Diagon Alley Universal Studios, Orlando

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dragon Guarding Gringotts

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Universal Studios Orlando’s Harry Potter Diagon Alley

We had the pleasure of spending the day at Universal Studios  and had a wonderful time.  We especially loved the Harry Potter section of the park. 

Note:  The best time to visit any of the theme parks in Orlando, Florida is in the months of September and January.  There are not as many people, it is a bit cooler in the temps and the lines are not as long which makes for a more enjoyable visit.

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UNIVERSAL

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The nice thing about visiting Universal Studios in mid September is that they have a few of their Halloween decorations up for the Halloween Horror Nights that takes place after dark.

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It starts to put me in the mood for Halloween.

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As you approach the back of the park you will come across big buildings like these.  If you recognize them they are sets from the Harry Potter movies. 

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The Lovely Square

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Gordon taking a nice break by the fountain.

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Now unbeknownst to the people walking by that in back of these beautiful buildings you will find the hidden Diagon Alley.

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The Purple 2-Decker Bus from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Now, On to Diagon Alley

Now let me see, I believe it is behind one of these stores…….

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Hmmmm…. What about that corridor over there?

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Yes, That’s it!

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Welcome to Diagon Alley

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The Weasley’s Shop

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This is a sweets candy shop but beware of the prices! 

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Quality, Style, Ease, Value, Variety

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Inside the Weasley’s Shop

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Most of these store front’s are just props.  But there are some great shops where you can buy your Harry Potter souvenirs.

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They do have some little carts of Harry Potter merchandise around the park.

I do love the pins!

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But before we go any further it’s time for lunch.

Hey, how about that place?

The Leaky Cauldron

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Here is the menu as well.

Fish and Chips

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Banger Pub Style Sandwich

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Specialty Chicken Sandwich

Ploughman’s

Bangers and Mash

Toad in the Hole

Cottage Pie

Fisherman’s Pie

Mini Pie Combination

Beef, Lamb and Guinness Stew

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Children’s Menu

Fish and Chips

Macaroni and Cheese

Cottage Mini Pie

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The Prices

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Entering The Leaky Cauldron Tavern

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This is truly lovely. 

The atmosphere is of course that of an English pub.

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Whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not this is a really great place to eat.

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The Art on the Walls

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Gordon and I shared a Dragon Scale ale and Gordon ordered a Fire Whiskey for himself.

We also shared a Butter Beer in the souvenir cup.

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We did bring a little treat from home.

Our Dragon Eyes

Actually, they are just dates stuffed with peanut butter with a raisin for an eye.  It was our very nutritious dessert after our wonderful meal of Fish and Chips and a Banger Pub Sandwich.

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Now with lunch behind us it’s time to take in the Diagon Alley atmosphere.

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How About A Wand?

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This is where I would love to be!

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Top Notch Shots.  The Owls.

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Gordon doing some shopping.  Is that Hermoine’s cat?

There really is some nice shopping in Diagon Alley but the prices are a bit high.

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Beautiful Dragons

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Oh, I did mean to buy a new broom!

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With shopping and strolling out of the way it’s time to enjoy the new Gringott’s thrill ride.

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ESCAPE FROM GRINGOTTS

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Waiting in line to ride Escape from Gringott’s.

This is a roller coaster ride but a very nice one.  Gordon and I are both in our 50’s and we are getting a bit sensitive to these rough rides but we did really like this one and ended up riding it twice.

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This is an exact duplicate of the bank from the movie.  It looks wonderful!

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Beautiful Chandeliers Everywhere

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For all your banking needs.

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I do think that I would like to make a deposit in my vault.

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My Vault at Gringott’s

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Now as we start to descend down into the chambers.

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The Daily Prophet

A bit of light reading as we wait.

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A bit of magic to find the key.

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In the bowels of Gringott’s.  Just follow the stairway to get on the ride.

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Now with the excitement out of the way, it’s time to explore more of Diagon Alley.

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The old buildings are great.  Right out of Harry Potter.

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Perhaps a visit to The Daily Prophet?

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Shopping for books?  Knitting needles?

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Perhaps it’s time to stop in for an ice cream cone?

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Now, before we leave Diagon Alley would you care for an elixir of sorts?

Well, if not then what say we visit the rest of the park?

I am starting to get hungry for dinner.  What do you recommend?

How about Mel’s Drive-In?

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You know, I can remember as a child eating at places like with with my mother.  I even remember the radio where we can choose our own music to play as we eat.  Kinda brings back memories. 

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Happy Days!

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50’s Dine In Restaurant

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This is very reminiscent of my childhood.

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To be perfectly honest the food here was just o.k.  Nothing really special.  But it was nice to revisit the atmosphere from my childhood.

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My salad with chicken.

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Universal Studios Diagon Alley

Nice place to visit but out of the places that we ate I recommend The Leaky Cauldron.

Have a great time!

Julie and Gordon

 

 

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