Still awaiting a letter from Hogwarts myself, I was so excited to experience the world of Harry Potter in person. I have always been a big fan of the Harry Potter series and I was definitely not disappointed by the two worlds of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
We started off in Universal Studio’s Diagon Alley, which from the front looked like a small street of London, England equipped with Kings Cross train station and the fountain in Piccadilly Circus, with an added Night Bus! Go down and alley way and you are now in Diagon Alley! I was simply blown away by the detail they had put into these parks. I honestly felt like I was a part of the movies right then and there. From the Leaky Cauldron, which was an actual restaurant you could eat at, to Olivanders where I purchased my wand, there was every store from the books and movies you could think of. Take a turn down another alley and you’re in Nocturne Alley. I could not get enough of this place. We explored the Weasley Brothers Joke Shop to Gringotts Bank. The detail was simply amazing!
After our fill of Diagon Alley, we hopped on the Hogwarts Express (how cool, right?!) and took the journey to Hogsmeade! Walking into the town of Hogsmeade with Hogwarts in the background was magical to say the least! Shops everywhere with Butterbeer carts serving cold and frozen Butterbeer, which I did try and it was delicious! We stopped into Honeydukes to stock up on some presents and candy for ourselves and then went on some of the rides. Amanda braved the Dragon Challenge, which was a huge rollercoaster that I was not brave enough to go on so I watched from the sidelines.
We then both went on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The whole line was through Hogwarts Castle which was honestly incredible. Starting in the Herbology Greenhouse we enter the castle going through Dumbledore’s office, the Griffindor common room, History of the Dark Arts classroom and ended in the Great Hall where we got on the ride. We weren’t allowed to take our bags on the ride so I had no camera with me which means sadly I have no photos from inside the castle, which really upsets me. The ride itself was also cool where we took a 3D ride through the grounds of Hogwarts, played a little Quidditch and even fought some Dementors to help Harry and his friends. This was by far the coolest and favourite ride of the day!
If you’re even remotely a fan of Harry Potter you will love this place! The detail they put into every area of these places is incredible. It’s an experience to even wait in line for the rides. I definitely would love to go back, and I recommend that if you have the chance you go too!