We had a bit of a wander in Hogsmeade, and I made sure to buy a couple of bottles of Pumpkin Juice (my favourite!) before we made a move towards the station to catch the Hogwarts Express.
We didn’t go on any rides here because sadly, this plus size gal doesn’t fit. Universal/IOA are not as plus size friendly as Disney are when it comes to their rides. Although I did go on Flight of The Hippogriff back in 2011 – I was a lot smaller then!
That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy time spent in Hogsmeade if you don’t go on the rides! You can grab a Butterbeer, pop into The Three Broomsticks for a bite to eat, buy some sweets in Honeydukes, and I’m pretty sure you can go inside Hogwarts and take a look, even if you’re not riding Forbidden Journey.
Not forgetting the other shops that you can pop into – Dervish and Banges, Filche’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, Ollivanders (where you can buy replica wands) and Owl Post where you can even post real mail and have it stamped with a Hogsmeade postmark which is pretty cool!
To travel between Hogsmeade (in Islands of Adventure) and Diagon Alley, via King’s Cross Station (in Universal Studios) you have to have bought a park-to-park ticket, so make sure you have that option when you purchase!
We went down into the station to catch the train! Once on the platform you have to wait for the train to pull into the station which is pretty cool, and then you board. I of course had my ECV which they were able to put on the train; and then Steve and I sat in one of the carriages. I won’t spoil it, but suffice to say it was nothing like I expected and I was mesmerised by the journey to King’s Cross!