Universal reveals more entertainment options for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Universal today let out a few more details about the entertainment experiences
it will offer in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
Live shows have been part of the original Wizarding World in Islands of Adventure, with the Frog Choir and Tri-Wizard Spirit Rally. Diagon Alley will continue that tradition with two new shows its own, both to play in the Carkitt Market area, near the Gringotts ride exit.
The marketplace shows might resemble the live performances "Muggle World" visitors find in places such as London's Covent Garden, long a tourist favorite for free performances by a wide variety of talented musicians and performers. The two main shows in Carkitt Market will be a performance of two of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" first told in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: "The Tale of the Three Brothers" and "The Fountain of Fair Fortune." Universal's press releases says that "this trunk show uses scenic pieces, props and puppetry fabricated by Emmy-award-winning designer Michael Curry."
The second Carkitt Market will be a live concert by "The Singing Sorceress: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees," Molly Weasley's favorite band, known for such Wizarding hits as "A Cauldron Full Of Hot, Strong Love."
Photo courtesy Universal
Outside Diagon Alley, the Wizarding World will gets version of a character meet and greet, with the Knight Bus Conductor and Shrunken Head interacting with guests and posing for photos.
Universal also is reviving its rival's old "Disney Dollars" concept with the Gringotts Money Exchange, where a goblin will help you change your Muggle money into Wizarding Bank Notes, good for purchases in either Wizarding World, as well as elsewhere throughout the two Universal Orlando theme parks.
We will be at Diagon Alley for its preview event on June 18-19, with full coverage for you here on Theme Park Insider.
I didn't know it was going to be so interactive and detailed. Diagon Alley is going to blow away all other parks attractions. I can't wait to stand there and watch the shows and eat my Butterbeer ice cream which I paid for with wizarding money.
Who carries cash around anymore? I wonder if the goblins take Debit.
^Good one, James, and as expensive as a visit to Diagon Alley will be, I think CREDIT is an even better option. Of course, if your credit card gets declined the Goblins should feed you to the dragon!
How easy is it photocopy and print these "Goblin Notes"? We'll find the answer whenever this idea is abandoned. My guess is soon.
Universal needs more photo ops and meet and greets. Disney has this down to a science. Universal needs more balance with more things to do for people who can't handle thrill rides.
I believe I've read that JK Rowling will not permit actors to portray the HP main characters in Universal.
The Universal side of the resort is definitely working on photo ops. Diagon Alley, Transformers, MIB, Shrek, Despicable Me (dance party / photo op), Simpsons, the Mummy, Bruce the shark etc...
@NB: I would not say Disney is bilking families for the meet and greets. They are free with admission. Of course, the character meals are not free, but if you're already intending to do table service dining, characters are an added plus to the meal.
I like your comments NB. You hit the nail on the head with every point!! Universal has so much more to offer the vacationing family than that other park and with all the new attractions, it will be the leader in theme parks for years to come.
Personally we have never done any of the meet and greets at Disney, to me they are just wrong and here is why.
Anon, we are the polar opposite of a meet & greet family.... if there is an opportunity for a picture with little or no wait, we will get in line.
I have never waited 30-45 minutes so I don't know what's the problem. You can certainly plan your day. Fastpass+ made it even easier. My wait to see Anna and Elsa was barely anything due to FP+. No 3 hour wait. My wait to Mickey Mouse on Main Street was the same. FP+ is a real life saver.
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