VIDEO and PHOTOS of Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley Grand Opening

After months of waiting and weeks of previews, the Grand Opening of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley has arrived.  Beginning as early as 5:00 am this morning Muggles of all ages lined up at the entrance of Universal Studios Florida theme park for the chance to be one of the first admitted to the new land at 8:00 am.  It only took one hour after Diagon’s brick wall opened for the line for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts to exceed two hours.  Continue reading for Universal Orlando’s official photos of the Diagon Alley Grand Opening event.  If you don’t have ready access to a Portkey to get to Florida, check out our Insider’s Guide with tips and tricks for planning your trip to Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley Grand Opening

Universal Orlando Resort officially opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley July 8, 2014 at Universal Studios Florida. © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

From Universal Orlando’s Press Release

It’s the day millions of people around the world have been waiting for…

This morning, Universal Orlando Resort officially opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Confetti, fireworks and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members welcomed thousands of excited guests as they entered the all-new spectacularly-themed land for the very first time.

Diagon Alley Grand Opening

© 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Diagon Alley Grand Opening

© 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Diagon Alley Grand Opening

© 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley brings even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort.  This fully-immersive area expands upon the global phenomenon launched by Universal Orlando when it opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure in 2010.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is filled with incredible entertainment experiences for the whole family.  You arrive aboard the Hogwarts Express, which takes guests on a journey between the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and are transported into a spectacularly themed environment.  The new area includes incredible shops with windows full of magical surprises, authentic food and beverages, a towering dragon that breathes fire and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, a new attraction unlike any other that takes you on a mind-blowing ride through the Gringotts vaults – pulling you into an incredible adventure.

Can’t wait to bring your family to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley?  Just click on the Universal Orlando image below to contact our friends at Destinations in Florida Travel and start planning your visit to Universal Orlando Resort.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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