If you are thinking of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort you need to know what each park offers so that you can decide how to plan your vacation.
There are two Harry Potter-themed lands at the Universal Orlando Resort based on locations from the books/movies: Diagon Alley, located at Universal Studios park Hogsmeade, located at Islands of Adventure.
Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so let’s compare them category by category and see which one stands out as the best.
They both have really tasty food, and over the years they have definitely improved their vegetarian and vegan options.
Snacks and Drinks in Wizarding World
The Hogshead in Hogsmeade, is much better than the pub in Diagon Alley, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, given that it’s a place we’ve actually seen in the Harry Potter movies.
Best Shopping in the Harry Potter Parks
Hogsmeade Hogsmeade features a number of stores based on Harry Potter movies and books.
Again, I’d say Diagon Alley takes the lead here. There are twice as many stores at Diagon Alley each themed after stores from the movies and books.
Hogsmeade The highlight of Hogsmeade is Hogwarts Castle. It dominates the skyline and can be seen for miles around. It is spectacularly imposing.
Comparatively, there is a lot more to explore in Diagon Alley. There are more restaurants and stores that are based on the Harry Potter books and movies.