Fun, New Facts about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Fun, New Facts about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

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I consider myself a true Harry Potter fan. I’ve read all the books (multiple times), cherish all the films and have been known to sport a burgundy and gold lanyard around the office (go Gryffindor!). You can imagine my excitement when a few months after grand opening, we’re sharing some new stats about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Check out these golden nuggets…or shall I say Galleons!

Entrance to Diagon Alley

Number of bricks in the entrance to Diagon Alley: 7,456 bricks – and together, the bricks weigh more than 37,000 pounds!



Number of times the Gringotts dragon has breathed fire: The Ukrainian Ironbelly has breathed fire more than 15,000 times since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley officially opened.


Dragon Fire

Temperature of the dragon’s fire: 3,560 degrees Fahrenheit (1,960 degrees Celsius). That’s more than 16 times hotter than boiling water!



Number of crystals in the chandeliers within the lobby of Gringotts bank: The four chandeliers include nearly 62,000 crystals.


Magical Menagerie

Number of mythical creature species inside the Magical Menagerie: 13 different types of creatures, including Kneazles (like the one in the photo), Demiguises and Graphorns.


Hogwarts Express

Number of passengers who travelled aboard the Hogwarts Express: More than 5 million guests have travelled aboard the Hogwarts Express since Diagon Alley officially opened.

What’s your favorite memory to date from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley? Join the conversation and tell us by using #DiagonAlley in your next post!

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  1. Diana Bella

    Let me tell you there is nothing more fun than watching the faces of grandkids enjoying the trip on the Hogwarts Express..Great Big Thank You to Universal!!

  2. Angie

    We’re traveling to Orlando in late June with our daughters (9 & 11). This is their first time at Universal and my husband and I have not been there since 2008. I know a lot has changed and I’d like to know quick tips for us to go straight to main attractions instead of wasting time looking in the map and wondering where to go. Thanks!!

    • David Brooks

      Absolute rule #1 (do not doubt this). You must stay at Portofino, Royal Pacific, or Hard Rock hotels. They are not cheap, but this gets you in an hour early (and plan to arrive an hour before that so you can dash to the back where the Harry Potter sections are. They start letting people with early entry in even before the published time depending on the day). Assuming you are staying at one these three hotels, you get an Express Pass for almost all rides and that doubles or triples the value of your park ticket. The Express Pass does not include one of the two big Harry Potter rides (sorry, all I remember is it’s the one where you ride the brooms), so hit it first. Gringott’s is spectacular–plan on hitting that first the next day. Even with early entry you may have to wait an hour to start the ride. Later in the day, forget it.

      I also am a fan of their Universal’s food package–It was something like $20 per person per day, but it is worth it.

      • Brian

        I totally agree with David. We have been to Universal 4 times in the past 2 1/2 years (from Ohio) and stayed on property each time. We stayed at the Portofino the first time and the Hard Rock each time since. We LOVE the Hard Rock hotel. Getting in an hour early is so important when visiting the Harry Potter lands. We would usually leave our hotel 30 minutes before they open the gates to get in line (yes, there is a line for early entry). Once the gates open, you don’t need to know where you are going, just follow the crowd because the Harry Potter attractions are the only things open at that time and they are the thing that everyone is rushing to. Once you are done there, the express passes let you enjoy everything else you would want to do with little wait. We would usually head back to the hotel (again, just a short walk along a beautiful path) in the afternoon when the temperature was at it hottest and relax in the AC before returning to the parks in the evening. One other thing, you must have the park-to-park ticket to be able to ride Hogwarts Express. Have a great time!

    • Kathy M.

      We stayed at Cabana Bay last Aug and LOVED it. You get the hour early entrance but not the express pass. We were okay with that since it was our second trip there and nothing in the Harry Potter areas get express passes. The hour early entrance did not work too well for us, we waited in line to just get into Diagonal Alley then 2.5 hours more to get in the Gringott ride! Everyday the lines were that long but our early entrance actually added an additional wait for us. It was very new last summer, hopefully lines will be better this year as we plan on returning in Aug again because we had such a great vacation last year. Cabana Bay was so much fun to stay at. Being from PA and spending vacations at the Jersey Shore as a child…this resort brought back all those 70’s memories. We will stay nowhere else. Attention to detail was amazing right down to the Zest soap and VO5 shampoo!! Love Universal parks.

    • Brian

      The Universal Orlando smart phone app will be your best friend! You’d be surprised how a line can drop in wait time through the day, so make sure to always check your app after every ride you ride! Also, if you plan on riding minion mayhem, get there as early as possible.

    • Libby

      Download the app! There’s a map, wait times for rides, it’s got everything you need! I wouldn’t recommend the express pass since some of the excitement (especially in anything Harry Potter related) is in the line. I always stay at the cabana bay, which gets you the benefit of going in a hour early like the more expensive resorts but it’s much more ‘family friendly’ in my opinion.

  3. mik

    Oh if you can make it during your life time i suggest you do its so beatiful it was so cool when the dragon belches fire. I loved how Knockturn alley want into the whole Diagon alley. it fed into that section. You have moody secrecy sensors you have so many small details like spiders crawling on the wall of Knockturn alley Bellatrix on one wall Sirus Black in the Leaky Cualdron. The food was okay I liked the shepards pie better not the toads in the hole.

    Butterbeer was excellent in the Leaky Cualdron though the mug is different. Oh what else the ice cream was except I think the one with chile powder.

    • john miller

      I was for the last 2 years a Florida resident and had a universal passs i find that the did a better job with hogsmeade than they did with diagon alley. they could have made diagon just a little wider. But florean fortiscues ice cream parlor is the best place to get ice cream hands down. and if you do get ice cream there i reccomend the butterbeer ice-cream in a waffle cone. it is amazing.

  4. Brian K Frutchey

    I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before there were any signs that Diagon Alley was even going to be built. I overheard people talking about Quidditch being played by Muggles. I researched it and discovered it had been made into a real game and I went to World Cup 7 in Myrtle Beach SC, but back to Diagon Alley when I was leaving the park i was stopped by a Universal Employee and was asked for my opinion and I mentioned how it would be “neat” if people could exchange dollars for Galleons, and now people can, and I would like to think I had something to do with that.

    Now, I have another idea. I live in Panama City Beach FL area. There is a lot of commercial property for sale here and I think Universal could do a type of expansion that has never been done before in theme park history: Build resort hotels far away from the main theme park for those fans of Harry Potter to further immerse themselves in the story; copies of the buildings on Privet Drive, the beach house where Dolby is buried, Serrius Black’s house, etc… Using today’s technology, wands could be programed to open the doors for guests when they cast a spell on the door to their temporary dwelling. I have several other ideas but I’m not going to tell them at this time.

    • mik

      But will people come but I do like your idea! and maybe have the lake you can walk in the lake or if your scuba certified swim scuba diving in the lake

  5. gramma smith

    My husband and I are 30 of those 5 million and my Grandkids are another 96!
    I am a Harry Potter nut! I want a room in the castle!
    My husband bought me the Ravenclaw Diadem last time we were there, and I met Mell an employee in the Olivander Wand Shop. She actually knows the first and third books page by page!
    I can hardly wait to go back! we are going in June, but I hope to go before than!
    How many wand boxes are in the shop in Diagon Alley?

    • mik

      I was there I dont know but wasnt it magical to go in there and have someone buy a wand!?!?

  6. Angela

    We just went in April 2015. We had been there in 2011 to see the first park, but Diagon Alley is SPECTACULAR! Butter beer is better in England, but I have to say they have done a great job on details. Remember to pick up the phone in the English phone booth outside of King’s Cross station. I heard a rumor that you can hear Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom close to Kings Cross. For Potterheads… this is one step closer to being there. I agree with Brian, who suggested that a separate place to stay be developed. I would go one step further and have classes and experiences like Hogwarts.

    • mik

      How is it different in England??? I notice isnt too good. but other stuff is. YEP no its in the bathrooms now they have it in both the female and male bathrooms. Every couple of minutes they have the sound of Moaning Myrtle

  7. Corey

    Walking into Diagon Alley for the first time, walking through the Hogwarts and Gringotts setups, eating at the three broomsticks and the leaky cauldron, getting picked to participate in ollivanders, and riding on the hogwarts express. It was literally the most magical time of my life. The experience will never be forgotten. I was so overwhelmed wth happiness that I cried, no shameeee!

  8. Alexa

    I cant wait to go soon to Universal! All of my friends have gone and said that it was wonderful!

  9. Connie

    The ice cream at Fortescues!!!! In three days I managed to try almost every flavor of the scoops and the soft serve butterbeer and it was AMAZING!!!!

  10. Richard Green

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was amazing!… My family enjoyed all the intricate details, and how life like it was. Hogsmeade and Hogworts where great

  11. Ray mahlberg

    Hello I am a very happy satisfied season ticket holder. Unfortunately I am FAT (it is the truth)
    I desperately want to ride the Harry Potter rides at Universal and Islands of adventure. You have many fat guests that can not fit in the seat. I understand the safety rules. Is it possible to modify just one seat to acominate fat people.
    Please try you will make a lot of your guests happy. We pay for the full experience and go home disappointed. I can ride the dragon challenge.
    Thank you
    Ray Mahlberg

  12. Jennie Carver

    I went to the original but I cannot wait to go see it again this summer! I stayed at Hard Rock last time but was not impressed…..which of the other two do you recommend?

    • Kathy Perhach

      Hi Jennie, Don’t know if you booked your hotel yet, but I suggest Cabana Bay. It’s an off-site hotel, but they bus you directly to the park entrance. It’s the newest of Universal’s hotels, least expensive, cleanest and the pool area is very fun. It does not include an Express Pass, but you can get in an hour early, and I’ve never really had a problem with lines. I guess it depends on when you go. Have fun, and Happy Harrying!!! Kathy

  13. Leslie

    I love the looks on peoples faces as they watch me cast spells in Diagon Ally with my magic wand. I am one of the oldest Harry Potter fans…63 years young.. LOL. I have a season pass so get to go every couple of weeks and never get board. On your next visit try the Hot Butter Beer.. OMG.. even in the Florida heat it is worth it. YUMMMM.

    • Kathy Perhach

      Hi Leslie, I’m 63, too, and couldn’t love Harry more! In fact I KNOW I love him more than many of the “youngsters” that go to the park! Hey! Harry must have had 2 grandmas even though he never got to know them, right? Kathy

      • Delores Hardin

        Hey, kids! I am 69 next month and plan to go back for my birthday. My three favorite things are using my wand in Diagon Ally, having a beer while watching Celestina, and riding the Hogwarts Express.

  14. Brittany

    My most favorite memory of Diagon Alley is watching my friends who have season passes go on the Hogwarts Express while I watch on in sorrow because I only have day passes.

  15. Ines Flores

    Hearing Harry Potter’s voice and steps outside of our cabin while we were in the Hogwarts Express.

  16. Courtney H.

    I’ve been to Universal twice. Once last year for the first time in February and just this past March with my whole family. We stayed at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort which we were in love with. Loved the pools and lazy river and the gym was much nicer then any other gyms I’ve seen in hotels. The lawn movies were a bonus though we never actually got to watch them. But we didn’t utilize the hour early to the park but still got to ride all the Harry Potter rides. The longest wait was for Gringotts which was only because they had a malfunction they had to fix. It was about a 30 minute wait. I’d prefer there to be less people there but we had to go during one of the busier times because of Spring Break. As long as you have a bit of patience and don’t go when the parks are at their peak seasons there’s really no reason to get the Express Pass or stay in the very expensive on site hotels. My sister and I were the most excited for the Harry Potter World being that we grew up with the books, I being exactly 11 when I read the first book. We’re 29 and 25 now and absolutely loved every minute of this magical place. Can’t wait to go back and enjoy being a kid once more.

  17. Krissy

    Traveling to Universal next week and I simply cannot wait to hit Harry Potter World with my best friend of 43 years. It’s sure to be a trip that will make us both smile!

  18. Janet Westing

    Every time I go to work in Madam Malkin’s Robe Shop- It is the best place anywhere- I get to see the PURE and overwhelming joy of the Potter fans when they first come through the wall- Imagine stepping into a place that is pure fantasy but you want so badly to be there and then to make the Fantasy a reality is everything you hoped for- Also watching the Muggles.

  19. Lorie J Floener

    I am 55 and very ill. The first time I went was 10 years ago. It was Amazing. I loved it. I got mobile carts because I have trouble walking. It was the only vacation I ever had. Thank You, everyone was so NICE! they helped me through lines, took me out back ways. Once a person was walking through the back ways and hit me with a door and knocked me down. Your people were so nice & even bought me a lunch and made sure I was ok. I felt just like a child when there, Full Of Joy every moment. I am still alive and If Ever I can find a way to afford it. I will be back, I hope for a whole week-end, overnight, room service, pampering… I can dream… One day I may get to come back, but if I never do, thanks for one of the best times of my whole life, (Even with my children, lol)
    Sincerely, Lorie J Floener

    • Lorie J Floener

      Harry Potter, World, looks SPECTACULAR****

  20. Paola

    The music from the movies everywhere, the mirror that shouted at me to fix my shirt, jumping in surprise the first time i heard the dragon growl and spit fire, and crying all the way in the Forbidden Journey because it was so perfect. I went there twice with my parents and sister, January 2012 and January 2015, because it’s summer holidays in my country (and we liked it because there are very few people).

  21. kathy

    Just got back and already planning our next trip to Cabana Bay Beach Resort. We had a blast! If you are a hamburger fan don’t miss out on Cowfish restaurant in City Walk.

  22. Julia

    We were there last summer and stayed at Cabana Bay. Loved Cabana bay, and was in awe of Harry Potter. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and spent one afternoon just walking around and taking in all of the small details.

  23. cj martin

    I have to say that the food in Diagon Alley is some of the best I have ever had, and exceptional for an amusement park! I look forward to it every trip!