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One new detail officially 'leaks' about Universal's Diagon Alley

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Published: December 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Universal Orlando announced the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter some time ago, but today during a press event about City Walk, Universal officially confirmed one new detail.

The Leaky Cauldron will be part of the expansion, offering a place to sit down and enjoy a "great, authentic meal."


As Universal officials said it, this photo from the film was presented. Universal executives noted that in the movie, you can only see what the camera allows you to see. The Leaky Cauldron at Universal will include new details that will make it more of a 360-degree experience. The ceiling will even have detailing that will encourage guests to look up.

As we've reported on Theme Park Insider before, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley also will include a London waterfront area with the Knight Bus parked out front, and a working Hogwarts Express train that guests can ride between the two Wizarding Worlds, and a Gringott’s Bank ride.

Universal ended the Potter segment of the presentation by saying that Diagon Alley will be so much bigger than people imagine. The word "huge" was mentioned. This is exciting news, but it is good to know that more details are coming in the new year.

Readers' Opinions

From Jacob Sundstrom on December 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM
"Universal executives noted that in the movie, you can only see what the camera allows you to see."

Good of Universal to clear up to use how movies work.

Joking aside, I'm excited to hear this is confirmed. Can't wait to spend $20 on British food! :P

From Anon Mouse on December 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM
"The Leaky Cauldron" = "Be Our Guest" ???
From N B on December 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM
I am gad the Knight bus will be out front. It will lend some authenticity to the land. They used it at Universal's gate for the IOA HP grand opening. It is now sitting in one of the new warehouses (same one where the parade floats are stored) waiting to come out this Summer.

I could see that warehouse from our Hard Rock hotel room. It was interesting watching them get everything ready for the parade.

From Robert Niles on December 12, 2013 at 3:59 PM
Who wants to start the guessing/wishing about the menu?
From Annette Forrest on December 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM
I am just LOVING these columns by Krista Joy. They are informative, well-written, to-the-point, and I love the positive voice they are written in. What a GREAT new reporter for TPI. Keep the great work coming Krista!!! :)
From on December 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM
What's odd is they already have one restaurant-bar in the park serving Irish pub food (Finnigans). How different will the Leaky Cauldron really be?
From Robert Niles on December 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM
But it'll be ENGLISH pub food! ;^)
From Kelly Muggleton on December 13, 2013 at 6:20 AM
They have to have toad in the hole!

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