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Wizarding World Update: Knight bus arrives on the London waterfront, details starting to show

by Matt Roseboom

Diagon alley london wizarding world universal

Need emergency transportation to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley? Your ride has arrived. The Knight Bus can now be seen on the other side of the construction walls at Universal Studios Florida. Let’s take a look at it, and some of the other details starting to appear.

Diagon alley london wizarding world universal 2 (1) The purple three-decker bus has signs that read “All Destinations (Nothing Underwater)”. If you haven’t seen the Harry Potter movies or read the books featuring the bus, it’s used as emergency transport for lost wizards back to the Wizarding World.

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Diagon alley london wizarding world universal Twitter user @MickeyXtreme posted a few photos from the other side of the construction wall. The center of the circle is where a fountain will go. Here you can see the bus is parked on the left side of the fountain. In some concept art released by Universal, the bus is parked on the other side of the fountain, so we’re not sure this is its final resting place. We doubt it will move once the area is open. But we do expect there to be an interactive element to the bus. Universal was recently searching for male actors who could do a Jamaican accent. In the Potter movie, there is a shrunken head hanging inside the bus that talks in a Jamaican accent. We expect the head will be in there talking to guests.

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Diagon alley london grass In this other photo by @MickeyXtreme, you can see all the grass and trees that have been planted around the London waterfront area.

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Diagon alley london building stand A small building that is expected to be some sort of food or merchandise stand has also been erected recently, to the right of the bus and fountain circle, as seen in this photo by @MickeyXtreme.

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Diagon alley london sign A sign for Grimmauld Place, a location in the Harry Potter movies.

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Diagon alley london brickwork In the Harry Potter story, the Grimmauld Place building expands to reveal the hidden home of the Black family. Here you can see some signs of the building expanding.

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Diagon alley london underground The buildings are being painted and signs are popping up all around the London waterfront area. Guests from London will feel like they’re back home.

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Diagon alley london wizarding world universal Here’s an overview as seen from the San Francisco area of the park. Light poles will soon be installed along the cement waterfront barriers on the right.

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Diagon alley london wizarding world universal 12 This is looking over the construction walls in Islands of Adventure park, just before the entrance to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is the entrance arch to the new train station that will take guests between the two Wizarding World areas in the two parks, if they have a two-park ticket.

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wizarding world universal train station The top of the Hogsmeade train station.

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wizarding world universal weather vane A closer look at the weather vane.

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Here’s a video showing more details and an overview of the area as it was on April 13, 2014:

Wizarding World Diagon Alley construction update - Knight Bus arrives April 2014

Universal Orlando hasn’t set an opening date more specific than this summer, but we expect it to officially open in June or July. There’s a possibility of soft openings in May. Stay tuned.

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Paula April 18, 2014 - 11:56 pm

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