This article is your complete guide to Knockturn Alley in Universal Studios Florida! Because here at The Park Prodigy, we understand just how exciting it can be to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time. Universal did such an amazing job bringing the details of the books and the movies to life, and that’s especially true with the hidden Universal Orlando area Knockturn Alley. Although it’s more of a walkthrough attraction, this hidden area is designed to replicate the infamous dark and mysterious alley from the Harry Potter franchise and offers guests the opportunity to shop at the famous Borgin and Burkes shop and cast secret interactive spells.
It’s by far one of our favorite parts of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, and something we believe every family visiting Universal Orlando should visit. We hope you find this post helpful! Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time and money on your next Universal Orlando vacation! If you are planning a trip to Universal Orlando be sure to check out the latest deals on Universal Orlando vacation packages and our discounted Universal Orlando tickets which include EARLY PARK ADMISSION to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
So if you’re ready to learn all about Knockturn Alley at Universal Studios Florida read on!
Let’s start this guide with the most important question on the topic which is, what is Knockturn Alley in Universal Studios? Knockturn Alley at Universal Studios is a themed area found within the Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios Florida. It has been themed after the dark and ominous alley from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter books and movies. This hidden area is considered more of a walkthrough attraction as it doesn’t in fact have any of the Harry Potter rides, but instead has some of the famous shops and offers different immersive experiences from the Harry Potter franchise such as being able to cast spells with your Universal Harry Potter wand.
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The biggest difference is that Knockturn Alley is a hidden area located within the Diagon Alley section of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Based on the books and the movies, Diagon Alley is a vibrant and bustling wizarding shopping district where guests can enjoy the popular ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, shop for their favorite Wizarding World merchandise, and enjoy some authentic British Fare. Knockturn Alley, on the other hand, is based on the dark, underground wizarding alley from the Harry Potter universe. It is designed to be a more ominous and creepy environment, with a shop selling Dark Arts artifacts, such as cursed objects.
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The next most important question on the list is, where is Knockturn Alley at Universal Orlando? And Knockturn alley is located in the Diagon Alley section of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside of Universal Studios Florida. There are two entrances once you enter Diagon Alley with the first being a few feet after you walk into your left right next to the Leaky Cauldron Restaurant. The second entrance to Knockturn Alley can be found after you walk all the way up Diagon Alley and make a left once you hit the fire-breathing dragon located above Gringotts Bank. Once you turn left you will see a dark sinister-looking alleyway which will lead you right towards Knockturn Alley.
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The one main shop that can be found in Knockturn Alley is Borgin and Burkes which is an exact replica of the dark arts shop found directly in the books and the movies. It’s really one of the things that we love about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as each store within the Wizarding World offers unique items, souvenirs, and experiences, that are designed to fit that specific theme of the book and movie. Borgin and Burkes is geared towards the dark arts and allows guests to shop for some of their favorite dark arts merchandise including Harry Potter shirts, notebooks, keychains, and other cursed items that one might expect a Death Eater to wear.
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As discussed some of the coolest experiences in Knockturn alley are for guests who have upgraded and purchased an interactive Harry Potter wand for their Universal Orlando trip. To start, there are a few interactive wand locations located inside of Knockturn Alley which are some of our favorite spell locations within both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Not only that but some guests might not even realize that there are even more hidden spell locations that can be found on the spell map provided by Universal Orlando, and the only way to see these hidden locations is to use the black lights found in Knockturn Alley. So, as you can see Knockturn Alley is simply a must-visit especially if you have plans of taking full advantage of everything the interactive wand experience has to offer!
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This is another very popular question we receive when describing Knockturn Alley to our clients, and that is how scary is Knockturn Alley? And in general, the atmosphere in Knockturn Alley is themed to be dark and suspenseful just like in the Harry Potter books and movies. And although it is darker than other areas of the park, it’s not meant to be scary, and there will absolutely be no one jumping out of hidden corners during your visit. Of course, guests who do feel overwhelmed or frightened can be sure to go to the nearest exit or just look for a Universal Orlando team member for assistance.
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One of our favorite times to visit Knockturn Alley at Universal Studios Florida has always been during early park admission or as soon as the parks open. One of the main reasons is that Knockturn Alley can become very busy later on in the day, especially during the hot Florida summers. So we typically like to enjoy this section of Diagon Alley as early in the morning as possible, especially when trying to get the most out of your interactive wand as there will be very little wait for the spell locations. Overall we also find this to be the perfect time for families looking to grab the perfect photos from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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