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Diagon Alley media preview recap at Universal Orlando – Photos/Videos

by Banks Lee

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We were able to preview The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Orlando, and we’ve brought back lots of photos and videos for those who can’t wait to see inside.

Located in Universal Studios Florida, Diagon Alley features shops, dining experiences, interactive elements and new attractions. The new area doubles the size of the land already found at Islands of Adventure, expanding the themed environment across both Universal theme parks.

The event started off with the announcement that July 8, 2014 will be the official opening date for Diagon Alley:

Diagon Alley opening date announced by Harry Potter stars - July 8, 2014

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Universal then held a red carpet premiere featuring several stars from the films and a special opening moment, followed by a nighttime look inside Diagon Alley:

Red carpet ceremony for Diagon Alley featuring Potter stars at Universal Orlando

Nighttime look inside Diagon Alley:

First Look: Diagon Alley Nightime Walkthrough at Universal Orlando

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The stars and creative team behind Diagon Alley then sat down to answer questions:

Diagon Alley discussion with Universal Creative team members

Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton:

Diagon Alley discussion with Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton

Warwick Davis, Domhnall Gleeson and Robbie Coltrane:

Diagon Alley discussion with Warwick Davis, Domhnall Gleeson and Robbie Coltrane

James & Oliver Phelps, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis and Bonnie Wright:

Diagon Alley discussion with Phelps twins, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis and Bonnie Wright

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Finally, everyone was given time to explore Diagon Alley and all the new offerings found inside:

Look around Diagon Alley in Universal's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion

Entering Platform 9-3/4:

Entering Platform 9 3/4 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

Hogwarts Express from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade:

POV London to Hogsmeade on the Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade to Kings Cross:

POV Hogsmeade to London on the Hogwarts Express

Gringotts Bank queue:

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts queue walkthrough

Gringotts Bank elevator:

Riding Gringotts Bank (lift) elevator down to the vaults at Universal Orlando

A look at how Gringotts ride vehicles work:

Ride vehicle movement in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The Tale of the Three Brothers street show:

Full Tale of the Three Brothers show in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment:

Eternelle's Elixir of Refreshment in Diagon Alley at Universal's Wizarding World

Walkthrough of Knockturn Alley, including Borgin & Burkes and a special reference to the former Jaws Ride:

Walking through Knockturn Alley and inside Borgin and Burkes at Universal's Diagon Alley

Interacting with the Knight Bus Conductor and Shrunken Head:

Talking with the Knight Bus Conductor and Shrunken head at Diagon Alley Universal

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We will have in-depth coverage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley on the June 26, 2014 episode of Orlando Attractions Magazine: The Show.

You can view our expansive photo gallery from inside Diagon Alley below:
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