The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I was at Microsoft Ignite this past week in Orlando, Florida for work. On Thursday evening, Microsoft rented out all of Universal Studios theme park for the conference party. I’m not normally a work party kind of person, but I decided to attend because…Harry Potter.

They have both Hogsmeade village next to Hogwarts Castle and Diagon Alley. Of course in Hogsmeade there is butter beer, which is basically a cream soda float and very tasty.

This is actually a concession in Diagon Alley. I cheated.

This is actually a concession in Diagon Alley. I cheated.

From Hogsmeade you can take the Hogwarts Express train to King’s Cross station.

Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express

Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station

Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station

King’s Cross station is located next to Diagon Alley. I went on the “Escape from Gringott’s” ride and while I’m not much for thrill ride/rollercoaster type things, this was very immersive and very entertaining.

Dragon perched on top of Gringott’s

Dragon perched on top of Gringott’s

Gringott’s advertisement

Gringott’s advertisement

In the line to get on the ride they have animatronic goblins. Really how does one not want to be in proximity to animatronic goblins? They look around and when they stare at you it’s rather creepy.

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Goblin bankers

Goblin bankers

Also, the dragon on top of Gringott’s breathes fire.

Fire breathing dragon

Fire breathing dragon

The dragon breathes fire approximately every 15 minutes

The dragon breathes fire approximately every 15 minutes

I was texting pictures to someone I know and she suggested I get a souvenir. So I got several.

Keepsakes

Keepsakes

I did not get a wand.

Next time!