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Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm planning an all-out trip to Orlando next year (it's taken a couple years to get the money together) and it's best for me to go mid to late June, is there a likelihood the expansion will be open then? I heard someone say it'll open in July by which time I'll be back home but it was unconfirmed. Any help?

You’re practically more than set with the current construction timeline playing out as it is. But if there are delays, which no one can predict, Universal has until the end of summer to open the expansion (this, you should note, is simply a caveat). Best of luck, and we’ll see you then in the Alley!

EDIT: Just so you know, the best time (absolutely the BEST time) to go to the parks is in September. During the summer, the crowds will be very, very large. This is coming from experience as a team member and as a guest. Plan intelligently!

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Aerial Construction Photos

OrlandoUnited contributors – the same ones who made headlines during Phase I construction for their innovative helicopter shots – crowdfunded what we hope will be the first of several helicopter rides to snap some photos earlier this week.

This article rounds up the best photos from WWoHP construction so far and discusses some new information. Check it out!

Have you given this a look yet? Things! They’re happening! Whoa!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Aerial Construction Photos

OrlandoUnited contributors – the same ones who made headlines during Phase I construction for their innovative helicopter shots – crowdfunded what we hope will be the first of several helicopter rides to snap some photos earlier this week.

This article rounds up the best photos from WWoHP construction so far and discusses some new information. Check it out!

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WWoHP: Diagon Alley Update!

We’re working on getting this blog more active as WWoHP construction picks up, but for now check out this article rounding up some awesome new developments! It includes aerial shots, construction development and some interesting details.

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Anonymous asked: I feel privileged that I got to experience WWOHP before its original opening date. I visited the 1st of June 2010 when they did dry runs letting few people in for 2 hours it was awesome

I got to visit on the 14th during the official soft openings as well. :)

Everyone should probably pay attention to this blog for soft opening dates. We have a few extendable ears in places.

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heirofwesteros asked: When will all of that be done? The expansion? And will they have a grand reopening with the cast again?

  • Most likely June 2014, aka WWoHP’s fourth anniversary.
  • Not a grand reopening, but rather another grand opening for the expansion. Nothing in the original WWoHP will be closed before the opening of Phase II.

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Anonymous asked: Hi, I was in WWOHP like 2 days ago and one of the workers was telling me loads of stuff that will be there. 2 new roller coasters, gringotts 3D ride. 18 new shops, hogwarts express leading to restaurant etc. they are leaking loads out now

Mkay, that worker gave you wholly inaccurate information. Being one myself, I can tell you what you really want to know without any inaccuracies:

  • There will be the Hogwarts Express connecting Hogsmeade Station (Islands of Adventure) and King’s Cross Station (Universal Studios Florida). This is one of the two main attractions.
  • The second is the Gringotts Bank ride. It will be kind of like a combination of Transformers and Revenge of the Mummy rides, and will host a 1:1 recreation of Gringotts and all its halls and corridors. This is the flagship attraction of the “London side” expansion.
  • The Leaky Cauldron, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and the original Ollivanders will also be making appearances. There will be more shops, and a walk through of Knockturn Alley.
And that’s all you need to know.

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Going Back to Hogwarts: Expectations for Diagon Alley

I joined the LeakyNews staff yesterday, just in time for the big WWoHP news. This is one of my first posts— a look at what we can look forward to from the Diagon Alley expansion.

If being able to finally go to Hogwarts was mind-blowing back in 2010, let’s consider the fact that in a year’s time we’ll be able to withdraw some money at Gringotts, board the Hogwarts Express, and travel toward Hogwarts the same way Harry did.

We’re going to be able to grab a bite at the Leaky Cauldron, probably while checking LeakyNews on our phones. We’ll be able to spend hours at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, visit the original Ollivander’s, and maybe hit Hogsmeade for some butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.

As opening day approaches, we’ll bring our wands, scarves, and white button-ups out of the closet. We’ll be abuzz once again, exchanging plans and counting down. We’ll be speculating, debating, and waiting.

This is the magic many feared– but never truly believed– would end with the last book in 2007 or the last film in 2011. This is the stuff that brings us together, brings the wizards and witches out of the woodwork, and reminds us where our loyalties lie.

What are you expecting from Diagon Alley? Let us know in the comments over there! I’ll talk back. It’ll be a party.

OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED ON UNIVERSAL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY IS COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT. Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world. Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.

Basically, we told you so. Oh, and yeah, it’s going to be absolutely amazing.

OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED ON UNIVERSAL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY IS COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT. 

Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world. 

Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.


Basically, we told you so. Oh, and yeah, it’s going to be absolutely amazing.

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taketotheopenroad asked: Do you guys know what they're doing with the Universal Studios in Osaka? I was there in December and all I saw was a huge rectangular-ish building that was being built.

That is the WWoHP that will be open there as well. The timeline seems to include both the Osaka Phase I copy as well as the Phase II expansion in Orlando for next year, and then the Hollywood Phase I copy.