Pick Six: Diagon Alley Tips and Tricks
With the Grand Opening of Diagon Alley today, I thought I would share some of time saving tips and tricks!
1. The Dragon’s Fire
The a 60ft, seven-ton, fire-breathing Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon breathes fire every 15 minutes, and there is a loud build up so you have plenty of time to get your camera ready!
It was awesome!
My favorite spot to watch from is the stairs to nowhere, just behind Hagrid’s Motorbike next to Gringott’s. It was great seeing the expressions on people’s faces as they watched for the first time!
Water in Diagon Alley is ‘Gilly Water’, and it is available only at a few Diagon Alley food and beverage locations for $4.00.
But to take your Gilly Water experience to the next level, you can add one of four potions to it for an additional $4.25 at Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment, located in the arcade across from the stage.
The Four potions that you can purchase (with their coresponding flavors) are:
Fire Protection Potion: Watermelon
Babbling Beverage: Fruit Punch
Draught of Peace: Mixed Berry
Elixir to Induce Euphoria: Pineapple
If you want to try a potion, but want to skip out on the Gilly Water you can purchase the vial and add it to your own water.
3. Gringott’s Money Exchange
At the Gringott’s Money Exchange, you can exchange Muggle money for Gringott’s Bank Notes.
The Gringott’s Money Exchange is a separate location, next to Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment and across from Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment under the arcade in Diagon Alley.
This is a really cool experience, because you get to interact with animatronic goblin who oversees the exchange of currency.
These Bank Notes can be spent anywhere, but I have a feeling that most people will save them instead of spending them.
4. Pram Parking
There are several adorable signs that say ‘Pram Parking’ throughout the arcade in Diagon Alley.
With the streets being uneven, large crowds, tight walkways, and stores with intricate displays, having a place to park your pram out of the way is a great idea.
Pram parking is located just to the right of Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, and you will find a helpful witch or wizard there to help you.
5. Butterbeer Ice Cream
Butterbeer Ice Cream is my everything! In my eyes, it is the perfect ice cream of all time.
That being said, the line to head into Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour are often times long.
But if it is Butterbeer Ice Cream you are seeking, you can head over to the Fountain of Fair Fortune, located across from the Magical Menagerie near Knockturn Alley.
The Fountain of Fair Fortune is also a great place to grab a Butterbeer, Frozen Butterbeer, Fishy Green Ale, Gillywater, Wizard’s Brew, Dragon Scale, Strongbow, Fuller’s London Pride, and Amstel Light.
6. When it rains it pours
When it rains, and often times it does rain in Orlando, Diagon Alley is my new favorite place to visit!
With an arcade over most of the open areas, tons of shops, and ample covered spaces there are a lot of great places to duck into while you wait out the storm.
My favorite place to go though, is Knockturn Alley! This sinister place is completely covered, and is home to what might be my favorite shop Borgin and Burkes!
Plus, there are a lot of interactive wand experiences in this area to keep little ones occupied as you wander the dark alley ways.
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