THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY coming to Universal Orlando Resort

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This is a developing story…

Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

View/download the full resolution version of the concept art by clicking here.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project.  The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.

Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.  The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.

And – just like in the books and films – guests will be able to travel between ‘London’ and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogwarts Express.

Work on the new area is already underway.  When complete, it will feature shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the fiction and films.

More details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be released over time.

To bring Diagon Alley and ‘London’ to life, Universal’s creative team is working closely with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films – just as it did for Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.

“I’m so pleased that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proved so popular to date, and I’m sure that the attention to detail in creating the new Diagon Alley area will make this an even better experience,” said J.K. Rowling.

“We are continuing the journey and adding an entirely new level of adventure,” said Tom Williams, Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts.  “And we are bringing the same drive, commitment, enthusiasm and innovation to this project as we did to the first.”

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley apartments.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley apartments.

“We are thrilled to offer the legions of fans the opportunity to embark on this new journey and experience Diagon Alley as it was brought to life in the books and films,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

“Our vision is to create two amazing theme park experiences that combine into one, complete, magical journey,” said Alice Norsworthy, executive vice president, marketing and sales for Universal Orlando Resort.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in June 2010 as a fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment – bringing to life the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and the blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros.  Since that time, it has become a global phenomenon, entertaining millions of people from around the world.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley waterfront.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley waterfront.

Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are swept into the adventures of Harry Potter.  They can tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine at the Three Broomsticks.  They can soar above Hogwarts with Harry, be chosen by a wand at Ollivanders, sample Butterbeer and much more.

 

UPDATE: Universal sent out an email “invitation” further confirming Iconic Diagon Alley shops, an immersive themed restaurant, and an innovative new attraction based on Gringotts bank. The invitation also confirms that a Park-to-Park admission ticket will be required to ride the Hogwarts Express between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure…

Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley invitation.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley invitation.

 

About the Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. Each of the seven books by author J.K. Rowling has broken sales records, with the series to date having sold over 450 million copies worldwide and translated into more than 70 languages.  The Harry Potter films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $7.7 billion to date worldwide at the box office, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

 

This is all the news for today, May 8, but we have so much more to share. As the Sorting Hat says at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, “Your journey is about to begin…” Visit our Harry Potter expansion at USF page to continue your exploration

Taylor Strickland Taylor Strickland is the Owner & Editor at Orlando Informer, the internationally awarded independent resource for guests visiting Orlando. In this position, he leads the website's overall direction and day-to-day operations, working with a team of writers, editors, developers, and producers.

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Cassy
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I know we all knew that this was coming, but hearing the official announcement and seeing the concept art is so exciting! This looks so cool!

Ford Dealer Orlando
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Sounds amazing and it should attract more visitors to Universal resort. There are tons of Harry Potter fans out there that would love this.

DiNap44
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Finally, the official word.

JT
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Woohoo! This made my day to see it finally made official.

Padfoot
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Great News! I’m in the UK and want to go here so badly (massive fan) and was planning to this year.. but now I might as well wait! I hope it opens pretty early on in 2014. I’ve done my waiting, 3 years of it, in Azkaban!! And now got to wait another! Bummer!

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