Long Lines Don’t Faze Diagon Alley Fans

The Orlando Sentinel captured the excitement of the July 8 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. The new attraction was christened with welcoming remarks by Universal president Bill Davis, fireworks, and confetti.

The heat and long lines – there was a two-hour wait to get into the park and 7 1/2-hour wait for the Escape from Gringotts Bank ride – didn’t deter fans’ enthusiasm. Nor did the occasional technical glitches in the signature ride, described by Universal spokesman Tom Schroder as “not unusual for a highly sophisticated ride.”

There were the wands (at $45 a pop), which worked or didn’t, depending on its user, and the food, where guests lined up at the Leaky Caldron to chow down the ploughman’s lunch.

Potter celebrities were absent, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the many guests; Universal does not release attendance numbers.

Diagon Alley is included with the regular admission to Universal Studios, which is $96 for a one-day ticket, $90 for children, but the cost jumps to $136 and $130 for visits to both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

Check out the Sentinel’s video clip:


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