Diagon Alley Opening Date!

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We’ve all been waiting for the Diagon Alley opening date, and here it is…

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley will be opening July 8, 2014!!!

The Today Show has been broadcasting live all morning from Diagon Alley, and posting great video and pictures on Twitter!

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From the @UniversalOrlando Twitter Account

For the next few days the Universal Orlando Resort is hosting a Media Event, and if you haven’t been following along you should!!! The # to follow is #DiagonAlleyPreview.

Diagon Alley is home to two great attractions, new merchandise locations, and new restaurants.

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a multi-dimensional 3-D family thrill ride that is protected by a fire-breathing Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon.

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Enter Gringotts bank beneath the massive fire-breathing dragon at the far end of Diagon Alley. Inside Gringotts you’ll walk through the bank’s grand marble lobby and see goblins hard at work. Then, get ready to take a journey through cavernous passageways that lead deep underground as you climb aboard Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

This new, multi-dimensional 3D thrill ride puts you right in the middle of the action as you face the bank’s stringent security measures while navigating the perilous underground vaults. You’ll encounter Harry, Ron, and Hermione along the way, but you’ll have to evade the wrath of malicious villains Voldemort™ and Bellatrix as well as trolls and other creatures who stand between you and a safe return to Diagon Alley.

The Hogwarts Express will take guests between the two parks of the Universal Orlando Resort (admission to both parks is required to ride on the Hogwarts Express) in a way that you had never imagined.

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From the @UniversalOrlando Twitter Account

This will be the first time that Muggles are allowed to board the famous train that’s such an important part of the Harry Potter™ stories. Guests will travel on the iconic steam engine through the urban outskirts of London to the charming village of Hogsmeade, replicating one of the memorable elements of Harry Potter’s school life. The Hogwarts Express connects the two locations in the two theme parks.

There is a menagerie of shops coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley! I don’t know which one I am the most excited about!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

See a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders wand shop. Pick up magical jokes and novelty items at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Find all your wizardwear needs at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. Bring home a furry, feathered, or scaly creature from the Magical Menagerie™. Search for supplies at Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment. And gather all your gaming gear at Quality Quidditch Supplies.

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Practitioners of the Dark Arts will find everything they need down the gloomy Knockturn Alley, featuring the infamous shop, Borgin and Burkes.

And what would a new addition to the Universal Orlando Resort be without new restaurants and unique foods?

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From the @UniversalOrlando Twitter Account

Jim Hill Media posted an awesome preview of all that you can find on Diagon Alley. I am going to RUN to get Butterbeer ice cream!!!

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What are you most looking forward to at the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley?

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