Universal Offers Sneak Peak at Diagon Alley

Rendering of Kings Cross station.

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 Brigante’s Inside the Magic. He’s also included a nicely done video that gives you some good views of the construction; it’s accompanied by appropriately Potteresque music!

Ken Pilcher’s Local 6 Theme World has concept renderings including a look at the inside of the trains and the inside of King’s Cross train station, as well as glimpses of what the new ride, Harry Potter & the Escape from Gringotts Bank, will look like. Insiders tell Pilcher it’s supposed to be “groundbreaking and thrilling, but family friendly.”

Also included in the new park will be Knockturn Alley and the shop Borgin and Burkes, which will specialize in the Dark Arts.

Naturally, there will be food – a Leaky Cauldron restaurant and Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour for those with a sweet tooth, plus various Potter-themed shops, all resembling the ones in the films.

Here’s the video from the special Potter website that provides details about Diagon Alley. Get comfy. It’s a little over 20 minutes long.

Most importantly, Pilcher provides details on admission costs: Universal says that guests must buy a two-park pass to ride the Hogwart’s Express at all. That represents a $35 increase in the ticket price per fan.

Opening is expected this summer.

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