Winter Travel Special: Universal Orlando Resort Reveals The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
By Tiffany Forte
This summer Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment are partnering up to launch 2014’s most anticipated new theme park experience. Harry Potter’s wonderland and adventures are brought to life in a new expansive area, which will feature The Hogwarts Express ride, spectacular shops, dining and more.
After climbing aboard the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade, moments later you arrive at King’s Cross Station where the wonders of London and Diagon Alley unfold before your eyes. This themed environment will double the area already allotted to Harry Potter’s adventures at Universal Orlando across both Universal theme parks.
First, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park in 2010. Located there is the iconic Hogswart castle, which houses the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction, and the village of Hogsmeade. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be located within Universal Orlando’s second theme park, Universal Studios.
Hoping for authenticity? You’ve got it, because Universal’s creative team has been working closely with Stuart Craig and the production team from the Harry Potter films to make the new area as spectacular and life-like as possible. This is the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience.
After arriving at King’s Cross Station aboard Hogwarts Express, guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley, a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city. Much anticipated is the new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults.
Some attractions include witnessing the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, one of the wizarding world’s premier wand shops. Other shops include Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, which will feature wizard clothes from Hogwarts school uniform ties, scarves and jumpers to authentic wizard ropes and character costumes. Plus, enjoy British fare that includes favorite dishes like fish and chips and bangers and mash from the Leaky Cauldron restaurant. Eat up!
For more information, visit universalorlando.com/harrypotter.