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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT REVEALS DETAILS FOR THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY

 

2014’s Most Anticipated New Theme Park Experience Opens This Summer and Brings More of Harry Potter’s Adventures to Life

 

Expansive New Area Will Feature Something for Everyone:

 

The Hogwarts Express, A Groundbreaking Ride, Plus Spectacular Shops and Dining

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 23, 2014) – Never before has a theme park created a guest experience like this: you climb aboard the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade and moments later arrive at King’s Cross Station – where the wonders of London and Diagon Alley unfold before you. And it is all real.

 

With this summer’s opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life inside a new, magnificently themed area that includes a revolutionary attraction experience, as well as all-new themed shops and dining.

 

The two companies today revealed first-ever details about the new area and the one-of-a-kind adventures it will offer the whole family. The spectacularly themed environment will double the size of the sweeping area already dedicated to Harry Potter’s adventures at Universal Orlando, expanding it across both Universal theme parks.

 

And – just like in the books and films – guests will be able to travel between the two areas aboard the iconic Hogwarts Express.

 

Universal Orlando launched a global phenomenon when it opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at its Islands of Adventure theme park in 2010. That area includes the iconic Hogwarts castle – which houses the groundbreaking Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction – and the village of Hogsmeade. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be located within Universal Orlando’s second theme park, Universal Studios, and will create new experiences based on the signature areas of London, Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley.

 

Universal’s creative team has been working closely with Stuart Craig and the production team from the Harry Potter films to make the new area as authentic and spectacular as possible – just as it did with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.

 

The vision for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is unprecedented, with Universal Orlando creating the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience.

 

After arriving at King’s Cross Station aboard the Hogwarts Express, guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley – a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city. There will be shops, dining experiences, and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.

 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will give visitors the exciting opportunity to:

 

· Board the Hogwarts Express and journey between London’s King’s Cross Station (located in Universal Studios Florida) and Hogsmeade Station (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure). The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.

 

· Experience a groundbreaking new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults

 

· Witness the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, one of the wizarding world’s premier wand shops

 

· Discover the darker side of magic in Knockturn Alley, the darkest of dark places that features Borgin and Burkes – a shop specializing in the Dark Arts that will offer a wide variety of Dark objects, such as Death Eater masks, skulls, and other sinister items

 

Explore some of Diagon Alley’s famous shops, including:

 

o Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone

 

o Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, where guests will find a variety of wizardwear from Hogwarts school uniform ties, scarves and jumpers, to authentic wizard’s robes and character costumes

 

o Magical Menagerie, which features a collection of plush animals, such as owls and Hippogriffs

 

o Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, where guests can grab wizarding essentials such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses

 

o Quality Quidditch Supplies, offering a wide assortment of apparel and equipment including Quidditch sweaters, brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Bludger bats, Quaffles and more

 

o Scribbulus, featuring authentic writing implements and products such as feather quills, ink and inkwells, bookmarks, journals, parchment paper, seals, stationery sets and postcards

 

More details of Diagon Alley:

 

· Enjoy traditional British fare that includes favorite dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and more at the Leaky Cauldron

 

· Visit Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour for frozen treats in a variety of tantalizing and unique flavors such as strawberry-and-peanut-butter ice-cream and many others

 

· And more!

 

More details about the unique experiences that can be found in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be released over time. For more information about the area, visit http://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter.

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Guests can grab wizarding essentials at Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, one of the shops located in Diagon Alley. Here, guests can pick up items such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses.

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One of Diagon Alley’s shops is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes - a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone.

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Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will witness the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, one of the wizarding world’s premier wand shops.

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Opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley – a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city.

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Opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Just like in the books and films – guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and London when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.

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Opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. There will be shops, dining experiences - including Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour, and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will feature a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level. The thrill ride will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will open this summer at Universal Studios Florida.

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Opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Just like in the books and films – guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and London when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.

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Opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley – a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city. There will be shops, dining experiences, and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.

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Another shot of the Gringott's Bank ride from the webcast.

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If it was any other train I wouldn't ask but considering how JK Rowling is kind of picky on details, how will the train run backwards when it's making the reverse journey? is there going to be a locomotive on both ends of the train?

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Thanks robb there are some better pictures on here that on the web cast lol!

 

Nice to see on the train. But they are keeping a lot of info back for later. Listening to the actors sounds like the building are starting to take shape .

 

Stu K

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^"Escape from Gringotts" would be really cool if it included Snake Plissken--and Bruce the Shark.

 

"Who needs a wand when you got a machine gun?"

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As expected Park-To-Park admission required for the Hogswart express.

 

Well played Universal. Interesting benefit to encourage upgrading to the parkhopper at a time whne Disney is going the other way with Fastpass+ discouraging park hopping.

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^"Escape from Gringotts" would be really cool if it included Snake Plissken--and Bruce the Shark.

 

"Who needs a wand when you got a machine gun?"

 

Snake Plissken would improve any attraction. Much like fire.

 

Other than some shops, did we really learn anything new from this announcement? Seems like this whole project has been one of the worst kept secrets in theme park history. I know they'll make a lot of money from this, but I'm not seeing anything that makes me want to get back to Universal any time soon.

 

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I really think this is an interesting precedent, to restrict an attraction to guests who have purchased a certain level of ticket. Obviously, their situation is unique (not a lot of other resorts have park proximity like this), but it'll be interesting to see how other parks react with future attractions.

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I really think this is an interesting precedent, to restrict an attraction to guests who have purchased a certain level of ticket. Obviously, their situation is unique (not a lot of other resorts have park proximity like this), but it'll be interesting to see how other parks react with future attractions.

How is it any different from a guest needing a two-park ticket to ride the Toy Story attraction that's at Disneyland and the Toy Story attraction that's at California Adventure?

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I love how they say this is a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory ride experience.

 

That is pretty much every ride in existence. If you move in more than one direction be it up, down, left or right, whammo, you've got yourself multi-dimensional ride. Do you see things and hear things or even feel the wind on your face on a ride, you guessed it... multi-sensory.

 

Seems like an odd marketing.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the wand shop that's currently in Hogsmeade called Ollivanders? I guess they are going to keep two Ollivanders Stores open, but as their in two different parks it seems fine.

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I also don't fully believe the two park ticket thing. Universal has still not been totally clear and honest about the whole thing, in fact one of their people mentioned that there would be a round trip option for people with one park tickets only. I can only imagine the entitled potter freakouts there will be if someone wants to ride the train with only a one park ticket and can't. I give Universal a ton of credit if they really restrict it to hopper tickets only, but time will tell.

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How is it any different from a guest needing a two-park ticket to ride the Toy Story attraction that's at Disneyland and the Toy Story attraction that's at California Adventure?

 

I think I may have confused either you or myself with my question ... Mostly, I was getting at the idea that if I buy a single ticket to a (typical) single park, all of the rides/attractions at that single park are available to me, save for the upcharge experiences that are common and accepted. Now Universal is introducing a scenario that says, "When you buy a single park ticket, all of the attractions are available to you... except this one. This one is only available if you buy a slightly more expensive ticket."

 

Not trying to condemn the idea, because from a business standpoint it's not bad. Just thought it was interesting.

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If it is true to the story (of course it will be or J.K. Rowling wouldn't of approved it), then yes the pathways will be narrow and crowd control will be a ton of fun for Universal. The coaster does sound interesting. Hopefully, it concentrates more on thrills than story-telling so everyone can enjoy, not just Potter fans.

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I don't see what the big deal is. It's not like you're only getting a ride on the Hogwarts Express with the hopper, you're getting an entire park of attractions. What is the price difference? When I went two years ago a 2 day park to park ticket was not bad at all, and not much more than a 1 day. They should hold their ground on this one. I know I'd want to do Hogsmeade & Diagon the same day anyways.

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Universal Orlando is one of my favorite places in the world (behind TDS, and Europa) and I haven't been there since I saw the construction of Potterville (and the decimation of Dueling Dragons) and I still see no reason to return.

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I love how they say this is a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory ride experience.

 

That is pretty much every ride in existence. If you move in more than one direction be it up, down, left or right, whammo, you've got yourself multi-dimensional ride. Do you see things and hear things or even feel the wind on your face on a ride, you guessed it... multi-sensory.

 

Seems like an odd marketing.

 

This is a good point. Most rides are "multi-dimensional" and "multi-sensory." They're really saying nothing; then again, that's marketing speak for you.

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