Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

With all the hype surrounding the new Harry Potter theme park expansion at Universal Studios Orlando, it would have been odd not to include an easter egg or two. Turns out, one of those park teases is from the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. USA Today posted images from the theme park (you can see our extensive coverage here) and in one of them, a few of the creatures who are likely to appear in the film are on display. Check out the image below, and read about where the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie – written by J.K. Rowling herself – will shoot. Read More »

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Slug & Jiggers Apothecary

This is the fourth and final in our series of posts giving you a tour of Universal Orlando’s new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion. Part one took a look at the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Part two went into The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and Borgin and Burkes.  Part 3 took a look at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Magical Menagerie and Gringotts Bank.

Today we circle back to the entrance to Diagon Alley and visit Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment, Scribbulus, Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment, The Performance Stage, Gringotts Bank Notes, The Hopping Pot, Wands by Gregorovitch, Quality Quidditch, Bowman E Wright Blacksmith, Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio, Quality Quidditch Supplies and other storefronts.

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Pearl of Dubai

Dubai is the place where things you never thought were possible get built. First it was a real life robotic Jurassic Park, and now it has been announced Dubai will be home to the first underwater theme park. Reef Worlds, a Los Angeles-based reef developer, plans the underwater tourism site to look like an ancient abandoned lost city. Pearl of Dubai is being designed by some of the art team behind the 2009′s Avatar and the five Pirates of the Caribbean, although no specific key creatives have been mentioned by name.
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Gringotts Bank

Today I bring to you part 3 of our 4-part  in-depth tour of Universal Orlando’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion. I’m sorry its been split over 4 parts, but its taken some time to put all this info and photos together. Part one took a look at the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Part two went into The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and Borgin and Burkes.  Today we walk further down Diagon Alley and explore Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Magical Menagerie and Gringotts Bank.

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Knockturn Alley

Yesterday we published part one of our indepth tour of Universal Orlando’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion, giving you a preview of the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Today we walk further down the street, eating in The Leaky Cauldron, taking a dark arts turn down Knockturn Alley where we visited Borgin and Burkes. Hit the jump to continue our Diagon Alley tour.
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Diagon alley tour

So far I’ve written about the two new rides in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion: Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express, the amazing interactive wands that let anyone perform magic throughout the wizarding worlds,  and today I wanted to finally give you guys a virtual Diagon Alley tour, showing you around the new land in Universal Studios Orlando theme park.

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Diagon Alley Food and Drinks

When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened at Universal Orlando, fans went nuts over the real-life beverage adaptation of Butterbeer, and loved candy treats that had only previously been seen in the movies and books. (As invented, in fiction, by JK Rowling herself.) So what does the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion hold in terms of fun food and drink options? Lets take a look at our ten favorite Diagon Alley food options from the the exclusive preview event.

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wizarding world of harry potter interactive wands

So far I’ve written about the two new rides in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion: Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express. But one of the coolest additions to Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn’t a ride, store, food, drink or show — it is an experience. Since The Wizarding World first opened, some of the most popular items have been the magic wands park guests can purchase. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion has upgraded the wands to provide a magical experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Find out about the magic in Diagon Alley’s interactive wands after the jump.

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