Hey remember that time that we took a weekend trip to Universal Studios? Well I’m finally getting around to recapping it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

Saturday

The main reason that we wanted to visit Universal Studios was because the new section of Harry Potter had opened up after the last time that we visited, Diagon Alley. Every other time we’ve visited Universal, we’ve always stayed at the Double Tree that’s located right across the street from the entrance to Universal Studios because we’ve always used Hilton Points. This time we decided to change it up a little bit, and we chose to stay in one of the Universal Studios resorts because we could get a whole extra hour in the Harry Potter section of the parks before everybody else was allowed to enter.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early after landing in Orlando super late Friday night. The walk from our hotel to City Walk was little less than a mile, and we decided that it would be easier to just walk there in the morning rather than wait for the shuttle. It was freezing cold on the walk to City Walk, so I was very glad that we wore lots of layers!

Diagon Alley

As soon as we got through security to get onto City Walk, we immediately headed to the Universal Studios park and made our way to Diagon Alley. And oh my goodness, it was was everything I thought that it was going to be and more! You seriously felt like you were walking on to the set of one of the Harry Potter movies because all of the places like The Leakey Cauldron, Dr. Filibusters, Gringott’s, and even Knockturn Alley, and all of the amazing details that went into it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

I thought that we’d immediately go and hop on the Gringott’s ride, but we decided to take some pictures first because there were so few people in the area. I seriously couldn’t get enough of all the little details and all of the “magic” that was happening all around us.

Once we took some pictures, we headed onto the ride inside Gringott’s! Like the walk through Hogwarts, the walk through Gringott’s is an experience in and of itself. The goblins talk to you, and you get set up for what’s going to happen on the ride, but unlike the ride through Hogwarts, the ride through Gringott’s is 3D!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

We had a blast on the ride, and there was such a small wait to go on the ride after we got off that we decided to ride it again before all of the people got there. Even though we loved the ride, Chris and I both agreed that we liked the ride through Hogwarts better.

After we had finished riding the Gringott’s ride for the second time, we wandered through some of the shops on Diagon Alley and took even more pictures! Universal couldn’t have done a better a job of making you feel like you were walking through some of the same areas that Harry Potter and his friends had walked.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios
Definitely take a stop by the Knight Bus! The head really talks, and the bus driver stays in character!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

Hogwarts Express

Around this time, the park was officially open to everybody else, so we decided to head over to Hogsmeade to get our fill of Harry Potter for the day. And what better way to travel to Hogsmeade, than by taking the Hogwarts Express! In order to take the Hogwarts Express, you need to have a a park-to-park pass, which they scan before you can get in line for the Hogwarts Express.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

Again, all of the details that Universal Studios added to Kings Cross, were absolute perfection! You could see all of the luggage for some of Hogwarts’ students, and you literally passed through to get onto Platform 9 3/4!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal StudiosThen the ride from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade felt like you were actually on the Hogwarts Express with Harry Potter and his friends. Everybody sits in their own compartment, and you can see the train leaving London and head out into the country, along with a few surprises that happen on the train as well. We didn’t have the opportunity to ride the Hogwarts Express back from Hogsmeade to Kings Cross, but I’ve heard that the ride is a little different. So definitely take advantage of both rides when you have the opportunity!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

Hogsmeade

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

Once we got to Hogsmeade, we immediately headed to Hogwarts and got in line to ride the ride. The line actually wasn’t too bad, and we really only had to wait in line for about 30 minutes before we hopped on the ride, which was fantastic, of course!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

After that, we headed over to the dragon challenge ride since the line wasn’t that long. This was the ride that there are metal detectors on, and they will make you go back through the line and put things into a locker if you have anything loose on your body. So make sure you put everything in a locker before you get in line!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

By this time, it was getting pretty close to lunch time, so we decided to grab a little snack to hold us over until lunch time, some butterbeer! There are actually three types of butterbeer: frozen, cold, and hot. We opted to try the cold one this time around, and posed for some super cute pictures with butterbeer mustaches before walking around some more, and then heading to lunch on City Walk.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios

Check back next time to hear all about the rest of our first day!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Visit To Diagon Alley At Universal Studios