The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (in Carkitt Market)
Two-sentence insider summary
This kiosk allows guests to mail their Wizarding World purchases back to their homes in some pretty handsome packaging that is also (lightly) customizable. There are a lot of restrictions to keep in mind here, though: addresses must be in the US; only Harry Potter-related items can be shipped; and, even then, not all of the associated items are eligible – food, brooms, and walking sticks don’t make the owl cut.
Again, Owl Post is just a kiosk, meaning that there is no retail space for guests to walk into. That, however, doesn’t mean that there isn’t any theming to admire – there is a side window filled to the brim with display packages and other assorted wizarding props, including postcards of Hogsmeade (whoa – meta) that are tucked in among the stacks of goods. The new “shop,” in other words, is just as meticulously detailed as everything else in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Although the Owl Post is primarily intended for the shipping of the wizarding merchandise that you’ve already purchased at all of the other myriad, wonderful stores in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, there are still a few other items that you can pick up – and mail! – at the new shop, such as postcard packs and Christmas ornaments.
And there’s even a selection of offerings, of sorts, with the mail service, as well. There are two different levels of packaging to send your bundles of joy home in: basic, which includes different (Hogwarts house) colored twine and stamps, and “deluxe,” which includes wax paper and a seal. The cost starts at $20 and progresses up to $25.
Owl Post vs. Owl Post
The arrival of the brand-new Diagon Alley Owl Post has actually made an impact on Hogsmeade’s decade-old Owl Post, as well – in addition to sharing a name, they both also share the basic services of wrapping and shipping your merchandise (the original location just started doing this when its counterpart arrived on the scene). But the Hogsmeade version still features its original offerings, as well, including correspondence materials (from stationery to stamps) and its special mail service of stamping postcards and envelopes with a special Hogsmeade postmark (something which kids love seeing in their mailboxes back home).
OI fun fact #1
Don’t remember Owl Post being here the last time you swung by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley? That’s because it wasn’t!
Before this newest addition to Harry’s wondrous world was added in December 2018, it was simply a fake storefront; called – what else? – the Owl Post, it featured a faux door instead of the window where customers can now interact with the team members. Interestingly enough, the side window that shows off all the beautiful packaging has been left mostly untouched.
OI fun fact #2
Did you leave the Wizarding World and forget to mail your goodies back home? Worry not! The Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe over at the front of Islands of Adventure can provide the same “Owl Post Packaging Services” to you.