-Begin at Diagon Alley which is in Universal Studios – enter Universal Studios and take Rodeo Drive (on the right) to make it to Diagon Alley (it’s a quicker route).
Snap a photo at The Knights Bus and step inside the phone box and place a call to the ministry of magic – dial MAGIC (62442)
-Enter Diagon Alley and head straight to Gringotts Bank – it’s hard to resist all the shops and wandering off but I promise you the first thing you need to do is go to Gringotts Bank and ride the Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts before the lines get too long.
-After the ride exit Diagon Alley and go to King Cross Station to take the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade (don’t worry you will return to Diagon Alley in the afternoon to explore!) – be sure to snap a video at Platform 9 3/4!
-Upon arrival at Hogsmeade then head to Hogwarts and ride Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey, I will note that once we arrived we were actually a bit hungry since we woke up so early that we grabbed a bite to eat at Three Broomsticks. This ended up being a blessing in disguise because we beat the entire lunch crowd! We enjoyed some yummy fish n chips and butterbeer!
-After Hogwarts based on the wait times take a ride on The Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge. For the Dragon Challenge we sat first row, which meant a little bit longer wait time, but it was totally worth it! Such a fun a ride and definitely not for the faint of heart.
-Now that you have been on all the rides it’s time to enjoy Hogsmeade – stroll around, snap photos, drink lots of butterbeer, and checkout the shops! At Hogsmeade there is Ollivanders and Owl Post, Dervish and Bangers, Filch’s Emporium, and Honeydukes.
-Once you have thoroughly explored Hogsmeade take the Hogwarts Express back to Diagon Alley.
-Check out the shops at Diagon Alley – I saved all my shopping for the end of the day at Diagon Alley (mostly because I didn’t want to be carrying stuff around all day).
-Be sure to head down Knockturn Alley and checkout Borgin and Burkes all the other Death Eater shops! Grab a bite to eat at Leaky Cauldron and yummy ice-cream at Florean Fortescues Ice Cream Parlour.