Here is the first time I talk about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios But Universal Studios is actually two different theme parks in a brilliant and very obvious way to make money. And so then they went and built a second Harry Potter (this one is Diagon Alley while the original is now known as Hogsmeade) area so both parks would have some Harry Potter space and if you want the full experience, by god are you going to have to pay for it.
Unless you are me, and have a hook-up to get in for free at least this one time. Otherwise I don’t know when I ever would have visited. Universal Studios can be more expensive than Disney, but if you are over the age of 12 then the price difference is worth it because they got the good stuff over here and as much as I love Space Mountain, that Hogwarts ride still beats it in my book. But I already talked about how much I love what is now called the Hogsmeade side, so I’ll spend this post talking about Diagon Alley.
I did absolutely zero research on this before going. I didn’t know anything about it except that it existed and that there was a working train. I’m going to tell you, I am so glad I didn’t know shit. Because I walked in there and I wish I had a picture of my face because I’m positive I looked like Harry Potter walking into Diagon Alley with Hagrid in Book 1. So here’s my recommendation. Don’t read the rest of this post and when you visit go to the Universal Studios side first, the Diagon Alley side. Then take the train from there (the train entrance is next to the entrance to Diagon Alley) to Islands of Adventure and ride the Hogwarts ride. If you do nothing else do those things.