State Of The Universe Recaps Growth and Looks Forward
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Earlier today, top Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Creative executives joined members of the media for the State of The Universe Summit. This exclusive welcome event was held at the Blue Man Group theatre.
It was a chance for our VIP media guests to hear the story behind The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, kicking off this week’s media preview event.
Bill Davis, President and Chief Operating Officer for Universal Orlando Resort, shared an extensive roundup of all of the new additions to the Resort since the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, just four short years ago.
This long list includes the opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D and the new Springfield area at Universal Studios. In addition, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure was relaunched in 4K high-def. And this year, eight new venues will open at Universal CityWalk, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort recently opened, and of course, we have the upcoming opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.
He then revealed some details of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, which doubles the Harry Potter experience for resort guests. Diagon Alley, a secret wizarding neighborhood tucked away in the middle of London, will be a stunning complement to the environment of Hogsmeade.
Thierry Coup, Senior Vice President of Universal Creative, led the team that imagined and created this thrilling new place. He told the story of how Universal’s team followed J.K. Rowling’s books to the letter, bringing in grand surprises and fine details that will delight the scores of devoted of Harry Potter fans. Thierry and his team’s dedication to authenticity informed every step of the creative process, right down to the food, entertainment, and exciting new interactive experiences.
Next, Thierry was joined on stage by several stars of the Harry Potter film series, who expressed their delight at the new attraction.
The film stars Matthew Lewis, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch also made a special announcement, revealing the date that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will opening to the public: July 8.
This means that just a few weeks from today, Harry Potter fans from all over the world will be able to live the adventure here at Universal Orlando Resort, experiencing Diagon Alley for the first time.
We’re so excited to welcome you to this incredible new part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Stay tuned to the blog for more exciting news as we cover the VIP Media Preview all week long!