Best Of 2015

Best Freshman Year: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley at Universal Studios

Best Freshman Year
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It seems like we watched and waited – and waited and waited – for the grand opening of the Diagon Alley portion of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open. And now we can hardly imagine Universal Orlando without it. The park expansion connects the Wizarding World at Islands of Adventure with Universal Studios’ Diagon Alley via Hogwarts Express, and though we curse Universal for tempting us to buy that park-to-park ticket every time we want to visit, we just can’t help ourselves. A visit to the park just doesn’t feel complete until we’ve had a pumpkin juice at the Hog’s Head Pub and a cottage pie at the Leaky Cauldron.