With the Diagon Alley opening on July 8, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is about to get a little bigger. Located in Orlando, USA, Harry’s world spans two parks: Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts Castle opened back in 2010 and are located in the Islands of Adventure while Diagon Alley and London will be located in Universal Studios Florida. For all fans of the franchise this is a dream come true so if you happen to find yourself in Orlando this summer, make sure you take at least half of day to let yourself immersed by the wonderful world of wizarding. Here are some fun facts of what The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s new Diagon Alley will offer.
You can ride the Hogwarts Express. If you already visited the Hogsmeade section you probably have a photo take with the train and its conductor but be aware, when the new park opens you will be able to actually ride the iconic Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross station in “London” to Hogsmeade.
The theme park is basically a carbon copy of the film’s sets and Universal actually consulted J.K. Rowling and the film’s production team during the design process, so don’t be too surprised when you’ll see that every detail is perfect.
You’ll get to hang out with animatronics goblins at Gringotts. The bank is part of the park’s headliner ride “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts”. Beware of the goblins! They’re not the friendliest of creatures and apparently if you ring their bells, they look right at you!
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes opens its doors! Want to buy some Pygmy Puffs? Or maybe Skiving Snackboxes? And even though, unfortunately George, Fred and Ginny won’t be there to sell you their favorite gag treats, the three-story shop is said to look identical to the one in “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”.
If you happen to stroll around the Diagon Alley and hunger strikes you, no worries! The Leaky Cauldron serves up British fare and Butter beer, evidently.
If you happen to be a dark arts fan, you should consider heading over to Knockturn Alley and check out Borgin and Burkes, where apparently the creepy “hand of glory’ from “Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets” is on display.
Perhaps you are in need of a wand and there are not one, but two Ollivanders Wand Shops, one in Hogsmeade and one at the newly to-be-opened Diagon Alley, so make sure you get your hands on an interactive wand and make some magic happen.
And yes, there is a fire-breathing dragon atop Gringotts, and according to Buzzfeed, the dragon breaths its fiery breath every 15 minutes.
The place is completely magical just like you would expect it to be and make no assumptions, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and for the youngest and the oldest of fans.