Stars from the series of Harry Potter films gathered at Universal Orlando for a red carpet preview of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, and announced the new land at Universal Studios Florida theme park will open July 8, 2014. Of course, Diagon Alley is one of the iconic settings from J.K. Rowling’s stories where Harry Potter caught his first glimpse of the Wizarding World. Like Harry, Muggles can now enter through the Leaky Cauldron, get their first wand at Ollivanders, tour the vaults of Gringotts Bank, and ride the Hogwarts Express to the school of witchcraft and wizardry. We attended Universal Orlando’s media preview of the new land, and you can find links to our updates with more details in the posts below.
The two main attractions for Diagon Alley are the Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, both hi-tech, ground breaking rides. Click here for detailed look at how Diagon Alley’s signature attractions bring the fire… and ice.
Universal’s creative team was meticulous and recreated the Hogwarts Express locomotive and passenger cabins in astounding painstaking detail. No less remarkable are the effects used during the train journey. Click here to hop aboard and watch the full roundtrip expedition via our multi-angle VIDEO.
A wand choosing a wizard is one of the signature experiences in Universal’s Wizarding World, and Ollivanders wand shop is back in its rightful place in Diagon Alley, 3X the size of the Hogsmeade shop. Click here for photos and video of Ollivanders at Diagon Alley.
With Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando did not set out to create just a ride or two, but, instead, immerse visitors into a living, breathing, working community of wizards plucked from J.K. Rowling’s imagination. The shows and character interaction are crucial to achieving that vision. Click here for a rundown of the rich and varied entertainment that brings Diagon Alley to life.
For more pictures in and around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, check out the gallery below. Note: the photo gallery requires Flash Player, click here to view all the photos of Diagon Alley if your device is not Flash equipped.
Photos and VIDEO from the red carpet premiere of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.
Scene of the London Facade of Diagon Alley as night falls prior to the “opening moment”
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