Universal is totally milking the Harry Potter franchise for what it’s worth — which, if you ask us, is a WHOLE lot! Not that we’re complaining, of course. We now get to go to Diagon Alley!
Yes, that’s right! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the HP theme park located in Orlando, FL, is expanding to include its very own Diagon Alley by 2014! The magical shopping high street will be built in an entirely new portion on the Universal lot and will be connected to Hogwarts and Hogsmeade Village via the Hogwarts Express train. Mind-gasms galore!
The street will also include new shops, a second Harry Potter-themed restaurant, and a Gringotts Bank attraction!
Upon the announcement of the new park addition, J.K. Rowling stated:
"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.”
This news follows that of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Universal Hollywood theme park, set to open in 2015.
Seriously, Potter fans! We’re marking our calendars already!!!
[Image via Universal Orlando.]
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