By Jorge Valentin
Orlando is getting ready to become a little more magical this July as Universal Orlando Resort (only four miles away from us at the Vista Cay Resort) welcomes in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley. Guests will be able to visit the new “London” section of the park, where hints of mysticism tease passers-by from every corner. They can dine at the famous Leaky Cauldron, visit Number Four Grimmauld Place, or even marvel at the quirky, triple-decker Knight Bus.
Once they pass through the brick wall behind the quiet pub, however, guests will be fully immersed in the magnificent neighborhood of Diagon Alley itself. Tall, crooked buildings boast magical, living storefronts, taking you into a world unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Come to Ollivander’s Wand Shop, a unique experience where the wands will choose you, and then skirt off to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour for some delicious, Butterbeer-flavored ice cream. Use your new wand to practice real magic in the interactive environment! Buy some gag gifts from the hilarious joke shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, or if you’re feeling brave, wander into Knockturn Alley, where only the darkest of shops may thrive.
Afterwards, get some money-saving tips by visiting the goblins who work at Gringotts bank. There, guests will be able to experience a brand new, one-of-a-kind adventure, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, promised to be the most innovative attraction to date! In case that isn’t enough adventure for one day, guests can finally board the famous Hogwarts Express and travel, as Harry and his friends do, to Hogsmeade Village at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The magical journey never has to end!
This is thrilling news for us here at Vista Cay Resort, as many of our guests love to spend their time at Universal Studios Orlando, which is also mere minutes from International Drive! The Vista Cay Resort is also within 10 minutes of SeaWorld Orlando and 20 minutes from Walt Disney World.
Diagon Alley, the new expansion to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios