Gather round Muggles for some HUGE news. Building on the world-wide success of the Harry Potter franchise and the popularity of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced today that they will be creating an entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley!!
Scheduled to open in 2014, it will be the the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be expanded across both Universal Orlando theme parks!!!! The new attraction will welcome visitors to Diagon Alley – the fictional London shopping area where Harry learns about his illustrious family history – allow guests to tour Gringotts Bank (which hopefully will be a ride!!) and other retail outlets, they’ll then be able to board a train — from Platform 9¾, of course — for the ride over to Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts School at Universal Studios via the Hogwarts Express.
Now, everyone knows that I love Disney, but I am more excited about this than words can say!! I visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter a few years ago, and the themeing is amazing. It is like you are walking into the books…and what amazing books they are!! So stay tuned for more updates as they become available, and until then read the books again 🙂