The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Explore more of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ than ever before! Drink Butterbeer™ at the Leaky Cauldron™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™ wand shop, escape from Gringotts™ bank with Harry, Hermione and Ron, and much more!
Plus you can travel between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ by riding the Hogwarts™ Express# between Kings Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida™ and Hogsmeade™ Station in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™!Find out more about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
If you’re staying at an on-site hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens, so we recommend heading for this section first before the general crowds hit!
This is the first place you’ll see at the park's main entrance. Head here for some of their most famous movie-themed rides!
Our top things to do in Production Central:
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem®: Where you can party with the Minions!
- TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D: 3D film + flight simulation = one seriously epic ride!
- Shrek 4-D: Join Shrek and Donkey for an exciting adventure
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®: Make your own music video on-board a roller coaster!
Take a trip to the Big Apple – both past and present – without leaving Orlando!
Our top things to do in New York:
- Revenge of the Mummy®: New York’s flagship attraction – and seriously terrifying!
- Blues Brothers® Show: Get ready to shake your tailfeather!
Originally designed as the set of a World’s Fair, this area blends Universal Studios’ past and future through its architecture, ambiance, and attractions.
Our top things to do in World Expo:
- MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™: Zap those pesky aliens on one of the park’s most popular rides!
- The Simpsons Ride™: Hang on tight as you crash your way through Krustyland!
- Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl: Take an intergalactic spin with the aliens from The Simpsons™
- Moe’s Tavern: Grab an authentic Duff Beer, especially brewed for Universal Orlando® Resort!
Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone
The area that’s dedicated to the little ones among us! If you’re visiting with small children, this is where they will want to be.
Our top things to do in Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone®:
- Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster®: A kid-sized roller coaster that’s fun for all ages!
- Animal Actors on Location®!: See the furriest stars of the movies in their own show
- A Day in the Park with Barney™: A sing-along, clap-along show with the big purple dinosaur himself.
- E.T. Adventure®: Take off on your flying bicycle with everyone’s favourite Extra-Terrestrial!
Always secretly fancied yourself as a movie star? Here you can bask in the glory of Tinseltown among recreations of some of Hollywood's greatest monuments!
Our top things to do in Hollywood:
- Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show: See what goes into – and oozes out of – some of Hollywood's strangest creatures.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Min Height: 51”/4ft3"/130cm
YOU choose the music on this epic nail-biting ride, with 6 near-miss moments and extra-special thrills like the world's first non-inverting loop!
Create your very own music video as you rock out & ride! The whole ride is recorded, ready for you to edit into a music video to take home or send to your friends (video available for purchase).
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Min Height: 40”/3ft4"/102cm
Join Gru, his daughters, and the mischievous Minions on an unpredictable 3-D ride: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™. Your journey starts in Gru's home, where you’re recruited for his latest scheme—one where you’ll become an actual Minion! But when things don’t go as planned, you’re launched into an unforgettable trip through his super-villain laboratory.
Gru, Margo, Edith, and Agnes race along with you through every twist and turn. The laughs keep coming after the ride with an interactive, Minion-inspired dance party. Take the floor and show off your best moves! It's heartwarming and humorous family fun for everyone!
The Simpsons Ride
Min Height: 40”/3ft4"/102cm
Careen and crash your way through Krustyland in the wild and hilarious The Simpsons Ride™!
Join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie as you pay a visit to Krustyland, the theme park created by famed TV personality and shameless product huckster Krusty the Clown. You’ll swoop and soar through all of Krusty’s crazy attractions and see many of your favourite characters from the TV series in this all-new animated adventure.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D
Min Height: 40”/3ft4"/102cm
If you’re serious about your thrill rides, this is definitely one for you. Get ready for action as ground-breaking 3D film combines with flight simulation technology to create one epic ride!
Fight alongside Optimus Prime and Bumblebee on the front lines of an intergalactic war between the Autobots and Decepticons. Will you manage to keep the Allspark from falling into enemy hands? And more importantly, will you get out alive?.....
Our Top Picks for Kids
Min Height: 34”/2ft10"/86cm
Based on one of the most popular movies ever made, this epic, heartwarming adventure is one of Universal Studios' most iconic attractions.
You must sneak E.T. through the woods, past the police and scientists who want to capture him. Then take off on-board your flying bicycle to soar over the city together, past the moon and across the stars, all the way to his magical planet!
MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
Min Height: 42”/3ft6"/107cm
As a trainee Men in Black™ agent, it's up to YOU to protect Earth from alien attack!
Zap aliens as you chase through the streets of New York in this high-tech, interactive ride. But be warned - these aliens zap back!
The ending depends on your score, so it’s never the same ride twice! Can you save Earth and be promoted to a fully-fledged MIB agent?
To find out about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ rides, see the Guide to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and the Guide to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Universal Studios Shows & Attractions: Our Top Picks
Halloween Horror Nights
Separately ticketed event
Catch Halloween Horror Nights® on select nights from mid-September to October!
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights brings together stories and visions from the world’s most notorious creators of horror. As the sun sets on days filled with thrills in all of Universal’s theme parks, the night awakens with a frightening chill in Universal Studios Florida™. From cinematic greats and crazed current cult favorites to the park’s original abominations. Make your way through terrifying haunted houses. Face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into sinister scare zones. Lose yourself in outrageous live shows. Then escape to some of Universal Studios’ most exhilarating attractions where heart pounding takes on a different meaning—until the horror calls you back.
Animal Actors On Location!
See some of the most talented stars from the movies and TV, performing in all their furred and feathered glory!
With a hilarious mix of video clips, live performances and audience interaction, this show is definitely more fun than is humanly possible!
Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-up Show
Go behind-the-scenes in this outrageous live show and get a glimpse at what goes into – and oozes out of – some of Hollywood's weirdest creatures.
Find out how the top make-up and special effects artists create some of the amazing effects you see in Hollywood's most legendary horror movies.
Restrictions: Parental Guidance is suggested for this show
Join the world’s favourite ogre and his trusty Donkey sidekick on an adventure that puts you in the story in-between "Shrek" and "Shrek 2".
Gallop through a haunted forest, ride on the back of a fire-breathing dragon and plunge over a churning waterfall as and Shrek and Donkey attempt to rescue Princess Fiona from a ghostly Lord Farquaad.
Kids can find out what it’s like to see the world through a mouse’s eyes on this outdoor playground that’s based on one of the best-loved mice of all time!
Run, jump, climb and bounce through Fievel's Playland, which is filled with oversized props from the films An American Tail and Fievel Goes West.
Universal Studios Restaurants
Select restaurants at Universal Studios Florida™ can be booked online at www.opentable.com – where you can also read reviews and choose your reservation time.
You can also make reservations while you’re at Universal Orlando™, by visiting one of the kiosks around the parks or popping into the restaurant itself.
Insider Tip: Grab a bite at Universal CityWalk!
Fancy taking a break from the theme park while you have your meal? Head to Universal CityWalk™, where you’ll find all kinds of fabulous eateries!
Lombard's Seafood Grille
Head here for fresh seafood dishes like bay shrimp cobb salad, fish and chips, New England clam chowder and more, along with sandwiches, salads, pasta and some lip-smacking desserts!
Finnegan’s Bar and Grill
A traditional Irish-themed pub serving imported and domestic draft beers, bangers and mash, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, potato and leek soup and more Irish fare.
Cafes & Casual Dining
Richter's Burger Co.
Choose your own cheeseburger toppings at the “fixins bar”, or go for a healthier option like grilled chicken salads and sandwiches.
A ‘50s drive-in style eaterie serving traditional American fare.
Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe
Their huge, thin, foldable pizzas are said to be the best New York pizzas you’ll find in Florida!
Tuck in among a decor of monster-movie memorabilia.
Louie's Italian Restaurant
A New York Bronx-style Italian restaurant serving fettuccini, spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs, gelato Italian ices and more.
Cafe La Bamba
At this Southwestern-style eaterie you’ll find ribs, chicken, buritos, tacos and salads. Stop by Carmen's Veranda for refreshments! (Open seasonally)
Beverly Hills Boulangerie
Pick up a sandwich, salad, soup, freshly baked pastry and more among the glamour of Tinseltown.
Coo off with delicious malts, ice cream floats, ice cream sundaes, banana splits and milkshakes.
Kid Zone Pizza Company
Kids always go crazy for pizza, right? But you’ll also find salads, chicken fingers, fruit cups and more, just in case….
…..Need we say more?
Ben and Jerry's
Everyone loves some Ben and Jerry’s, particularly in sunny Florida! And here you can have ice-creams, shakes, smoothies or sundaes!
Healthy Dining at Universal Studios Florida
Looking for something a bit healthier among the burgers, chips and pizza?
Many restaurants at Universal Studios Florida™ offer healthy side options for the adults’ and children’s meals, including trans-fat-free fries, side salad or fruit. For more info about healthy choices, pick up a theme park guides when you arrive.
Everything’s within walking distance
First of all – don’t worry about how you’ll get from Universal Studios Florida™ to Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ or to Universal CityWalk™ – they are all within walking distance of each other!
Don’t forget to take the Hogwarts Express!
As if you could! The Hogwarts™ Express# takes you between the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, and has a different journey experience each way – so it’s a good idea to travel one way on one day, and the opposite way another day!
Staying at one of Universal Orlando's on-site hotels?
You have a choice of transport to get from the hotels to the Universal Orlando™ theme parks and to Universal CityWalk™!
The hotels are within easy walking distance to the parks, but each hotel also has the option to take either a water taxi or a bus to Universal CityWalk™ (different hotels vary). From here it’s an easy walk to either Universal Orlando™ theme park.
Universal Studios Opening Times
Opening hours normally begin at 9am and closing times vary depending on the season
Universal Orlando Resort™ is open 365 days a year!
If you need to know times for a specific date, we recommend checking with the park just before you visit.
Parking at Universal Studios
*Except on Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Orlando Resort™ has an enclosed parking garage with travelators, escalators and lifts.
You are welcome to leave the car park and return the same day without paying again – just make sure you keep your parking ticket with you as you will need to show it at the toll plaza when you re-enter.
- All dining and shopping facilities at Universal Orlando Resort™ are wheelchair accessible.
- All queues are accessible to guests using manual wheelchairs (with the exception of Pteranodon Flyers™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™).
- On some rides and attractions, guests will be able to remain in their wheelchair. On others you may need to transfer to the ride vehicle seating.
- ECVs or electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the rides and attractions at Universal Orlando Resort™ because of their dramatic movements. Guests will be provided with a standard wheelchair for those rides that can accommodate them.
- Specific boarding requirements are listed at each attraction
- Outdoor stage shows have accessible viewing areas.
Deaf or hard of hearing
American Sign Language interpreting services are available on a daily basis at Universal Studios™ and Islands of Adventure at no charge. Please refer to the guide map for interpreted performances upon arriving at the resort.
Scripts outlining the dialogue in many of the attraction experiences are available in large font and embossed in Braille at the Guest Services lobby at both Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™.
Guests must remove all prosthetic limbs before riding the following attractions to prevent hazards or loss due to ride forces:
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®
Guests should properly secure or remove all prosthetic limbs before riding the following attractions to prevent hazards or loss due to ride forces:
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
Any guest with prosthetic arms or hands will be required to ensure the limb is properly attached and able to grasp the ride restraint. Certain hand, arm, leg, and joint elements may be required to ride safely.
How to get to Universal Studios Florida:
Address: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):
- Take I-4 West to exit 74B
- Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage
From I-4 Eastbound (Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):
- Take I-4 East to exit 75A
- Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage
From Orlando International Airport:
- Take SR-528 West 11 miles to I-4 East
- Take I-4 East 2 miles to exit 75A
- Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage
Facilities and services at Universal Studios™ include:
- First aid centres
- Child/baby swap areas
- Locker rental
- Nursing facilities & restrooms
- Kennel boarding
- Postal services
- Wheelchair and pushchair rental
What can I bring into Universal Studios?
Because there are many places to eat and drink at Universal Studios, bringing your own food is generally discouraged. However there are some items which you are allowed to bring into the park:
- Bottled water
- Baby food/baby formula
- Small snacks that do not require heating
- Any food required for special dietary needs
- Any food required for medical purposes and medically–indicated nutritional supplements
- Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5" wide x 6" high x 6" deep
- Alcohol and glass containers
- Food that requires heating or refrigeration
- Hard-sided coolers
- Soft-sided coolers measuring over 8.5" x 6" x 6"
- Coolers, suitcases or bags with wheels
- Folding chairs
- Clothing with offensive language or content
- Clothing that represents someone as emergency personnel
Please be advised that all bags and personal items are subject to inspection.
Universal Orlando Resort™ has 5 on-site hotels. Even if you’re planning to stay off-site for the majority of your holiday, it is worth booking into an on-site hotel for a night or two as on-site guests can enjoy exclusive benefits. Guests of all on-site hotels enjoy:
- Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required)
- Complimentary transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
- Resort-wide charging privileges with room key
- Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel.
Guests at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel®, or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel can also enjoy:
- FREE* Universal Express℠ Unlimited ride access to SKIP THE REGULAR QUEUES at participating rides and attractions in both theme parks (valid theme park admission required)
- Priority Seating at select Universal Orlando™ restaurants
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)
#Additional restrictions apply.
† Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida™ or Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ as determined by Universal Orlando and Universal’s Volcano Bay™. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.
*Requires theme park admission. Valid at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Pteranodon Flyers™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Excludes separately ticketed events. Benefit not valid for guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and Universal’s Aventura Hotel (Opening 2018) or for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice
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