Universal Orlando has promised a webcast on January 23, 2014, where they will reveal more information about its amazing, new expansion “Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley” which is planned to open sometime this year in its Universal Studios Florida theme park.
If you know anything about the Harry Potter books, and films then you know that this latest Potter attraction comes from fictional scenes of Diagon Alley and London. Diagon Alley is a cobbled wizarding alley and shopping area where the wizards of London are hidden from the Muggle world. Its location in behind a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. Inside the alley is a variety of restaurants, shops, and other sights. Diagon Alley will also include a London waterfront area with Knight Bus parked out front, working Hogwarts Express train connecting Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, and Gringott’s Bank ride.
Park guests are in for a surprise as the new attraction will be located in the Universal Studios section of the theme park, while the existing “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is located in Universal Islands of Adventure.
Universal’s Islands of Adventures is where the first “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” was created, within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It takes riders on a journey through Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. “Dragon Challenge”, a pair of inverted roller coasters, and “Flight of the Hippogriff”, a family roller coaster, are two other rides with the area. There is also a re-creation of Hogsmeade containing many gift shops and restaurants from the series of Harry Potter books including “Dervish and Banges”, “Honeydukes”, “Ollivanders”, “Zonko’s Joke Shop”, “The Three Broomsticks” and “The Hog’s Head”..
“The Hogwarts Express”, a new black and red train, which has been brought in piece by piece, will connect the two parks. Universal is hoping this will persuade visitors to buy a two-park pass so they can explore both sections.
“You have these two great parks. Now you have an opportunity to go from one park to another in a one-story experience,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “You go to Universal Studios Florida, you can get on at “Diagon Alley”, ride the Hogwarts Express and take it over to Islands of Adventure, the Wizarding World, Hogsmeade, an unbelievable opportunity.” Woodbury noted the train will run both directions between the two parks.
Universal Orlando hasn’t stopped with the “Diagon Alley” adventure either. It has already begun a major transformation of Universal’s CityWalk. With a 1,800-room resort and eight new restaurants involved, this promises to be a very exciting year at Universal! We will give you all the updates as we get them, because it’s always best to “Know Before You Go!”
Customer Experience Specialist – Know Before You Go, Inc.