Having shopped until we dropped at Macy’s, we decided to grab a couple of hours at Universal Orlando (well, seeing as we were so close…). I was desperate to visit the new Diagon Alley section of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so we headed straight to Universal’s Islands of Adventure on the complimentary shuttle bus from the Cabana Bay Beach Resort and headed straight to Hogsmeade Station to wait for the Hogwarts Express:
We weren’t disappointed when it huffed and puffed into view…
Disembarking at ‘Kings Cross Station’, we very excitedly headed to find Diagon Alley, only to bumble about without any luck. The secret entrance is fab (I won’t spoil the surprise, but there was a staff member there to point us in the right direction), and when we got there the atmosphere was buzzy. It’s just an incredible place to be:
We wandered around, popped into Ollivanders wand shop, perused Quality Quidditch Supplies, sipped a butter beer, and then there was a deep rumble and everyone stopped to look up…
The dragon on top of Gringotts Bank is a masterpiece:
The queues were minimal (November is a great time to visit) and we were soon enjoying Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which is just incredible, with amazing special effects – again, I won’t spoil it.
The whole place is just stunning as the sun starts to set:
We rounded off our visit with a chat with the lovely conductor of the Knight Bus, who is completely bonkers but very entertaining. Seriously, the whole place is amazing and worth a trip to Orlando on its own, let alone all the other wonderful things you can do and see.
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