Stepping into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida is such an immersive experience that you’re likely to forget you’re in a theme park as soon as you make your way through the magical brick wall.
While it’s easy to get lost in the tangle of shops and restaurants here, there are a few experiences you must seek out for your day to truly be complete. Don’t miss these easily overlooked options.
1. Call the Ministry of Magic
Along the London street façade in front of Diagon Alley, you’ll find a bright red phone booth. This is more than just a cute place for a photo op. The phone booth gives you a direct line to the Ministry of Magic. Step inside and dial M-A-G-I-C, or 62442. Don’t worry if you forget the secret code – it’s printed right inside for easy reference. If you can slip into the phone booth more than once during the day, you may even want to call a couple times. The response isn’t always the same.
2. Interview a goblin
The Gringotts Money Exchange is best known for offering Wizarding money in exchange for cold hard US currency. However, there is another compelling reason to head into this store. Inside you’ll find a stunning goblin animatronic that does far more than cycle through a few boring lines. You can ask the goblin questions and he will respond accordingly. If you’re looking for some ideas, consider asking him about dragons, implying that he’s a house elf, or inquiring as to his age. He also responds to those who pull out a camera to snap a photo of him.
3. Mix your own potion
Stop by Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment stand and mix your very own option using Gilly Water and the additive of your choice. Choose from Fire Protection Potion, Babbling Beverage, Elixir to Induce Euphoria, and Draught of Peace. While the potions don’t fizz or bubble as one might hope, they still offer a fun way to mix up a flavored beverage, and the tiny potion bottles make excellent souvenirs.
4. See Celestine Warbeck live
Diagon Alley regularly hosts live musical performances from Celestina Warbeck, one of Mrs. Weasley’s favorite singers. Catch Celestina herself and her banshee backup singers on stage several times throughout the day. You’ll notice her music has old school jazz flair with distinctly wizard-inspired lyrics.