Harry Potter fans be prepare to be amazed! Diagon Alley is coming to Universal Studios!
We are so excited this news is finally out! We have known this since 2011 on a visit to the Wizarding world...we got a wee bit of inside news that Diagon Alley was coming to Universal...but were not sure to what extent and did not want to publicly share...you know how rumor mills go!
Can you just imagine going to platform 9 3/4 and being whisked off on the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley from Hogsmeade?!! Well HP fans this is about to be real!
We have visited the Wizarding World on two trips....and absolutely LOVE it. If you have never been to the Wizarding world you are in for a treat...you can read about our first visit here. Like Hogsmeade...I am sure that Diagon alley will astound all who visit.
Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced today that London and Diagon Alley are both coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2014. Here's the full announcement:
Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment,
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter � Diagon Alley.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the world�s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal�s creative team to bring an unparallelled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.
Diagon Alley and �London� will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal�s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.
And � just like in the books and films � guests will be able to travel between �London� and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express.
Work on the new area is already underway. When complete, it will feature shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank � all directly inspired by the fiction and films.
More details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter � Diagon Alley will be released over time.
To bring Diagon Alley and �London� to life, Universal�s creative team is working closely with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films � just as it did for Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.
"I'm so pleased that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proved so popular to date, and I'm sure that the attention to detail in creating the new Diagon Alley area will make this an even better experience," said J.K. Rowling.
�We are continuing the journey and adding an entirely new level of adventure,� said Tom Williams, Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts. �And we are bringing the same drive, commitment, enthusiasm and innovation to this project as we did to the first.�
�We are thrilled to offer the legions of fans the opportunity to embark on this new journey and experience Diagon Alley as it was brought to life in the books and films,� said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
�Our vision is to create two amazing theme park experiences that combine into one, complete, magical journey,� said Alice Norsworthy, executive vice president, marketing and sales for Universal Orlando Resort.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter � Hogsmeade opened at Universal�s Islands of Adventure in June 2010 as a fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment - bringing to life the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and the blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros. Since that time, it has become a global phenomenon, entertaining millions of people from around the world.
Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are swept into the adventures of Harry Potter. They can tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine at the Three Broomsticks. They can soar above Hogwarts with Harry, be chosen by a wand at Ollivanders, sample Butterbeer and much more.
Construction underway at Universal Studios!
Hogwarts express renderings.
Full rendering of Diagon Alley! It is huge...and in the back you can see Hogsmeade and Hogwarts school!
Well Harry Potter fans...I know where we will be in 2014! A visit to the Wizarding world for our 3rd trip will be in order! I can taste the butter beer already!