How to Make Use of Your Muggle Money in Universal Studios Using the Gringotts Money Exchange
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a truly immersive world that lets Wizards and Witches live out their dreams. There are so many unique experiences to explore, including the Gringotts Money Exchange! Money that you can actually use IN THE WIZARD WORLD! (DISCLAIMER: Yes, they will take your Muggle Money, but this is WAY more fun, right?)
Gringotts Money Exchange
First things first, you need to head to Gringotts, which is located in Diagon Alley. Diagon Alley is located in the back of Universal Studios Florida. (Hogwarts and Hogsmeade are located in Islands of Adventure.)
Now, you might think that you head toward the giant, fire-breathing dragon to find the Exchange, but no. That’s the home of the ride “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.” Instead, as you head towards Gringotts, you turn right down another alley. This is where you will find the Gringotts Money Exchange. Look out for it, because it’s easy to miss. WHen you see a window with scales and gold bars, you’ve arrived!
Greet the Goblins!
You will encounter a Goblin (real? Animatronic? Who can really tell?!). Ask him a question, any question, and see what he has to say!!
PROTIP: Speak LOUD and CLEAR or the Goblin may not hear you!
You will then step up to a teller and exchange your Muggle Money in denominations of $10 and $20.
How to Use the Gringotts Bank Notes
So you exchanged your currency, now what? You can use these bank notes for purchases within Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and at select locations around Universal Studios Resort. This is a great way to give the kids spending money so they can get their wands at Ollivanders, or their chocolate frogs, even their own Butterbeer!
If you don’t use it all, you can simply exchange it back to Muggle Money by visiting Guest Services at either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure. You could also just keep it as a unique souvenir! Great for scrapbooks or for kids to take for Show & Tell! Or you could also just keep it for your next visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
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