On the Road to Diagon Alley: We're in the air!
We are in the air on our way to Orlando now for the media preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. We'll be getting our first look inside the new land during a celebrity red-carpet and "opening moment" ceremony Wednesday night, featuring some of the stars of the Harry Potter films.
The more traditional method of transport to Diagon Alley.
Then we will be inside the new land at Universal Studios Florida again all day on Thursday, having lunch in the Leaky Cauldron, taking pictures, shooting video and preparing reports that we will be bringing you here on ThemeParkInsider.com. So, please, keep reading, and tell your theme park-loving friends to check us out this week for all your Harry Potter Diagon Alley news and previews.
What's got you most excited for Diagon Alley? Tell us in the comments, and we'll use your feedback to help us prioritize our coverage over the week, including our live Tweeting.
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Everything.....I'm looking so forward to this! Have a good flight and shoot some great photos and videos like always for us all in the upper states and beyond....
We definitely need an impartial bangers and mash comparison between the Leaky Cauldron and Finnigans. The public deserves to know!!!
Could you please check out the Gringots ride and tell me how much stress there will be on the body. Will it have coaster elements like bend turns or is it mostly simulated?
Be safe, Mr. Niles.... and try not to catch Hogwarts! ;)
Great question, OT.
I think the key areas or unknowns for me would be how they handle Express Pass for both Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express.
Have a safe flight. Can't wait to hear your first impressions and descriptions after finally getting to experience it first-hand; and in person. I'm excited about all of it...the entire land, the detailed architecture, the shops, the restaurant, the entertainment offerings, and especially the train stations and GRINGOT'S ride/coaster. This is the most excited I've been about a theme-park experience here in the states since the last Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at IOA and Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Hope it has a smooth opening and can't wait until September to enjoy it myself. Looking forward to your report...again; have a safe trip!!
You will have to sample everything including the new interactive wands, the shows, the meet and greets, and the food. I will look forward to your report.
Voted for TPI!!
Hi Robert, I would love to hear more specifics about Knockturn Alley & Carkitt Market -- regarding logistics & retail offerings. Also, understanding how a large influx of people will pass through the brick wall into Diagon Alley would be much appreciated.
I would like to know , how advance is gonna be the technology for gringotts, because universal is promising a breakthrough of technology with this ride, have a safe flight.
We've arrived, and are settled in. Had dinner at the new Vivo in CityWalk, which I will post tomorrow night.
Robert...If you make it to I Drive 360 let me know. Would love to have you visit Kings.
I've heard a rumor about a Ministry of Magic second expansion coming down the road. Just a rumor, mind you.
Robert, I hope that in wake of all the Harry Potter excitement, you don't forget to check out Springfield at the Studios. As a huge fan of The Simpsons, that has me more excited about my next Universal trip (whenever that may be) and I'd love to hear your thoughts on that.
It seems like the opening of Diagon Alley is getting more attention than Hogsmeade. Just watched Jimmy Fallon... it's going to be a week long commercial for my favorite resort...
Bobby - Watch out for the Dementors...
Thank you so much for all the great coverage. Your site is wonderful. I'm sure you will cover this, but I am very interested in the things that can't be captured in pictures. What is the feel of the theme? Any different than other parks or have they captured something new?
Are we still unsure of the opening date?
Can we ride or at least get on the knight bus??
Opening date just announced: July 8. Given that Universal hotel guests have booked packages with Diagon Alley access starting June 29, I expect there to be soft openings before the 8th.
As for the Knight Bus, it doesn't look like you'll be able to get on, beyond standing on the steps for a photo op with the conductor.
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