at one time. While they didn't have to restrict those passing in and out of the parks when we were there, we've read it is a common occurrence during peak season, so keep that in mind if you plan to visit one or both halves. 

Special Note: This area gets very, very crowded by midday, so if you want to do something like visit Ollivander's Wand Shop make sure you go there first. Also, in order to get to Hogsmeade you must have a park-to-park ticket and we strongly suggest taking the Hogwarts Express for both the experience and convenience. Keep in mind, most rides in both Harry Potter parks are for bigger kids--our youngest son (who was about 48/49 inches at age 6 when we visited) was unable to go on many of the rides. 


Diagon Alley Tips

  • It gets crowded and very, very hot (we had unseasonably warm weather around 90 in March when we were there). Bring plenty of water!
  • We found there were less places to simply sit and rest than other areas of Universal and other parks we've been to and what areas there were filled quickly and stayed filled. Plan to take breaks outside Diagon Alley if you're visiting with little guys.
  • The parent-swap option at Universal is amazing! Since our youngest was too small to go on many rides and our oldest gets motion sickness and didn't want to go on many, Dad and I were able to make good use of the parent-swap option. It's fantastic because one adult stays with the little guys who wait in a nice cool room while the other gets plugged in as a single on a ride, then you swap and the other parent waits while the other parent rides. It really didn't add much time onto our total time there and we were able to skip a large portion of the line as a result because we were technically "singles".
  • You cannot bring bags on many of the Harry Potter rides. You may not realize how much of a pain this is, but if you're NOT doing the parent-swap, you have to check your bags/handbags/backpacks into a locker at the beginning of the ride. It adds time as these areas are very crowded and it adds a little cost. If you are doing the parent-swap, you can keep your bags with the waiting parent and do not have to check them in. 
  • The lines get really hot during warmer months. Some parks make good use of large fans along the majority of the stretches of lines for rides. We found that our waits for some of the rides were outside and not super cool, so make sure you bring plenty of extra sunscreen, hats, water, etc.
  • Over-budget for merchandise purchasing. I cannot stress enough how easy it is to spend a good amount at Diagon Alley and Hogsmead. Odds are, if you're visiting one or both you and/or your family are total Potter fans. The merchandise there blows all of the merchandise you've seen at Barnes & Nobles, Toys R Us and anywhere online out of the water! Quality is generally great, attention to detail is stellar and there are volumes of variety. Trust me, you will feel compelled to buy some goodies and since price tags are on par with park prices, you'll want to make sure you have enough budgeted. 
  • If you plan to buy robes budget even more. The robes were easily the highest ticketed item we purchased during our Diagon Alley trip, even compared to the price of the actual park tickets. They range in price, but we paid over $100 a piece and our kids are 7 and 9. Since we travel to Orlando around both of their birthdays these were parts of their birthday gifts.
  • Butterbeer lines get long at carts. If you plan to try it, we found it much easier to order it with our meals as we waited about 15 minutes in line when we got frozen ones from a cart. You can also upgrade at the restaurants to include a souvenir mug (which is adorable and not badly priced), but we weren't given this option at the carts. The carts also sold water, pumpkin juice, etc.
  • Family pictures are available at rides for purchase. Like many parks, Universal takes pictures of visitors before some rides and on others. You have the option at automated kiosks to purchase them. I actually thought the way they did them at the Harry Potter rides was pretty neat as they actually allowed us to pose at one of them! I'm the type that hates candid photos of myself, so it was a nice change of pace. The candids on rides of the kids were hilarious though. From what we remember, prices were what you'd expect for the photos at a major park.
  • Stores are small. For the most part, stores are very small and cramped so if you have little ones that are claustrophobic or struggle with tightly packed crowds and stimulation, you may want to have someone check the store before going inside.
  • Strollers could be problematic in stores and even in the main parts of Diagon Alley during super busy periods. We didn't see a lot of families with little ones in strollers (compared to Disney where the majority of families we see tend to have a stroller or two in tow) and we don't have anyone still in a stroller, but given how tight Diagon Alley can be when busy, you may want to look into "wearing" little guys that can't walk the park.
  • Movie characters on the rides are done with holograms not actors. We actually really appreciated the fact that Universal (due to J.K. Rowling) didn't try to plug in look-alike actors to pretend to be main characters from the movies. I read ahead of time she felt it would break up the authenticity of the experience and I agree with her. Holograms of the real actors interacting on rides and in different parts of Hogwarts were very well done in our opinions.
  • We don't have a favorite Wizarding World of Harry Potter side, try to do both if you can! We've talked about it and really feel like you get a more complete experience if you visit both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. While there is a little crossover between the two (2 Olivander's for example), they are so different in look and feel and they both offer different rides and shops. If you can only do one, read through our posts and determine which your family would most likely prefer based on your personal opinions.


Diagon Alley Universal Studios Florida Experience & Ride Reviews

Diagon Alley has so many amazing things to see and do. Honestly, if you're a Harry Potter fan it is a truly magical experience for everyone from kids to adults. I think super young kids may not quite see the appeal, but big kids to adults will have a blast! Keep in mind, not all storefronts are actual stores you can visit, but they're so well designed they're still really fun to see.

This map is actually pretty great in terms of telling where specific stores are as the one Universal has online currently only highlights a few things.

I'm sorry some of these pictures are narrow. Our camera randomly died at the beginning of our day and we had to take the majority of our shots with our camera phones. We wanted to make sure we were still able to give you an inside peak!


Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
I swear we all heard the film score begin the second we passed through this hole in the brick wall! It is very surreal and magical to see the books come to life like this. 

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
We made a beeline for Diagon Alley the second Universal Studios Florida opened their gates so we were able to get there before the crowds really began pouring in. We loved seeing all of the Diagon Alley "inhabitants" in their awesome costumes! As you can see, Diagon Alley has much more of an old timey London city feel.

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Quality Quidditch Supplies is a fantastic store if you're a fan of this wizard-only sport. Merchandise ranged from team scarves and cats to shirts, backpacks and even quidditch gear!

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
There were so many things to see! Legitimate corridors and alley ways twist and turn throughout Diagon Alley. To the right you can see Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, which I'll show you a bit more in depth below.

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
How fun are these wizards and witches waiting to great us? And there's Gringotts in the distance with its menacing dragon guard!

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
This shot is a perfect sample of what it looks and feels like to walk through Diagon Alley. It's like you're in a completely different world! Gringotts Bank is actually the fabulous ride "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts". We'll talk about that a little more below as well with some sneak peeks from inside the bank!

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Home of the Daily Prophet! Give this writer a job, will ya?
I'm sure the paper could do with one less Rita Skeeter article, don't you think?
This was not a shop you could go in, but the exterior was so fun to see.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
We had read that Ollivanders Wand Shop was easily one of the most busy spots in each of the parks (there is one in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade) and that if you want to take part in the wand choosing experience with the wand keeper you should get here as early as possible as it becomes an incredibly long wait. This was the number 1 thing our little guys wanted to do, so we prioritized and made sure we did it first--and we're so glad we did!

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Ollivanders in Diagon Alley is split into 2 halves. One half is the shop (shown above) where you can buy wands and the other half is where you can partake in the wand choosing experience/show.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
I wish we had gotten this lovely guy's name because he was fantastic! We originally went into the retail side and he quickly asked us if we'd prefer to go to the wand choosing experience with the wand keeper and ushered us to the other side. If it weren't for him, we might not have had the unique experience we ended up having, which we'll share below. We are still so grateful to him that he got us over to the other side as fast as he did!


Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
When we went over to the other side we were directed by a wizened old wizard who asked us if we were there for a wand. He told us the wand keeper was waiting for us to help us. We traveled through a narrow passage with shelf after shelf and corridor after corridor of wands. It was really cool and really built up the anticipation!

The wand choosing experience has low lights and a minute or two of really loud bells. If you have little guys with sensitivities or anxiety, keep this in mind. Our kids did fine because they were totally into it, but I could see it being too much for some SPD littles.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
So many wands, so little time!

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
The room the wand choosing experience occurs in is very dark, but you can see some of what it looked like here. And because we got there so early and that lovely wizard directed us over so quickly we got to do the experience totally on our own! Normally it's done in groups of around 25 from what I've read--we were so lucky!

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Normally one person is picked out of the bunch and because we were the only ones present our oldest had the honor! He pretty much died. He takes things very literally and doesn't always get into "kid" things, but he was 100% committed to this and enjoyed every second. Here the wand keeper was explaining the importance of every wand choosing its wizard due to their unique make-ups.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
She had our oldest try out several wands, which all did funny, bizarre things because they weren't "right" for him. Here the wand keeper is silencing some bells our son set off when he flicked one of the wands.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
She told our oldest he might be a special case and needed a very special wand--loved this! She went and got a "special" one out for him and told him to flick it just so.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
This time, with the right wand in hand, wind rushed up, light shown down on him in a beam and music played from the movie. It was seriously magical and he completely believed it was really happening. It was very well done!

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
The wand keeper told our son that the wand had chosen him and went over a few magical things. From there we were directed back into the original retail side we had initially gone into with our buddy from above. Our oldest was pretty much smiling from ear to ear and carefully holding his new wand.
I was a little concerned at first that our youngest would be upset he wasn't chosen, but he took it in stride and enjoyed watching everything. He was also very excited to pick his own wand after.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Once we were in the retail side of Ollivanders our oldest was given the option to keep the wand that chose him or pick another (not a touch choice as you can imagine). Our youngest got to peruse all of the wands they had--there were so many!
Wands in Ollivanders are broken down into "character wands" (replicas of those used by characters in the movies" and unique wands (non-replicas).
Additionally, there are interactive wands and non-interactive wands.
Interactive Wands: We had researched the wands ahead of time as we'd heard there were different kinds. The interactive wands are a bit more expensive, but they interact with specific storefront displays when you do specific spells. Essentially, there are little things on the tips of the wand that interact with sensors strategically hidden in these displays. Interactive wands come with maps that tell you where the displays, marked with large medallions on the ground, are located in both halves of the park. We found that at the time we visited wands ranged from around $30-$50 for interactive and regular wands.

Interactive Displays: If you're thinking about budgeting the money for the interactive wands you're probably wondering whether or not they're worth it. We know people who have purchased the non-interactives and been fine while we purchased the interactive wands and enjoyed what they added to our trip. I think if you're the type that wants to really experience as much as you can while visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they're worth it. However, if you/your kids aren't going to have the patience to wait for a turn to use the displays (there were short lines at most when we were there) and try to get some of the finicky ones to work (some sensors worked better off the bat than others) then you may want to opt for a non-interactive wand.

Our kids had a total blast learning new "spells" all over the parks and watching them do special things in the window displays. To this day our kids think they really were performing the spells, though our youngest (who also hyper-analyzes everything) began thinking it over the other day. 

If you want to keep this fun little fantasy going once they leave the parks, we told our kids that the Ministry of Magic does not allow underage wizards to use their wands outside of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley (sound familiar?) and they completely accepted it. They're looking forward to going back with their wands and performing more magic!

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
This is the map that came with each of the wands we purchased. A lovely girl in the shop explained how the map worked for finding spots where the little guys could try their hands at different spells.

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
So many wands were available and a bunch were on display as well. We loved looking at all the different designs!

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015

Ollivanders Wand Shop Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
The attention to detail in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade is off the charts! They went so far as to haphazardly stuff wand boxes above the shelves. It's little details like this (along with the big ones) that make Wizarding World of Harry Potter a seamless experience compared to other parks we've visited.
  
Florian Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour
We wanted to stop at FloreanFortescue's Ice Cream Parlour, but there was a little line and we were chomping at the bit to go on the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride so we skipped it. Next time for sure! We've heard the ice cream is to die for.

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
One of the craziest thing about Diagon Alley is that its built in such a way that you literally feel as though you're in a cramped city. if you look up there are buildings towering over you. It's incredible!

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
The day we were at Diagon Alley we were told the dragon had a cold and had been sniffling and coughing, but unable to breathe fire, all morning. We were bummed! Hopefully next time it'll be back in good health and breathing fiery clouds from its rooftop perch.

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Gringotts is a very sophisticated, wealthy looking bank on the inside with its crystal chandeliers and marble pillars! Unfortunately, lighting is dim so good shots are hard to snap while on the move, but you get the idea.

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Gringotts employs quite a few goblins to keep tabs on customer accounts. They were very hard at work when we passed through.

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
The head goblin was also very busy at his high desk. The articulation of this guy was incredible--he looked so real!

This was the massive chandelier in the center of the bank's lobby. Again, attention to detail was amazing right down to the Grecian pillars!

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
You walk quite a bit to get to the actual ride portion in Gringotts, but they give you glimpses of some pretty cool stuff along the way! These gates had giant vaults behind them with sealed, heavy metal doors. The card you see behind the gate there was full of large gold bars waiting to be put away!

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
There were copies of the Daily Prophet with enchanted pictures scattered around during our walk through the bank to the ride. This was right before the area where they take pictures of your family, which you can later purchase. We didn't end up purchasing the pictures this time, but I think we will next time as they were quite cute!

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Before getting on the ride we got to watch a really neat hologram interaction between one of the Weasley twins and a goblin. This built up to boarding the actual ride.

Gringotts Bank Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
As you can see, these holograms were really, really well done! From here we moved to the actual ride where we weren't allowed to take pics or video. The ride is killer and we strongly recommend checking it out!

Magical Menagerie Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Magical Menagerie is the fun Potter-style pet shop where visitors can purchase everything from Scabbers replicas to unicorns and everything between! There's Crookshanks lazily perched up high overseeing everything.
It's hard to see here and I tried to get a good shot in vain, but that rat cage hanging from the ceiling has rats in it that perform fun tricks! Make sure to look up if you visit.

Magical Menagerie Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Like most of the stores it is quite small and fills up fast, but it's a really cute stop.

Magical Menagerie Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Could it be Nagini? This extremely large snake watched you closely as you passed by--beware!

Knockturn Alley Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
This is Borgin and Burkes' storefront from the street, however, you could also access it from Knockturn Alley, which we'll show you below.

Knockturn Alley Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Knockturn Alley Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Loved this enchanted wanted poster for Bellatrix Lestrange! I'm a huge Helena Bonham Carter fan anyway, but this poster was so neat. Check it out if you visit, the enchanted images are really neat!
We did venture into Knockturn Alley, but didn't stay too long as our guys got a bit antsy after we looked at a few things and did one of the interactive wand stations. It is very dark and creepy, so probably not a must-see for little, little guys.

Knockturn Alley Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
This is the other side of Borgin and Burkes. This was too scary for our little guys, so we didn't venture in to view dark magic objects and whatnot. 

Knockturn Alley Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Shrunken heads, anyone?
Again, too scary for our little guys.

Knockturn Alley Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
This was one of the interactive wand spots. The kids did a spell that made this skeleton move around. Again, kind of scary for some little guys so use your judgement before visiting Knockturn Alley.

Flourish & Blotts Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Flourish & Blotts was another really neat store with a facade that looked very real. It was too bad you couldn't go in, but getting a peak from outside was still exciting.

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Here we are back at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes! This was a fun stop for us. They had everything from jokes to candies. It was a bit cramped, but worth a trip in in our opinions.

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
The store is crammed with goodies from floor to ceiling. A lot of the wizards that work here do little demonstrations with different items.

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
How about bringing home a magical little pet?

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Of all the candies sold in Wizarding World of Harry Potter the chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans had the most movie-like packaging. Super, super cute!

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015er
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans galore! We grabbed both chocolate frogs and beans because the packaging was so dead-on the movie's. The frog was actually quite large (much bigger than a half-dollar) and the beans came in a variety of delicious and disgusting flavors. The quality of the chocolate was on the slightly waxier side, but if you're looking for a great novelty candy item these 2 would be our picks.
Quality Quidditch Supplies Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Quality Quidditch Supplies houses all things quidditch! If you're looking for wearable merchandise this store is a must-see. Everything is decked in house colors and animals--from scarves to caps; cardigans to bags. You can also buy actual quidditch equipment to play a game of your own. Price tags are fairly high and quality seemed good.

Quality Quidditch Supplies Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015

Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions is where you can find the largest selection of formal and school wizard wear. This is where we purchased robes for both of our little guys. You can also buy adult robe, general wizard clothing, hats, wallets, school pins, etc.
The lighting in here was very dim, but we wanted to snap a few shots to give you a sneak peek.

Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Some of the adult wizard clothing was absolutely beautiful! Harry Potter wedding, anyone?

Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
We had a great time looking at some of these outfits, which were so like the costumes used in the movies.

Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
If you've ever dreamed of being head girl ... now is your chance! They had a number other badge pins for each house including ones for prefects.

Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
I grabbed this pin as a souvenir. Super cute!

Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Here's our littlest wizard all ready to head off to school! Our youngest is wearing one of the absolute smallest sizes (I can't remember if there was a size on the rack smaller than his). He weighed about 39lbs and was around 47 or 48 inches tall.

Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando Tips & Review Family Travel 2015
Robes were really great quality in our opinions. They're heavy, the stitching seemed good and they even had built-in wand pockets! The ones we purchased came with Gryffindor badges, but they had all of the house robes available.


Diagon Alley at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Florida 2015 Final Thoughts

Diagon Alley is a really great mini-park with so much to see. Especially if you're a Harry Potter fan, it's definitely a worthwhile, unique stop for families. While merchandise prices tend to be a bit on the higher end, quality was actually very good in our opinions. Keep in mind that while there are only a couple rides, most are geared towards bigger kids or older. Make use of the parent-swap option if you want to experience the rides (which we strongly suggest) and have little guys that can't or won't enjoy them.

It can get very busy in Diagon Alley and the narrow structure of the area and size of the shops really allows you to feel it. I could see little ones that get over-stimulated easily having a rough time during busier seasons and days. During busier times there aren't many places to sit an rest as they fill up quickly, especially in the shade.

If you want to go to Ollivanders in Diagon Alley go there first if possible! The wand choosing show is well worth the trip.

Don't forget to check out all of our features from our 2015 Orlando Family Travel Guide:
Note: This trip was in no way sponsored. All opinions mentioned above are our own based on our experiences.

9 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a blast. We haven't been to Orlando in a few years. Need to plan another trip.

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  2. I love Harry Potter world! It's only about 90 minutes from me.

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    1. Nice! If we lived that close we'd definitely visit all the time. We're already planning our trip for 2016 ;)

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  3. OMG I think I was there the same time you were!!!! I went for my birthday weekend (March 6Th)

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    1. No way! We were at the Universal Parks on the 4th and it was a blast! Small world ;)

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  4. I can't wait to go someday!

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    1. It is pretty flipping awesome! ;)

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  5. Would you mind letting me know what sizes of robes you bought your boys? I'm ordering one for myself soon and the sizing charts on the website are zero help.

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