Orlando: Hotel deal gives early entry to Harry Potter's Diagon Alley

Get into Harry Potter's Diagon Alley at Universal an hour earlier than everyone else with this hotel deal.

Diagon Alley opens Tuesday (today) as the latest feature in the Universal Orlando kingdom in Florida. For those who can't wait, Hilton Orlando offers a room and three-day park-to-park tickets that allow you to enter an hour earlier than everyone else — and the offer is good through mid-December.

The deal: Not everyone had to wait until Tuesday for the opening of Diagon Alley. Theme park visitors during the Fourth of July holiday weekend were treated to a "soft opening" of the stroll through London down the alley with Harry Potter shops and restaurants, and the new ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Hilton Orlando offers a hotel package that includes three-day passes for both parks, Universal Studios Florida where Diagon Alley is and Universal's Islands of Adventure where the Wizarding World is.

The unlimited three-day pass for both parks comes with 9 a.m. entry to the theme parks. Those who reserve for four nights or more and use the code "UNITRAVEL" receive $50 off the cost. This deal is available online only, and certain blackout dates apply.

When: The offer is good through Dec. 18, based on availability.

Tested: I penciled out this vacation package for two adults and two children 10 and younger staying four nights starting July 27. The price comes to $1,342, including the $50 discount but excluding tax and fees, or $335 per person.  

Three-day park-to-park passes usually cost $174 for children and $185 for adults. In a look at Universal's ticketing website, none of the passes appears to offer early admission, so that's a perk reserved for package buyers. Room price comes out to about $155 a night on the dates I checked.

Other hotels offer similar packages too. Check out those offers on Universal Orlando's website.

Info: Hilton Orlando, Universal Orlando Vacation Package

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