Aerial photos of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, under construction at Universal Studios Florida
Written by Robert Niles
If you're wondering if Universal Orlando will be able to complete its new Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida by July 2014, as we reported yesterday that Universal's trying to do, let's take a look at some construction photos to see how far along the construction is at this date. One of Theme Park Insider's best friends was kind enough to share these photos with us.
In our first aerial shot, you can see almost all of Universal Studios Florida. The large building at the lower right is the Gringotts show building, with the Diagon Alley buildings under construction just above and to the left, between Gringotts and the London waterfront.
See that narrow, track-like strip heading straight up from the Gringotts building, toward the backstage road? That's the track for the Hogwarts Express, which will be an elevated train traveling above the path of that back-of-house road to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in Islands of Adventure. (You can see it way up there at the top right. If you're curious, that's the new Transformers building up there at the top left, on the lagoon front.)
Here's another aerial view, looking back from the opposite direction. You can see The Simpsons' Springfield under construction to the right.
Returning to Diagon Alley, here's a direct overhead view. The London waterfront path is to the lower left. The steel frame at the very bottom is Grimmauld Place, while the entrance to the new Harry Potter land will be through the gap between the white buildings just up and to the left of the Grimmauld Place framing.
The darker ground leading into the new land is the "main drag" of Diagon Alley, which ends at the entrance to Gringotts, which is that wood-topped facade under construction in the middle of the photo. There's some empty space between that facade and the main Gringotts show building, which dominates the right side of the photo.
Here's the same location, from the opposite direction:
There you have a nice view of the Hogwarts Express track, running diagonally (sorry) on the right side of the photo. To the left of the track you've got a nice view of the back of the Gringotts entrance facade under construction. You also can see San Francisco and the Disaster! show building at the top of the photo.
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