Universal Studios Florida
London & Diagon Alley
Photos of London & Diagon Alley, the new Harry Potter-themed expansion area in Universal Studios Florida.
In June of 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in Islands of Adventure. The Harry Potter-themed expansion re-themed part of The Lost Continent section of the theme park along with adding new content next to Jurassic Park.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter added "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey," a major attraction set inside a replica of Hogwarts Castle. The area re-themed "The Flying Unicorn" into "Flight of the Hippogriff," and the "Dueling Dragons" roller coasters were changed to "Dragon Challenge." A steam engine for Hogwarts Express was also added in addition to several highly themed shops and eating areas. For fans of Harry Potter, and those people who enjoy richly detailed environments in theme parks, this expansion was a dream come true. Fans packed Islands of Adventure, and the theme park has seen a significant boost in attendance since that large expansion to the park.
The executives at Universal Orlando knew they had a hit on their hands with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was just a question of how to capitalize on their creation and further expand the adventures from those magical films.
Unfortunately to fans of "Jaws," the answer to the Harry Potter expansion resided with Amity Island and the classic boat ride. "Jaws" was closed for good on January 2, 2012, and the demolition of the ride and Amity area began almost immediately. Later that month it was revealed that the former Amity area would be home to a new Harry Potter expansion project. In May of 2013 we learned more details about the upcoming land.
The new Harry Potter-themed area in Universal Studios Florida will be themed to Diagon Alley and possible parts of London as well. The major ride will be an indoor roller coaster themed to Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Train stations are currently under construction in both Universal Studios Florida as well as Islands of Adventure, and the Hogwarts Express train will transport guests between both parks. The train station in USF will be themed to Kings Cross and Platform 9-3/4, while the train station in IOA will be the Hogsmede Station. Of course, you'll need to have a Universal Orlando park-to-park (park hopping) admission ticket to travel on the Hogswarts Express between both parks. Additional attractions in the new London & Diagon Alley expansion have yet to be announced.
London / Diagon Alley is scheduled to open in July of 2014.
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Universal Studios Florida - London / Diagon Alley - construction (September 2013):