Now people won't have to wait in a line for their entire visit to the park! They can enjoy other attractions and come back at a certain time. And assuming they will be doing crowd control like before, the lines inside of the park shouldn't be ridiculous even on the most popular days.
Any bets on how late the park will stay open on opening day?
Jon in Denver CO
I would imagine that once you're in DA, they can't kick you out. Most guests that are staying for multiple days or who have already experienced the other park attractions will "camp out" for the day in Diagon Alley -- or at least, that's what I would do!
There is a section of the overflow crowd procedures that if the land is closed due to capacity, there is a special waiting section at both train stations where they will put you. You can either go back on the train or wait for the land to reopen again.
It will also be interesting to see how they handle HHN. My thought is that they may close entry to Diagon Alley from USF but they could keep it open for people coming on the train from IOA.
DA will be closed for HHN. There's no good way to keep the pathway in front of London open while restricting access into DA from people riding over on the Hogwarts Express.
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) showed up for pre-event photo ops in May 2010, but not for the June press event. J.K. Rowling was at the celebrity opening ceremony, but did not do a press conference.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) has done a promo video for Diagon Alley and was at the Japan announcement event, so I'd include her on the possibility list for next week, too. Domhnall Gleeson is in the Gringotts preshow as Bill Weasley, so I'd put him on the list of possibles, too.
I'd love to see Helena Bonham Carter, since she appears in the ride as Bellatrix, as well as Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort). But I'd be surprised if either were there.
And if Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith were to show up, my life would be complete. :^)
And yes, to the four anonymous posters who are wise to Universal's nefarious scheme, the train is indeed an upcharge attraction and yes, a very expensive one at that. :(
If they do open at the same time, by the time I've done the ride, (that being the first go-to after arrival, of course), would there be any time left in the early opening window to try to make it to IOA to do the Forbidden Journey? Would it even be possible to fit both in that first hour? Then maybe return to Diagon Alley before the masses arrive? Naturally, my priority would be Diagon Alley having done IOA, but I'm just curious.
Many thanks for all your very useful information.