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Encore for Harry Potter Celebration

The Celebration of Harry Potter held last year at Universal Orlando was such a success that it bears repeating. Universal Orlando has announced that the second Celebration will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2015. Next year, of course, Potter fans will have the benefit of exploring Diagon Alley. Included in general admission will [...]

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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 [...]

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More Details on Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley

Universal Orlando has yet to announce an exact opening date for its new Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley (beyond this summer), but details continue to … err… leak. This time it’s about the Escape from Gringotts, which is the signature ride of Diagon Alley. According to Universal, it promises to be like no attraction in the [...]

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Universal Previews Hogwarts Express Details

Little by little, Universal Orlando is revealing the story lines behind Hogwarts Express and the new Harry Potter land, Diagon Alley. Snitchseeker.com shared some details from a press event held in New York City. We already know that the train trip will include views as it travels through the Potterly countryside. Now it’s reported that [...]

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Universal Offers Sneak Peak at Diagon Alley

Harry Potter fans have been heading to Universal to catch a glimpse of Diagon Alley’s progress. Universal has helped them along by providing “telephone booths” through which they can view the construction, under way at Universal Studios Florida. The colorful facades of the buildings portraying London are readily apparent as seen in photos from Ricky [...]

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Hogwarts Express: Up Close and Personal

Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic has posted photos of the real life Hogwarts Express as the construction of Diagon Alley progresses at Universal Studios Florida. The Hogwarts Express will take Wizard World of Harry Potter visitors from Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure to Diagon Alley. On the way they will enjoy superimposed views of [...]

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Potterly Prediction? A Harry Potter Hotel

Rich Bilbao of the Orlando Business Journal is dreaming of a Harry Potter-themed hotel. The stars are in alignment, he surmises, given that NBCUniversal, Universal Orlando Resort’s parent company, said it could add more than 10,000 hotel rooms and still make a profit. And a new partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling that [...]

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Ebooks, Apps Vs. Print Guidebooks

Ebooks are probably here to stay, but the larger problem is the decrease in retailers, says the Intrepid Traveler Publisher Kelly Monaghan in an interview with Dewayne Bevil of the Orlando Sentinel. As a result, there’s more of an emphasis on reaching the large Disney fan base. The books published by the Intrepid Traveler are [...]

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Hogwarts Express Taking Shape

The Hogwarts Express is inching toward visibility at Universal Orlando. According to hypable.com, an elevated train track is now visible, the first evidence of real train elements. It’s expected that the Hogwarts Express will connect the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure with the proposed London/Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. Hypable [...]

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Universal Orlando: Home to Construction Cranes!

Attendance at Universal Orlando was up last year and judging by the construction activity, officials are doing everything they can to increase those numbers for the future. Local 6 Theme World and Micechat/Orlando Parkhopper have photo spreads of the activity. Both bloggers commented on the large size of the buildings. Ken Pilcher of Theme World [...]

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