The Harry Potter franchise might have officially ended back in 2011 with the final films being made, but that doesn’t mean Potterheads were any less excited when they found out last year there would be an expansion at Orlando’s Universal Studios. The expansion would bring the world of Diagon Alley to life just like they has with Hogwarts.
Tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m., the amusement park will be holding a live webcast that will help fans dive deeper into the new addition which is scheduled to open in Summer 2014. Promotion teasers for it can be seen below.
Attendees will now get the opportunity to become Hogwarts students and travel between ‘London’/Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade/Hogwarts aboard the Hogwarts Express (and a park to park ticket).
The new area will feature shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the books and films. Just like when they made The Wizarding World, the creative team behind the new attractions worked closely with Warner Bros. and the production design team that worked on the films.
“I’m so pleased that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proved so popular to date, and I’m sure that the attention to detail in creating the new Diagon Alley area will make this an even better experience,” said J.K. Rowling about the addition to the already impressive Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
“We are continuing the journey and adding an entirely new level of adventure,” said Tom Williams, Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts. “And we are bringing the same drive, commitment, enthusiasm and innovation to this project as we did to the first.”
To watch the sneak peek straight from the people at Universal Studios with special guests James Phelps, Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis, head over here and we hope to see you at Hogwarts.