NBCUniversal CEO: Diagon Alley to open in 'spring'
Written by Robert Niles
Universal Orlando's new Harry Potter land will open in "spring," according the CEO of the theme parks' parent company. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke told investor analysts in a conference call this morning that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida would open sometime in the spring of this year. For reference, Universal defined the same opening timeframe for the original Wizarding World in Islands of Adventure, which eventually opened on June 18, 2010.Tweet
Universal's concept art for Diagon Alley
Burke also said that the new Wizarding World would open after the Cabana Bay hotel, which he said would open in March. So let's start with a potential opening date for Harry Potter 2 sometime between April 1 and Friday, June 20, which is the last day of spring. But Universal's provided two more clues about Harry Potter's debut.
Universal Orlando is now offering a third day free to U.S. and Canadian residents who buy a two-day ticket via Universal's website. But those tickets must be used by May 22, 2014. And the Universal's "Power Pass" annual pass is listing summer blockout days for Universal Studios Florida starting on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Given these three parameters, it appears that the most likely opening date for Diagon Alley lies somewhere between May 23 and June 13, 2014. Also remember that the original Wizarding World was open on for "technical rehearsal" — Universal's term for a soft-open — for a few weeks before its official opening. With a soft open, visitors could get their first look inside Diagon Alley sometime in early to mid-May.
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