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Harry Potter's Diagon Alley will open at Universal Orlando on July 8th!

Jun. 18, 2014by:

If you've had the good fortune of visiting Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure over the past four years, then you most likely saw the newest addition to the park, Hogsmeade Village, from the Harry Potter universe. While Disney and Universal have had some healthy competition in regards to their theme parks, Universal really stepped up their game when creating Hogsmeade Village, and the great castle of Hogwarts. No detail was spared and the park saw record breaking numbers for the themed area. It wasn't long after that Universal decided to expand upon the land and introduce Diagon Alley into the equation.

As you can see, several of the key cast members from the films are at Diagon to announce the date that the expansion will open. We have the Weasley twins (played by James and Oliver Phelps, respectively), Neville Longbottom's sultry calves (Matthew Lewis) and Evanna Lynch, who's looking better now than she ever did as Luna Lovegood. If you recall, Diagon Alley was the Wizarding market located in London, England. The land itself will feature shops such as Ollivander's (where wands are sold), Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes (for candies and other goods) as well as a new ride taking place inside the troll bank of Gringotts, that should very much be reminiscent of that cool mine cart action featured in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2. For those who have a park-hopper pass, you can even take the Hogwarts Express from Diagon Alley (located in Universal Studios) to the village of Hogsmeade (in Islands of Adventure). The official date this new section will be open to the masses is July 8th.

Check out the announcement video:

Given what this does to immerse fans into the films of Harry Potter, JoBlo will be covering the details. You can expect more pictures and goodies over the course of next week in regards to Diagon Alley, but we do have some pictures for you now that shows off some of the amazing detail (check out that dragon)!

Once again, Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando will officially open to the public on July 8, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Will you be making the trek to Orlando to experience Diagon Alley?

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6:36PM on 06/18/2014
Exciting. I'm living in Orlando now but looking to possibly move, so I might have to try to go to this. I really liked the one at Islands of Adventure. With Avatar getting a theme park at Disney, I wonder what the next movie themed park will be. Middle Earth seems like a good idea. Based on the popularity, I'd imagine Hunger Games has been considered. Maybe an arena where parents can drop off their kids to fight to the death, lol.
Exciting. I'm living in Orlando now but looking to possibly move, so I might have to try to go to this. I really liked the one at Islands of Adventure. With Avatar getting a theme park at Disney, I wonder what the next movie themed park will be. Middle Earth seems like a good idea. Based on the popularity, I'd imagine Hunger Games has been considered. Maybe an arena where parents can drop off their kids to fight to the death, lol.
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1:21PM on 06/18/2014
Looks nice and all but it makes me very upset still that they got rid of Amity Island.
Looks nice and all but it makes me very upset still that they got rid of Amity Island.
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12:51PM on 06/18/2014

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Actually rewatching the series again before i head over there next month!

Actually rewatching the series again before i head over there next month!

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12:38PM on 06/18/2014

I've been one, going back again

I'm so pumped to see this. Flying down from Massachusetts at the end of October. I visited Universal 4 years ago and LOVED it. Especially the Harry Potter section
I'm so pumped to see this. Flying down from Massachusetts at the end of October. I visited Universal 4 years ago and LOVED it. Especially the Harry Potter section
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12:28PM on 06/18/2014
It looks amazing!!! I hate that I never got into Harry Potter, books or films, and that I cannot truly appreciate what all the fans see. I wish Middle Earth would get some treatment like this or has it and I don't know about it?
It looks amazing!!! I hate that I never got into Harry Potter, books or films, and that I cannot truly appreciate what all the fans see. I wish Middle Earth would get some treatment like this or has it and I don't know about it?
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12:50PM on 06/18/2014
The big rumor go around was that if Rowling decided to taker her business to Disney instead of Universal, that Universal would have gone for a Lord of the Rings themed section. Now that themed sections are "all the rage" (we musn't forget the Springfield area in Universal), I'd be curious to see something down the road for Middle Earth. Only issue is, no future movies (Hobbit aside). I'd say Star Wars was a safer bet at this point.
The big rumor go around was that if Rowling decided to taker her business to Disney instead of Universal, that Universal would have gone for a Lord of the Rings themed section. Now that themed sections are "all the rage" (we musn't forget the Springfield area in Universal), I'd be curious to see something down the road for Middle Earth. Only issue is, no future movies (Hobbit aside). I'd say Star Wars was a safer bet at this point.
6:09AM on 06/19/2014
I wasn't aware of that rumor. I'll be checking that out later tonight. I agree that Star Wars will probably be next somewhere and we've seen Avatar getting treatment at Animal Kingdom. It's a shame that someone won't capitalize on Middle-earth in the near future.
I wasn't aware of that rumor. I'll be checking that out later tonight. I agree that Star Wars will probably be next somewhere and we've seen Avatar getting treatment at Animal Kingdom. It's a shame that someone won't capitalize on Middle-earth in the near future.
12:14PM on 06/18/2014
Going there on the 9th and 10th of July. Going to be crazy crowded and miserably hot. But for Potter, I will brave anything.
Going there on the 9th and 10th of July. Going to be crazy crowded and miserably hot. But for Potter, I will brave anything.
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12:05PM on 06/18/2014
This makes me wish every big movie franchise got the awesome immersive theme park treatment (imagine a walk-through Gotham City with Easter eggs themed to specific Bat-villains). Beautifully done.
This makes me wish every big movie franchise got the awesome immersive theme park treatment (imagine a walk-through Gotham City with Easter eggs themed to specific Bat-villains). Beautifully done.
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12:03PM on 06/18/2014

Looks awesome!

J.K. Rowling's original book contract said that she had creative control over any ancillary products in the Harry Potter universe, which meant all these designs had to meet with her approval. The studios complained bitterly, but it's ensured everything looks freakin' spectacular.
J.K. Rowling's original book contract said that she had creative control over any ancillary products in the Harry Potter universe, which meant all these designs had to meet with her approval. The studios complained bitterly, but it's ensured everything looks freakin' spectacular.
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12:07PM on 06/18/2014
That's 100% correct. I assure you, it takes an arm and leg to get anything approved in those Potter-themed lands. That's why you don't see any Potter shot glasses.
That's 100% correct. I assure you, it takes an arm and leg to get anything approved in those Potter-themed lands. That's why you don't see any Potter shot glasses.
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