Universal Orlando Announces Diagon Alley Expansion for 2014


May 08, 2013

Posted by Melissa Anelli

Long-rumored and all but confirmed, the Diagon Alley expansion to Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been officially announced.

LeakyCon 2014 will be there. (But don’t miss 2013 in Portland; you can register right here!)

11 Responses to Universal Orlando Announces Diagon Alley Expansion for 2014

Avatar ImageMelissa Anelli says: YESSSSAvatar ImageMelissa Anelli says: YESSSSAvatar Imagewhysosirius says: I still haven't been at all yet but this is so exciting!! Avatar ImageCloakKnight says: Oh man, I'm so excited! I haven't been there myself but I would love to at least go to LeakyCon 2014!Avatar Imagesessionka says: So will they move Ollivander's to where it really belongs? I just may go to Leaky Con Next Year.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Time to start saving my pennies, I guess! I would really like it if Ollivander's could be retooled so that everyone could go through the wand-selection process, not just one person out of each group of 20 or so. But I can't think how they would do it so that you didn't have to stand in line for a week. And I would love it if there were more shops that you could really walk into and examine the wizarding merchandise, even if it isn't actual souvenirs that you can buy. The storefront windows for nonexistent shops in Hogsmeade in Orlando are just such a tease. Maybe Diagon Alley isn't the place for it, but my dream HP attraction would be a 'quest' where your group actually has to solve some sort of puzzle to move from room to room, like the Trio did in pursuit of the Stone. And the puzzles would have to keep changing, since people would undoubtedly publish spoilers online. Oh, and the Leaky Cauldron needs to have live wrock performers, and there need to be buskers in the streets singing songs of the Potterverse!Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Just in general, I think that to engage the generation that has grown up on video and computer games, theme parks ought to be designing attractions that are more interactive, rather than passive 'rides.' Also, WWoHP devotes entirely too much space to merchandising rather than entertaining. Does there really need to be a place to buy wands every 50 feet?Avatar ImageMad But Happy says: My fiance and I have been saving to visit Universal/Disney for a while now... I guess we'll have to go once this expansion is done!Avatar ImagePollyC says: In the article, the closeup of the artist's rendering of the future 'London' and Diagon Alley looks fun. The dragon atop Gringott's bank, breathing fire is a nice touch, as is the triple-decker bus and Nelson's column in a mini-Trafalgar Square. I loved seeing the Hogwarts Express at the WWoHP, but I'd love to be able to ride it from London to Hogsmead. I do also wonder if Ollivander's will be moved from Hogsmead to Diagon Alley. Zonko's Joke shop was cute, but I'd much rather explore Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. The Three Broomsticks was a fun place to eat and drink Butterbeer, but to hangout in the Leaky Cauldron would, of course, be the ultimate experience!!!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Verrrry cool indeed! Avatar ImageHarryPotterGirl (Hermione) says: Sweet :)

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