With a few Harry Potter fans in my house, the opening of Diagon Alley in the summer of 2014 is highly anticipated.
Hogsmeade is currently open in the Islands of Adventure Universal Theme Park and Diagon Alley will be completed in the summer of 2014 along with the new 1950’s Beach Themed Resort, Cabana Bay.
The new Cabana Bay Resort will include 900 family suites and 900 guest rooms. With a bowling alley, 2 pools & even a lazy river your family will be constantly entertained at this new resort.
Once the new Diagon Alley part of Universal theme park is opened, guests with a park hopper pass will be able to ride the Hogwart’s Express between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. The Hogwart’s Express will run from Kings Cross Station, platform 9 3/4 and from the Hogsmead Station. The train promises to be just like the film in every detail.
Diagon Alley will have wondrous new shops, restaurants and even include Nocturn Alley from the dark side of Harry Potter. If you are brave enough to enter Nocturn Alley, you can purchase things like your very own Death Eater Mask.
I can say from personal experience that the dining experience at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade was authentic and reflective of what I would have pictured it to be. Now you will be able to dine at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. I can’t wait to try it out.
Perhaps one of the largest, most popular attractions in the new Diagon Alley will be Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringots bank. This new attraction will delight and thrill park guests in a multi sensory experience. Perhaps this new attraction will spread out the crowds from the popular Forbidden Journey ride in Hogsmeade.
whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is defiantly worth a visit for any family. If you are not a fan when you arrive, you will likely be a fan when you leave.
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by Melissa Mathies