Tips for Visiting During the Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Tips for Visiting During the Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

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The moment that Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for is finally here.  Tomorrow, July 8, 2014, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will officially be open!  

We expect a high level of excitement throughout Universal Orlando Resort, and many of our awesome guests who want to be a part of the day. 

So, if you are one of the many incredible fans who will be joining us tomorrow, we have a few tips and planning details for you.

The Grand Opening will take place at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida between 8:00 am and 8:30 am, with all other attractions opening at 9 am.  Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be open at 9 am.

However, we will be ready to accommodate guests as early as 5 am on Tuesday, July 8 only. That is when the parking plaza will open and transportation from our on-site hotels will begin.

For all other days, follow the posted times listed on our website.

Early Park Admission (beginning one hour before the theme parks open) is available for on-site hotel guests, vacation package guests, Virgin Holidays guests, and guests who purchase a 7-Day length-of-stay ticket.

On July 8, these guests may enjoy Early Park Admission to Islands of Adventure beginning at 8 am, where they can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Starting July 9, both parks will be opening at 8 am through early August. Guests with Early Park Admission can begin enjoying Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure beginning at 7 am. We encourage you to enter through Universal Studios on one day of your trip and Islands of Adventure on another to experience all of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


The Hogwarts Express is scheduled to begin operation at 9 am on July 8.

Because the Hogwarts Express will transport you from one theme park to another, you will need a Park-to-Park admission ticket to ride it. If you don’t have one, you can upgrade to a Park-to-Park admission ticket at locations in front of each train station or at the front of each park.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley are very popular and we do expect a large number of guests. As we still want each guest to have the best experience possible in those lands, we may occasionally limit the number of people inside busy areas of our theme parks as needed.

While July 8 is the Grand Opening of Diagon Alley, you can still enjoy all of the other rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

If there is anything you have questions about that we have not answered here, please call 407-224-4233 and press option 3 to talk directly to one of our Guest Services team members. For a complete list of ways to contact Universal Orlando Resort, visit our website.

If you’re joining us tomorrow, we can’t wait for you to experience it all. If you’re still planning your vacation to Universal Orlando, we hope you’ll join us soon!

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  1. Eric G.

    Will there be any opportunities for preferred passholders to experience Diagon Alley? There has been very little communication to passholders about Diagon Alley. It would be nice to be able to reserve time to visit, etc.

    • There are plans for an exclusive Passholder experience later in the year. As long as your email address is up-to-date, you’ll be kept informed of all the latest Passholder news, information and exclusive Passholder opportunities. You can update your email address at

      You can also always call 1-866-PASS-4-FUN with any questions.

      In the meantime, feel free to come on down and explore Diagon Alley!