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Old 05-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #16
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From the folks at UOR:

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY IS COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT.

Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.

Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.”


As exciting as this is, I MISS JAWS!
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #17
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I really hope they do some soft openings in May 2014 when we go.. although it would be an excellent excuse to go back the following spring
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Did anyone notice this in the article? "may take cues from the scene in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," where Harry and his friends are chased by a dragon along a mine cart-like track through the bank's vast, underground vaults."

Seriously? Did the person even READ the book (or see the movie)? Journalists....
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:05 PM   #19
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Did anyone notice this in the article? "may take cues from the scene in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," where Harry and his friends are chased by a dragon along a mine cart-like track through the bank's vast, underground vaults."

Seriously? Did the person even READ the book (or see the movie)? Journalists....
I actually thought the same thing when I read the article, but bit my tongue. Drives me crazy when reporters don't get their facts straight, especially with Harry Potter
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:18 PM   #20
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I've been excited about the expansion for awhile now, now that it's official I am even more excited. I'm hoping for it to be open before Oct 2014 so I can do WWoHP, HHN (been 2 years since my last one) and WDW ToT 10 miler
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I'm not even a big Harry Potter fan and I'm more excited about this expansion than probably any other new theme park attraction,ever!!The attractions,theme, dining and how will the Hogwarts express train work running between the parks makes this a historic addition.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:54 PM   #22
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WHEN in 2014 do you think it will be ready? I missed Despicable Me by 2 days last year and don't want to repeat that.
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WHEN in 2014 do you think it will be ready? I missed Despicable Me by 2 days last year and don't want to repeat that.
You'd think they would try to get it open before the big summer crowds, but I don't think we'll know for a bit yet.
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WHEN in 2014 do you think it will be ready? I missed Despicable Me by 2 days last year and don't want to repeat that.
Of course this is a total guess, original WWoHP opened June 2010, Despicable Me Minions Mayhem July 2012 and Transformers June 2013 so my guess would be in the June/ July time frame
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Of course this is a total guess, original WWoHP opened June 2010, Despicable Me Minions Mayhem July 2012 and Transformers June 2013 so my guess would be in the June/ July time frame
That's what I'm thinking too. It will definitely steal Disney's thunder when they open the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster in fall of 2014.
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So excited that it's official. We are scheduled for a trip in January, 2014 and now have to schedule another one the following year!!!!
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That's what I'm thinking too. It will definitely steal Disney's thunder when they open the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster in fall of 2014.


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Old 05-08-2013, 09:16 PM   #28
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From the helicopter news footage, it looks like the new Diagon Alley area will be bigger than Hogsmeade....

What do you think?
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:36 PM   #29
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Was shocked to hear that WWOHP 2.0 would be ready in 2014 until Universal started taking reservations for Cabana Bay Beach Resort for next march. The only reason to fast track that hotel so fast is because something huge would be coming and they would need room.
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From the helicopter news footage, it looks like the new Diagon Alley area will be bigger than Hogsmeade....

What do you think?
It sure looks like it and I would hope so,the shops in Hogsmeade are just way too small.I remember riding the Flying Unicorn (Flight of the Hippogriff) when Potter phase 1 was starting construction and just looking at the area it was supposed to be built in and wondering where they will put everything that was rumored to be built,castle and all.That's not a very big area but they did the best job they could in making it seem bigger than it is,the former Jaws area appears to be a good amount bigger.
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