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Diagon Alley walls disappear at Universal Orlando, unveiling London waterfront, Knight Bus, more Harry Potter magic

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

This morning Universal Orlando took the first major step toward the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry PotterDiagon Alley expansion by removing the construction walls surrounding the London waterfront embankment.

Though Diagon Alley itself is still completely hidden from view behind a row of facades, the London buildings and courtyard are no less impressive, packed with details and a few magical touches.


Video: London waterfront overview for Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando


Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Replicated in a massive scale are the fronts of King’s Cross Station, Charing Cross Road (leading to the Leaky Cauldron), Grimmauld Place (home of the Black family), Leicester Square Station for the London Underground, and Wyndham’s Theatre along with several other mock storefronts.

The Eros Fountain from Piccadilly Circus is also recreated as a centerpiece to the area alongside the famed Knight Bus.

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Dangling inside the Knight Bus is a shrunken head, straight out of the “Harry Potter” films, currently inaccessible but soon to be interacting with guests in a Caribbean accent, one of the few touches that makes it clear this London area isn’t entirely for Muggles.

Guests will access the Hogwarts Express train via King’s Cross Station to travel to the Islands of Adventure side of the Wizarding World in the new Hogsmeade station. But neither the Hogwarts Express nor the rest of Diagon Alley have soft opened just yet.

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Inside Grimmauld Place, house of Kreacher occasionally peeks out of Sirius Black’s window, seen below from a few weeks ago.


Video: Animatronic Kreacher house elf peeks from Diagon Alley window at Universal Orlando


Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

A menu board for an outdoor vending cart also reveals some of the food that will be served in this area, all British fare of course.

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

It’s all a big change from the former Amity area that housed the Jaws ride just a couple years ago.

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Spotted inside the newly revealed area this morning was a Universal Orlando photographer and Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

Woodbury quickly disappeared behind one of the entrances to Diagon Alley, soon to be packed with people.

Diagon Alley London waterfront at Universal Orlando

No official opening date has been announced for Diagon Alley either. A press preview is scheduled next week, June 17-19, with a public opening likely to follow shortly thereafter. Soft openings could happen any day or time with no guarantees.

More photos from the London embankment of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida:

10 Comments

  1. Mark Cross

    This is wonderful news! I can NOT tell you how much my family is looking forward to seeing this extention of the HP world open up!

  2. star-w

    this is going to be big!

  3. Freddy

    I’ll be going to Universal everyday and standing in front on the entrance all day hoping to catch a soft opening!

  4. Jamie

    2.99 for a bag of crisps? Now surely they mean chips, i.e. French Fries??

    1. Frostysnowman

      No, chips are fries. Crisps are indeed potato chips.

    2. Jeff Lynch

      I’m laughing because you don’t know that crisps are chips and you also are surprised that they cost $2.99 in a theme park. What rock have you been under?

  5. Frostysnowman

    Ack! Squeee!! Can’t wait till our trip this fall!

  6. Chris

    For anyone wanting to go on opening day and didn’t see what happened last time, Google image search ‘harry potter universal opening’ to see why you should reconsider. 😮

  7. Caroline

    We booked our honeymoon in Disneyworld this summer before it was announced this would be happending and OH MY GOODNESS I AM GOING TO CRY ALL OF THE TEARS!!! Cannot wait!

  8. Aton Evans

    Why does the Hogwarts Express train have backwards movement from the Hogsmeade Station to Kings Cross Station. Why can’t it just be the regular forward way for both trips like all regular trains that u see everyday in your hometown instead of rolling backwards.

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