Earlier today I participated in a Universal Orlando Resort’s live webcast about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and I am excited to share some new details with you. Diagon Alley is currently under construction at Universal Studios Florida with the opening date given simply as “SUMMER 2014”.
Here are some of the highlights from the webcast:
Restaurants at Diagon Alley
The Leaky Cauldron: Diagon Alley’s main restaurant will serve fish and chips, bangers and mash and more.
Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour: Selling a variety of ice creams and treats
Attractions at Diagon Alley
Harry Potter and the Escape form Gringotts : This ride will take you through the caverns and vaults underneath Gringotts Bank. Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, boasts that the ride “will be multi sensory and multi dimensional like you have never seen before”.
Hogwarts Express: Guests will be able to ride the famous train from London’s King’s Cross Station (located in Universal Studios Florida) and Hogsmeade Station (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure). The ride is said to have a lot of unexpected surprises along the way. Hogsmeade will be given an expansion to accommodate the Hogwarts Express.
Shops at Diagon Alley
Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes: A joke shop that specializes in “all the best things for people who want to be up to no good”. Wondering if you will be able to purchase extendable ears, weather in a bottle or a screaming yo-yo.
Madam Malkin’s Robes: Everything needed to outfit yourself including Hogwarts school uniform ties, scarves and jumpers, to authentic wizard’s robes and character costumes.
Scribbulus: featuring authentic writing implements and products such as feather quills, ink and inkwells, bookmarks, journals, parchment paper, seals, stationery sets and postcards
Magical Menagerie: Selling all sorts of animals. Expect a very crowded store with cages galore and sounds of all kinds! The shop features a collection of plush animals, such as owls and Hippogriffs.
Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment : Time turners, telescopes and hourglasses will no doubt fill this store! All sorts of magical instruments will be available here.
Quality Quidditch Supplies: The shop will be filled with a wide assortment of apparel and equipment. Some things you will find are Quidditch sweaters, brooms, ludgers, Bludger bats, Quaffles and more.
New Hotel at Diagon Alley
Cabana Bay Beach Resort: This new hotel has the beachy seaside resort of the 1950’s. With 2 courtyards, a lazy river, bowling alley, gym and more. Colorful and fun are the words used over and over to describe the new hotel.
Find out more about Harry Potter at Universal Orlando on their new website: https://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/
I can not wait to visit Diagon Alley!
More updates to come…..
Watch the webcast: