New Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley & Hogwarts Express details possibly revealed in guest survey

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Editor’s note: this article has been republished with permission from Parkscope.net.

Good afternoon, true believers! I’m here after completing a survey which Universal Orlando had just sent me asking my opinions on some things pertaining to both Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express. First of all, the survey says the planned opening for the land will be summer 2014, which whittles the original and nebulous “2014” down a little bit. Many have theorized it will open in June like its predecessor, and now that looks likely. Also, the survey confirms the rumors that Gringotts will indeed be a 3D attraction. It also says it will be likely that a 2 park ticket will be required to ride the Hogwarts Express(which is confirmed to have different shows each way), but more on that later.

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Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley survey - May 14, 2013.
Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley survey – May 14, 2013.
Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley survey - May 14, 2013.
Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley survey – May 14, 2013.

Moving on from there, it is also confirmed that there will be different set ups for Hogwarts Express disembarking depending on the crowd levels in the park. When it is crowded, the exiting guests will be required to exit into the London Waterfront, where they will queue with the rest of the guests wanting to get into Diagon Alley/Hogsmeade respectively. However, on less crowded days, they will be allowed to enter directly into the land.

Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley survey - May 14, 2013.
Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley survey – May 14, 2013.

From there Uni asked questions about ticketing, including increasing blackout dates for the Power Pass, and asked what would be a more fitting name for it if they did.

Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley survey - May 14, 2013.
Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley survey – May 14, 2013.

They also asked as a non-Floridian AP holder whether or not giving me the option to pay monthly to renew my AP as well as giving me a 30% discount on last years price would increase my chances of renewing for the 2014 year…which I obviously said it would!

To wrap up the survey, they asked a series of situations revolving around the Hogwarts Express, which really seemed to be the focus of the survey. It mixed and matched ticketing situations, prices, wait times, roundtrip/one-way trip, and unlimited/limited ride scenarios and asked which would be the most appealing to me. This leads me to believe Universal has still not completely set themselves on a two park ticket being required to ride the Hogwarts Express and are still hammering out the details.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today, everyone. Make sure you follow @Parkscope for up to the minute details as they come in!

Thank you to Parkscope for allowing us to publish their blog post. For an insider’s look at the world of theme parks, be sure to visit Parkscope.net.

To learn more, visit our Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley page in the OI Universal Center.

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fsukristen
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So exciting!

ThomasSti
Guest

I wonder if they don’t execute this well especially in communication. Universal’s weakness is communication of major changes like the timed tickets to get into Harry Potter at peak times.

OrlandoInformer
Guest

This is very true unfortunately.

Jerry
Guest

Wow im really excited for this!!! Whoooo!!!! But i want a definite date on when it will open!!! 😛

And wonder if the train will be a smaller version of the express or a potter themed monorail?

George
Guest

Universal need to get their facts right. It’s King’s Cross Station, not King’s Crossing Station. Hope they don’t make this mistake again, otherwise I can’t wait for opening.

OrlandoInformer
Guest

George, those surveys are handled by a third-party company. So while Universal may ultimately be responsible for the content, the King’s Crossing issue was likely just a typo by some guy in a cubical who really has nothing to do with Universal or the Harry Potter expansion.

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