(Pictured above: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort)
As the world of Harry Potter continues to gain recognition, plans to build a new themed environment has Muggles and Wizards alike buzzing with excitement. Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Orlando Resort announced yesterday plans to open The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in 2014, which will be the Potter world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience.
"I'm so pleased that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proved so popular to date, and I'm sure that the attention to detail in creating the new Diagon Alley area will make this an even better experience," said J.K. Rowling in the announcement.
Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films are working closely with Universal’s creative team to give visitors the experience of visiting Diagon Alley, lined with shops, restaurants, and an attraction based on Gringotts bank. This new area of the theme park will be located within Universal Studios Florida and next to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened in June 2010. Visitors will board a Hogwarts Express train to travel between the two areas.
“We are thrilled to offer the legions of fans the opportunity to embark on this new journey and experience Diagon Alley as it was brought to life in the books and films,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
See an artistic rendering of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley below.