I have never been one to accept the premise that Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando "compete" in the classic sense. The whole "which is better" debate has become a tired discussion board cliche. But there are whispers in the air. Rumors about a scenario that must make execs at WDI and WDW ill at ease. Casual chatter is claiming that Harry Potter Diagon Alley is slated to have a soft opening some time in the next five weeks. That could create a situation where the new addition to Universal could welcome its first guests BEFORE the Dwarf Mine Train coaster in Fantasyland. The likelihood of this scenario gets credibility from additional rumors that the new Magic Kingdom attraction is suffering from technical problems. Can you say, "Disco Dopey?" Should this scenario play out the echo chamber of the worldwide web would magnify the situation by chatting up rumors of a new Kong attraction that could be up and running before Disney Animal Kingdom's Pandora, expansion of the Star Wars footprint at Disney Hollywood Studios or any much needed improvements at EPCOT's woeful Future World. If Diagon Alley opens first ... the historic reputation of Walt Disney Imagineering will certainly be fairly bruised.Tweet
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