Diagon Alley to open officially on July 8
ORLANDO — The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will open officially to the public on July 8.
Harry Potter film stars Matthew Lewis, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, and Evanna Lynch were on hand this morning at Universal Orlando Resort to make the announcement at the Diagon Alley Preview press event. They will join other Potter cast members at the red carpet event this evening. That event will be live streamed by Universal Orlando, from 8-9pm Eastern Time.
Theme Park Insider will be there to cover the event tonight, the celebration afterward, and the media preview access to the new land tomorrow. Please tell us in the comments what you'd like to see up feature on the front page of the site!
Twitter commentors have noted that Universal has been selling Harry Potter packages starting June 29. Let's remember that the same thing happened when Hogsmeade opened. Universal had booked Potter hotel deals for stays that happened before what turned out to be the official opening on June 18, 2010. But people who had those packages were able to visit the original Wizarding World on a restricted soft-open basis. I would expect to see the same situation here, with soft openings to accommodate Universal hotel guests (and perhaps others!), starting later this month.
Best to wait a few months, imho.... the rumors of technical difficulties on the Gringott's dark ride persist. Give USO a few more months to work out the kinks.
Robert, could this "others" you are referring to perhaps be AP previews? That would be awesome if you could make that happen for me!
would like to see some of the ice-cream that they have or the shop fronts i would also suggest to everyone avoid going in Sept as thats when i'm going and would like the queues to be shorter :)
Dang it! My family and I are going next week, and I was really looking forward to checking this out. But you never know. We still might be able to check it out during a soft opening if one is available when we're there.
already planning on visiting 7/13, hopefully a little less of a zoo on a sunday morning, however i suspect even if we are there at rope drop (not staying on property so we miss out on an hour) the lines are going to be crazy
What rumors of Gringotts technical difficulties?
@Nick a quick scan of the www or listen to a few theme park podcasts and you'll get the rumors. Issues have been mentioned in relation to programming, electrical setup, timing, the ride manufacturer, etc. It's all very vague but persistent. And when you think back to all the issues Universal had with the Hogwarts bench ride when it first opened, you should prepare for the worst. Technological advances don't come without some trials, that fact cannot be denied. Best to be safe and plan your trip accordingly.
Of course the main thing I want to see is Robert's review of the Gringotts ride!
Robert, is the Hogwarts Express explicitly included in the July 8 opening? Previous advertising always seemed to separate Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Express into 2 different entities. Will/can the Hogwarts Express be an earlier or later opening?
Does anyone know if the new Gringotts ride will accept the Unlimited Express Pass for guests of the Universal hotels?
WOW.... We fully expected Diagon Alley to be open by the last week of June, which is why we pushed our date back another whole month to July 29th...
Emily, I don't know officially, but they've never allowed the express pass on whatever the newest ride is in either park because it simply wouldn't be express because everyone would stay at the hotels to get on the ride faster.
I have a feeling that the single rider line will be popular (if the new ride has one).
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.