Universal Creative talks about Diagon Alley
Universal Creative President Mark Woodbury and Universal Creative's Dale Mason, executive art director for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, talk with Stuart Craig, Production Designer of the Harry Potter film series, about the creation of Universal's version of Diagon Alley, in this video released today by the Universal Orlando Resort:
Woodbury promised additional updates about Diagon Alley in early 2014. If you can't wait, we've got all the details here and here!
I think this Harry Potter attraction, and the one at IOA, is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the theme park industry. It really raises the bar.
I completely agree Annette. From the looks of it, HP London / Hogsmeade will be nothing short of the most spectacular theme park project of all time. I would love to see Disney put the same effort onto their upcoming Star Wars and Avatar lands. Orlando will be the most immersive theme park destination in the world.
While I'm really looking forward to this new land, Universal spent 5 minutes showing me clips from the films and confirming that the Leaky Caldron will be in the land. I was really looking forward to more...
I couldn't agree more with the first two comments. I don't care that it's Universal who is raising the bar, as long as someone is raising the bar. And to do it in this sort of spectacular fashion is a theme park lover's dream come true! What Universal did with Hogsmeade proved that if you take the time, put in the effort, employ the right creative minds, and really put your money where your mouth is, an extraordinary project can be created. I tend to think Hogsmeade was dipping their big toe into the water, so to speak. If it worked out, they'd have the confidence to go full-steam ahead with London. And it worked out better than anyone could hope.
I hope you are right Annette, but didn't Disney build the Jack Sparrow experience at the Disney Studios after HP phase 1?
Thanks for posting this. I cannot wait for next summer. It's great to see that the creative forces behind this seem as excited about the project as myself.
To the person above: That's a great point!
Whilst the HP themeing is very very good and without doubt I agree with the comments above it raises the bar, however I do feel that the actual HP ride is rather incoherent and just an overload on the senses and left me feeling the ride was actually quite forgetable. I hope more thought goes into the new attraction. I am not a HP fan nor seen the movies so as a critic i'm looking for something to blow me away rather then just a ride that reminds me of a movie. Im hoping for an experience. The only ride in florida that left me feeling like I had really experienced something new and exciting was Toy Story Mania. Im looking for that sort of buzz coming off a ride and thing wow that was awesome.
FJ does seem a little disjointed at first. Basically, you are at Hogwarts when all heck breaks loose. They have to squeeze so much into a short ride. I was a bit confused when I first rode it now I just enjoy the queue and all the ride scenery.
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