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:
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:
Nighttime look inside Diagon Alley:
The stars and creative team behind Diagon Alley then sat down to answer questions:
Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton:
Warwick Davis, Domhnall Gleeson and Robbie Coltrane:
James & Oliver Phelps, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis and Bonnie Wright:
Finally, everyone was given time to explore Diagon Alley and all the new offerings found inside:
Entering Platform 9-3/4:
Hogwarts Express from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade:
Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade to Kings Cross:
Gringotts Bank queue:
Gringotts Bank elevator:
A look at how Gringotts ride vehicles work:
The Tale of the Three Brothers street show:
Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment:
Walkthrough of Knockturn Alley, including Borgin & Burkes and a special reference to the former Jaws Ride:
Interacting with the Knight Bus Conductor and Shrunken Head:
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: