Thursday, June 19, 2014

Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton and Other Harry Potter Film Stars Experience Red Carpet Preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort

Some of the stars of the Harry Potter films inside Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando

On June 18, 2014, Harry Potter film stars including Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and others attended an exclusive preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort.

Arriving on a red carpet that stretched from King’s Cross Station to the picturesque ‘London,’ the cast celebrated the announcement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s grand opening date – recently revealed to be July 8, 2014. Robbie Coltrane led event attendees inside the land by ceremoniously tapping the bricks of Diagon Alley – just like Rubeus Hagrid did in the Harry Potter books and films.
Oliver & James Phelps on the red carpet in front of the London facades in Universal Studios Florida


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. The new area will double the size of the sweeping land already found at Universal Orlando, expanding the spectacularly themed environment across both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway into Diagon Alley – a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city. Inside the land, guests will enjoy themed shops, dining experiences and the groundbreaking thrill ride – Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
Fireworks go off at the VIP celebration for Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida - Grand Opening Date July 8, 2014

After much speculation, Universal Orlando Resort announced this morning that Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida would have a Grand Opening on July 8, 2014. Thanks to Universal Orlando Resort for providing us some fantastic images of Diagon Alley.
Diagon Alley in Universal Studios at night.

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour inside Diagon Alley

Dragon guarding Gringotts Bank

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley at night

Looking down Diagon Alley at Gringott's

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon - Jimmy Buffett performs (June 17, 2014)

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort hosts The Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon came out on stage to introduce Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett entertained the crowd with 3 songs including Volcano and Margaritaville

The crowds enjoying Jimmy Buffett at Universal Studios Florida

Monday, June 16, 2014

Diagon Alley #PotterWatch for June 15, 2014 (Gringotts Dragon and Pixie Water Effect in Hogsmeade)

We took a stroll around Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure on Sunday. We got a few close-ups on the Gringotts Dragon:



Over at Islands of Adventure, at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, they have installed a new water effect. Water streams into the pot, then it tips over when full, but doesn't actually drop any water on you. The little pixie inside just looks at you. Here's the full effect from our YouTube channel.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Diagon Alley (Gringotts Bank Dragon) Update at Universal Studios Florida (June 11, 2014)

All photos taken at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando on June 11, 2014.
The scrims that were hiding the Gringotts Dragon have been removed. Here's a shot from in front of Mel's near the waterfront.

We also caught the dragon, while exiting The Simpsons attraction. His head is obstructed from this view.

From The Simpsons exit ramps, zoomed out.

View of the dragon from the park area. Hi Jaws!

Zoomed in from the New York park area.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Photo Gallery: London Facades at Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida (June 9, 2014)

The construction walls came down overnight at Universal Studios Florida to reveal the beautiful facades of London, gateway to Diagon Alley. While not open yet, we were able to capture images of the facades as well as the newly revealed train station of Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. Enjoy the photo gallery!