Hey Thrill Seekers,
Social Media has been awash with excitement for today’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Webcast ever since James Phelps (Fred Weasley) announced it would be happening.
We’ve speculated a lot on this blog about which details would be announced and finally Universal have confirmed the following;
Confirmation that Universal Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios will be linked via the Hogwarts Express, a multi park ticket will be required.
From the images we saw the attention to detail on the train is amazing as our pictures show. Thierry Coup presented a short walk through of inside the Hogwarts Express, the interior mirrors what you see in the film series.
We all new that the new area was Diagon Alley and London. Universal confirmed this along with a few shops
- Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour
- Flourish & Blotts
- Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions
- Magical Menagerie
- Quality Quidditch Supplies
- Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
They also confirmed that visitors will be able to take a walk on the darkside and visit Knockturn Alley and shop at Borgin and Burkes where Death Eater Masks will be available. One change to the current shops was that that Zonko’s at at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be moved into Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezers at Diagon Alley to allow for an expansion of Honeydukes at WWoHP.
The biggest piece of news was the annoucnement that the new ride at Gringotts will be called “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” and was described as a multi-dimensional ride! I’m also pretty sure that they said the Dragon at Gringotts will breath fire!!! Here are a couple of the artists renderings to give you an idea of the ride.
Still no official launch date but Universal confirmed that more information will be released.