PHOTOS: A long, dark look at Diagon Alley reveals sparkling Harry Potter magic at night in new Universal Orlando land

in Entertainment, Theme Parks, Universal Orlando, Universal Studios Florida

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Tomorrow Universal Orlando will officially grand open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Throughout its recent preview days, visitors have raved about its massively immersive environment, extreme attention to detail, and overall sense of theme park magic.

After dark, all of the best parts of Diagon Alley come to life in bright, vibrant colors, even illuminated by the occasional firework and blast of dragon’s fire. Though a trip through the always-darkened Knockturn Alley results in a mysterious adventure by day or night.

The long exposure photos below give a good look at how Diagon Alley appears at the end of each day, glowing from its London waterfront entrance to Gringotts Bank at the back and everything in between.

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

The fireworks seen above can be seen every night in Diagon Alley, produced from the park’s Cinematic Spectacular lagoon show. They’re not constant bursts, but complimentary to the projected images seen in the show, so patience is required to see them within the Wizarding World.

The dragon perched atop Gringotts Bank breathes fire every 15 minutes or so and while it’s possible that someday moment will happen at the same time as a fireworks burst, it’s not currently specifically timed that way. So through a little photo compositing magic, the photos below offer a look at what that double pyrotechnics event would look like.

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at night in Universal Orlando

Click here for an exhaustive look at all entertainment throughout Diagon Alley, including the Hogwarts Express, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride, interactive wands, merchandise, food, drinks, and much more.

More photos of Diagon Alley at night at Universal Orlando:

9 Comments

  1. Kyle Linder

    Awesome photos! Love the one with the dragon and fireworks in the same shot.

  2. Ricky, Diagon Alley looks AWESOME at night but please, please, please clean your lenses before shooting!! :)

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Oh trust me – I’m aware of the nastiness in some of these shots. The sad thing is I did clean the heck out of my lens. The artifacts are from the cheap wide angle lens add-on I was using to shoot these. It screws on top of my kit lens. Not the best solution around. Needless to say, I will be investing in a better lens as soon as possible.

  3. Stacey Bertran

    Yes indeed Awesome photos !! You could make some extra cash selling your camera shots. Thank you so much for the coverage

    – JediStaceyB

    twitter: Real_RacyStacey

  4. Robbie

    Ricky, great coverage of this new land. Do you think Disney will start stepping it up in creating great interactive areas and new attractions like this? The speed aof universal doing these areas and great world class attractions is blowing Disney away.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I don’t think Disney will directly respond to Diagon Alley. They are still millions of visitors ahead every year and will just keep doing what they do. I’m sure they have tremendous Star Wars plans in the works, but not for several years.

  5. GS

    Thank you!
    Thank you!
    Great job covering as much as humanly possible.
    Most sites choose to focus on Disney or Universal but you realize the dynamic between the two and how important it is to the theme park industry and those of us who are deciding where to spend our money on our next Orlando trip.
    It is appreciated.

  6. Fascinating photos! I recently visited Diagon Alley and had more fun than I could ever imagine! It just makes you feel so amazing and magical the second you enter Diagon Alley! I really enjoyed looking at these great pictures! Nice work! 😀

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