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Robert Niles

Universal Orlando gives USA Today a look inside Diagon Alley

Published: May 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

The media blitz continues for Universal Studios Florida's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Have you been entering to win a trip for four to the grand opening? NBC's Today Show sweepstakes for those trips continues through the weekend, with daily clues and looks from inside the new land.

And today, USA Today is publishing additional photos and a walk-through video from Universal Orlando.

The article doesn't offer anything new to Theme Park Insider readers: we've been down this road, er, alley, time and time and time again. But fans will enjoy clicking through the photo gallery at the bottom of the article, which includes some fresh pictures from inside Diagon Alley in addition to the images Universal already released earlier this week. Here's one, as a sample:

Diagon Alley
Photo from Universal Orlando Resort, via USA Today

Plus, there's some insightful commentary from a certain website publisher in there, too. ;^)

Replies (4)

Published: May 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Disney is so screwed...
Bob Rumpke

Published: May 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

This blows anything Disney has out of the water!!!!

Published: May 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I didn't see this thread... posted the link to the USA Today video in the discussion. Sorry, Robert.

Published: May 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I don't think Disney is "screwed", but I wouldn't be surprised if some people changed their vacation plans or shortened a Disney stay to visit USF.

The jump in attendance at USF should be astronomical for the first couple of years. FINALLY, the "ugly sister" park of USF will have its own glory. I am getting all hyped up about our upcoming trip from watching all of these videos.

As I posted in my trip report last year, Universal had changed so much in a short amount of time, even without Diagon Alley. Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers, Simpsons, Despicable Me, Cinematic Spectacular, etc... it was already on its way to being even with IOA with regards to premier attractions.

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