When will Diagon Alley Open? What will it be like? How many Harry Potter souvenirs can I carry? The list of questions continue. The official answer is Summer 2014, but can we narrow that down? With the Summer approaching quickly, the theme park world is looking on to one main location, Diagon Alley.
So What is inside the Wizarding World’s Diagon Alley Expansion?
In terms of attractions there are 4 main parts.
- Diagon Alley
- Knockturn Alley
- Kings Cross Station
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
The term attraction is used to cover an array of items here. Most people will be thinking about the rides, while Universal Studios are including the place setting. This is as important as the high speed roller coasters as it is what made the Islands of Adventure counter part so popular.
Kings Cross Station
This is where guests will be greeted by a Hogwarts representative and shown into a carriage on board the Hogwarts Express. The Short distance train ride will transport you magically from the hustle and bustle of London across the countryside and on to the Sanctuary of HogsMeade. The implementation of this attraction has meant work commencing in both parks. A rumoured suggestion is that the ride will be randomized, with video footage, that could mean upto 400 possible combinations of the scenery.
Think shopping, eating and posing. Here is the main route through to the big ride. But it is not going to be just a wide path to the goal. Diagon Alley will be the most immersive street in Floridian Theme Park history. The height of the buildings will shield you from the sun and give the shaded atmosphere, Harry would expect. Guests will be able to visit the Leaky Cauldron for a British bite to eat or Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour for an… Ice Cream. At the far end of Diagon Alley is Gringotts Bank, host to the much anticipated ride “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts”
The Leaky Cauldron will Serve food of a british style
Cuisine: Cottage pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, Scotch eggs, stew, and much more.
Children’s Menu: Fish and chips, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and more
Service Type: Buffeteria
Dining Hours: Lunch and Dinner daily
Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour
Enjoy Breakfast pastries and unusually unique ice cream Flavours. These include, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry and Peanut Butter. Sharp eyed potter fans will have seen some of the flavours already in Hogsmeade.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Although there isn’t a lot of in depth information available. Universal have said that the Gringotts ride will be a multi-sensory, multi directional ride. One thing for sure is that it should resemble something along the line of the film’s version of the Vault.
The mood is darker in this part of the world. This gloomy back street is home to all accessories and supplies that any practitioner of the dark arts would need. You’ll be able to find Borgin and Burkes, the Dark Arts speciality shop here. Where shelves will be stocked with Death Eater Masks.
Whether it’s pencil sketches you’ve seen, paintings, computer renderings or over the fence photographs. Everything coming out of Universal Studios is exactly what we were hoping for and we were expecting something amazing.
When Will Diagon Alley Open?
The most likely scenario is that the Grand opening will be the Beginning of July 2014. Although there has been rumoured delays in some of the attraction (nothing confirmed). From what we’ve heard Universal will not allow this delay to become a problem. The technology involved in the “Escape from Gringotts” will push the boundaries again, just like “The Forbidden Journey” did. When your doing something impressive sometimes there are teething issues. We can’t wait to see this BIG attraction open.
We’re excited for the opening, are you? Are you looking forward for to Diagon Alley Open? Will it live up to your expectations? Let us know below.