Saturday, July 5, 2014

Photo Gallery: Diagon Alley Soft Opens July 3, 2014 at Universal Studios Florida

We were able to check out Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida during the soft opening to the public on July 3, 2014.
Gringotts Dragon high above Diagon Alley

The dragon breathes fire every 10 minutes or so.

Close-up of the Gringotts Dragon in Diagon Alley

Fairly busy crowds during the first public opening.



Horizont Alley features The Fountain of Fair Fortune, where you can get butterbeer and butterbeer ice cream.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Magical Menagerie features plush animals.

Down Horizont Alley

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour was the most popular place to visit during the soft open
Decor outside the Magical Menagerie

Inside Diagon Alley during first public opening July 3, 2014


A Universal Team Member explaining to a guest how to use the new interactive wands. Wands are available to purchase for $44.99 and interact with numerous windows in Hogsmeade & Diagon Alley.

Inside the Magical Menagerie store

Gringotts Dragon

Looking down toward the Diagon Alley entrance.

Now looking back up. Notice all the hanging signs.

Gringotts Dragon breathing fire.

This Wizard shows men which way to the restroom

Details abound in Diagon Alley. Here the umbrella was just turned on with an interactive wand.

Bank Guards stand outside Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts.

Escape From Gringotts was closed for all the of public soft openings.

Details above the locker area for Escape From Gringotts

Inside the Wiseacres shop

Rumor has it that these were made from old Jaws boats

This is one of the larger interactive wand areas, situated near the Diagon Alley exit

Huge suit of armor for a troll

The Carkitt Market area of Diagon Alley hosts the live entertainment, as well as coverage from the elements.

The Hopping Pot is one of several locations to get butterbeer inside Diagon Alley
This Mermaid Statue is another interactive wand area.

Mermaid Statue inside Diagon Alley

Inside Ollivanders wand shop

Closer look at the brick wall entrance that guests pass thru

Inside Weasley Wizard Wheezes joke shop

Another view inside Weasley Wizard Wheezes

At night, Diagon Alley really looks great

A look at the outside of Weasley Wizard Wheezes

This is inside Knockturn Alley. The area in the middle is for interactive wands, while to the left is one entrance for Borgin & Burkes store

A look in Knockturn Alley


Excuse the poor photos. We didn't bring a tripod, and it's very dark in Knockturn Alley.
The entrance for Borgin & Burkes. Also in the back, you can see singing heads that work with the interactive wands.

The window on the right is from the Leaky Cauldron, which backs up to Knockturn Aley

This back area of Knockturn Alley exits into Horizont Alley. There are a few interactive wand displays to play with here.

Here are the interactive wand displays, with guests interacting with them.

Coming out of Knockturn Alley, this is where you exit into.

Up next to Gringotts Bank, there are stairs which you can sit on and people watch. There are not a whole lot of areas to sit inside Diagon, besides here, and some tables in front of The Hopping Pot.

Dragon breathing fire at night.

Inside the Carkitt Market, you will find the Gringotts Money Exchange. You can interact with the goblin in here, by asking him questions. You can also purchase Gringotts $ here, in 10 and 20 increments that can be used all around the Universal Resort.

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