Grand Opening Date Announced For The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
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This is the news you have been waiting for:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will celebrate its grand opening on July 8. And all of us at Universal Orlando Resort could not be more excited.
It will be a day for you, our guests and our fans. And it will be a day for the thousands of people who imagined, designed and built the new land.
You know what is inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. You’ve read about it, seen the pictures and watched the videos. What you have yet to experience is the spirit of Diagon Alley, the wonder of being inside it and surrounded by its presence. I have been lucky enough to know that feeling. And I can promise you—it is real.
I remember walking through Diagon Alley one day during heavy construction. I happened to look up at a roofline, and there, amidst the machines and scaffolding and hardhats was a painter—an artist, really—with a tiny paintbrush in her hand working on a square-inch or two of surface.
She was applying details that perhaps one of every 100 people might notice. But her work is now part of what Diagon Alley will be, part of its presence.
And I’ll never forget the first time I made eye contact with a Goblin inside the Gringotts lobby. I felt as if he was looking directly at me—directly inside me, in fact. You’ll see what I mean.
And finally, there was the first time the Hogwarts Express pulled into Hogsmeade Station to take me to King’s Cross Station. I have never seen a steam locomotive operate, but I have now. And you will too.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is a real and special place. And all of us at Universal Orlando can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself. I wish you a wonderful time with your friends and family. Be sure to let us know what you think.