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Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando

Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Orlando © Universal Orlando Resort
© Universal Orlando Resort
Artwork of Diagon Alley
The intense success of the theme area The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure is set to be continued in the upcoming year already: right next to it, at the sister park Universal Studios Orlando, another area of the most famous wizard pupil in the world is being built with a very special concept which is supposed to combine the world of magic and muggle.

To remember: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter consists of a replica of the illustrious Hogwards Castle, including its wizardarding school and the Hogsmeade Village. Pupils get to this magical place by Hogwarts Express, a train station which begins in London on a hidden rail track. That's exactly the place where the new theme area of the Universal Studios Orlando continues. London had been created, or rather its Diagon Alley, a shopping alley, which is not visible for normal people, and where wizard pupils can get their magic materials.

Trip to Hogwards

The main attraction of this newly built theme area is supposed to be in the Gringotts Bank, run by goblins, located in the Diagon Alley. Unfortunately, further details are not released yet, but those knowing the latest book of Harry Potter could well imagine an indoor coaster. The dragon painted in the artworks, which has an important part in the last book as well, should, so says Thierry Coup, Executive Creative Director of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, become realistic indeed - with plenty of special effects. Fire may possibly be one of them.

A special coup is of course the construction of Kings Cross Station and the opportunity of travelling from London to Hogwards by Hogwarts Express. The route will lead through the backstage area of the parks. However, visitors won't be aware of it, because the trip will be filled with tons of special effects making the illusion of taking a real trip from England to Scotland somewhat realistic. In order to experience this attraction, visitors need to pay for both Universal Parks. This is definitely a clever financial move, because guests are most likely to buy a Hopper Pass.

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