When is the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley?
An owl bumped into my front door this morning, and might have dropped the answer to the question theme park fans have been asking: When is the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley?
Let's open this!
What's under there?
Oooh, shiny wizard gold!
But it's what lies within the envelope that might answer our question.
It's the invitation from the Universal Orlando Resort to the "Media & VIP Preview" for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, from June 17-20, 2014 at Universal Studios Florida.
Our invitation includes a Hogwarts Express ticket to Diagon Alley,
And a "Bank Rune Credit" for opening an account at Gringotts Bank.
If this media event runs as did the media event for the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Hogsmeade village at Islands of Adventure that opened in 2010, the final day of the event will be the public grand opening, which would make the opening of Diagon Alley on Friday, June 20.
Of course, Walt Disney World recently held a "media preview" event for its Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster even though it won't open that ride to the public until May 28, but that's a rare occurrence for theme parks, where public openings almost always follow at the conclusion of media events. Heck, you're wasting publicity to promote an attraction that's not yet open.
We at Theme Park Insider will be attending this Universal media event, so you can look forward to a week of full coverage from Diagon Alley this June, including the new Gringotts ride, the Hogwarts Express, the Leaky Cauldron restaurant, Borgin and Burkes shop, and everything else happening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Be sure to follow Theme Park Insider on Facebook, Twitter and via email for all the latest updates.
That is such an elaborate invitation! What a level of pomp and circumstance or a media event invitation.
Robert, just out of curiosity, where are you going to be staying when you visit? At one of the three "Express Pass" hotels, or Cabana Bay? Or somewhere offsite? Don't worry, I'm not a stalker. Really, I'm not... I'm... oh wait... It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again... put the *bleeping* lotion in the basket!
Jungle Skip, a Parkscope & Universal Orlando Insider, today said that he "had spoken to some owls who have ridden the Hogwarts Express. Words used to describe the experience are "flawless" and "one of the greatest theme park experiences ever designed from queue to exit".'.....I'll be at Portofino, Universal on Saturday till Memorial day weekend. I guess I'll be too early for softs but maybe we'll get lucky and they'll take the London walls down. I'll have to wait till our September vacation to see what will arguably be the greatest theme park land ever constructed.
On the phone with USF right now (literally).... Booking July 29th through August 1st.
As always when I visit Orlando, I'll be staying at our east coast offices in Celebration. ;^)
Twister's done, and is the current version of KidZone. I stand by what I wrote in this post from last year looking at
Do occasional TPI Freelancers also have access to "our" east coast offices in Celebration? ;)
I had a feeling that Twister's time was probably up soon along with T2 and Fear Factor and two of them were more or less confirmed.
Living 15 minutes away from both Universal and Disney has it's perks. Thanks for the heads up and I'll be sure to be one of the first ones there when it opens up. I'll try to get you guys some pictures.
I am so jealous on so many levels.
Cannot be exchanged for Muggle currency.
I'm sure this and the new Mine Train ride will be impressive, but trying to get into either this summer will be an exercise in masochism. Can you say 180 min. average wait times?
We fly out of Orlando on the 16th. Gutted because we're all massive Potter fans. What does anyone think of our chances of getting in any soft openings? Anyone got any tips for increasing our chances?
N B, if you don't mind me asking, where are you staying?
Jonathan, I think the chances of soft openings the week leading up to the 17th are quite good, actually. Follow the hashtag #Potterwatch on Twitter, as many of us will be posting when soft opens happen, using that tag.
Any idea if Universal will give the annual passholders a preview event? I've been a passholder for many years and hope they will throw us a bone for this grand new land.
Hi folks. I am going to Florida for 2 weeks on the 14th of June. Would you guys recommend trying to go to the park before the 17th and hope for a soft opening or wait until after the official opening. Trying not to get too caught up in the crazy long queues that happened when hogsmeade opened. Thanks in advance for the advice. Can't wait to go, looks awesome.
Caitlin, we will be at the Hard Rock Hotel.
There is complete silence on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. No talk about soft openings. Nothing. 2 more weeks until it opens officials. An anti-climatic opening.
Fast pass is now available for seven dwarves mine train !
So I'm planning on going to Disney/Universal from July 20-26. I'm mainly wanting to go to see Diagon Alley. However, every time I talk to the people at Universal, they refuse to tell me if Diagon Alley will be open by then. This is pretty frustrating because there's discounts right now that I'd like to take advantage of, but I've been worried since they won't confirm anything on the phone. It sounds like, from here, it should be open by then, correct? I don't need a 100% guarantee or anything. I just want to make sure that in all likelihood it'll be open by then....
Wow - almost exactly 4 years after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Islands of Adventure.
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