Diagon Alley: Universal reveals new Harry Potter plans, Gringotts ride

Jan. 23, 2014 | 11:59 a.m.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Guests will pass through London and the brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley – a wizarding hub within a Muggle city. There will be shops, restaurants and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Guests can grab wizarding essentials at Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, one of the shops located in Diagon Alley. Here, guests can pick up items such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and London when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and London when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. (Universal Orlando Resort)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Guests will pass through London and the brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour will offer visitors a chance to sample treats such as strawberry-and-peanut butter ice cream. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be able to visit Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will place riders in the middle of an adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes features novelty items, magical jokes and toys inspired by J.K. Rowling's books. (Universal Orlando Resort)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting an upgrade.

Universal Orlando Resort has revealed new details for its planned expansion of its theme park experience based on J.K. Rowling’s saga — a re-creation of Diagon Alley, the famous shopping thoroughfare visited by Hogwarts students and their magical families before the beginning of every new school term.

Diagon Alley also will be home to a new ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, designed to take patrons through the vaults of the famous Goblin bank.

According to a release issued by the theme park Thursday, the new attraction will feature a number of shops and eateries from Rowling’s bestsellers about the boy wizard.

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Visitors will be able to purchase wands at Ollivanders and Hogwarts uniforms at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, while Quality Quidditch Supplies will offer an assortment of brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers and bats and other miscellaneous sporting equipment. Future members of Slytherin House can venture into Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley specialty store offering items of particular interest to the Death Eaters and those interested in the Dark Arts — masks, skulls, etc.

Patrons who work up an appetite can grab a bite at the Leaky Cauldron or Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.

Although Rowling released her final book in the “Harry Potter” series in 2007, and the last feature film adaptation arrived in 2011, the saga has continued to fascinate fans on the page and on the screen. Last September, word came that Rowling and Warner Bros. were partnering to make more movies based on Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — a 42-page textbook of sorts, published in 2001 after the fourth “Harry Potter” novel — and the adventures of its fictional author, Newt Scamander.

The movie’s Hufflepuff hero Newt is a magizoologist (one who studies magical creatures, of course). The first film in the announced series is to be penned by Rowling — marking her screenwriting debut.

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Universal initially launched the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade at its Islands of Adventure theme park in 2010, and there are plans currently to develop a similar attraction at the theme park’s Universal Studios Hollywood location.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley is set to open this summer.

Click through the gallery of images at the top of the post to see renderings of the new attractions.

– Gina McIntyre| @LATHeroComplex

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  1. CCC says:

    AHHH! Can't Wait!

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