I’m in Orlando covering the media happenings this week at Universal Orlando resort. This morning at the “State of the Universe” press conference, Universal heads and Harry Potter film co-stars were on hand to announce The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley opening date. Learn more after the jump.
The expansion will open on July 8th 2014. Universal has been promoting a Summer 2014 opening for a while now and I’ve heard the date had been pushed back to get things right. I will be getting a preview of the new theme park land tonight and we’ll be getting a full tour tomorrow. So check back for photos, videos and first impressions. Below you can read the official press release and see the first video of the Hogwarts Express in motion.
Harry Potter Diagon Alley Opening Date Press Release
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley To Officially Open On July 8 At Universal Orlando Resort
Today, Universal Orlando Resort announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will officially open on July 8 – allowing guests to experience even more of Harry Potter’s adventures in an all-new, magnificently-themed environment.
Located in the Universal Studios Florida theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will feature shops, dining experiences and the next generation thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. The new immersive area will double the size of the sweeping land already found at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, expanding the spectacularly themed environment across both Universal theme parks.
Guests will enjoy new experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films. They will see the Knight Bus as they stroll through London, walk the streets of Diagon Alley and explore iconic shops like Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, dine in the Leaky Cauldron, embark on a thrilling adventure through the Gringotts bank vaults – and much more.
Guests will also be able to board the Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between London and Hogsmeade.
Vacation packages to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Universal Orlando Resort are available now. For additional information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/WizardingWorld.