I'm just going to warn you, there are a LOT of photos in this post! I took over 600 in Diagon Alley and it was so hard to narrow them down! I purposely avoided looking at much online about the new part of the park so I could be a little surprised. If you can stand to go to Hogsmeade first, It is amazing to approach Diagon Alley from King's Cross Station.
I wish they really sold edible dark marks!
Can you see the little purple fish with the witch had? I wish I had gotten a closer picture.
You get to walk through Gringott's, the wizard bank run by goblins. The main hall is stunning with those big chandeliers, marble columns, and creepy animatronic goblins.You then walk down some halls of the bank with these funny goblin portraits and office doors with names like "Bilnorb" in gold on the doors.
The ride is pretty good. You are loading into a mine car and you are basically seeing a different view of the part of Deathly Hallows Part 2 Where Harry, Ron and Hermione break into Gringott's looking for that Horcrux. (Any not Potter fans still reading? Are you totally confused?) The ride goes between screens and coaster action, like a cross between the Hogwart's ride and the Mummy ride. We liked it better the second time we rode it. There is a LOT going on and it is a little confusing. But something I learned from Crystal and Marc this trip is to act like the ride is real. So when *spoiler alert* Voldemort makes an appearance just scream and yell "No!!" It makes it even more fun!
So the ride was pretty great. I don't know how happy I would have been if I'd waited more than three hours though.
This was a little booth where you could mix different elixirs to make your own custom potion.
They even have a cute pet shop! Magical Menagerie!
Ahhhhh what a place! I tried to keep it to one post, buuuuuttttttt I can't.
I'll be back tomorrow to tell you MOAR!