Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resorts Opens July 8th
The opening date for Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley has been announced and is scheduled for July 8th, 2014. You will now be immersed into the world of Harry Potter and be able to experience Hogwarts Express, make a withdrawal at Gringott’s Bank, see Kreacher peaking out from No. 12 Grimmauld Place, taste Butterbeer Ice Cream and so much more.
What will you see in Diagon Alley? LOTS!
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes: This is where you can purchase tricks and treats in the Weasley twins’ joke shop.
The Leaky Cauldron: In the Harry Potter series, this is where you enter into Diagon Alley. However, in Universal’s version of Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron is on the left when you enter the park. You can sample a menu of British pub fare.
Ollivander’s: This is where you can purchase your wand.
Scribbulus: This store features feather quills, ink and inkwells, journals and other writing necessities.
Madam Malkin’s: This is where you can get the proper Hogwarts student attire, like wizard’s robes and character costumes.
Quality Quidditch Supplies: Here you will find brooms, sweaters and other Quidditch props from the films.
Florean Fortescue’s: This is where you can go when you’ve got a hankering for something sweet. Florean’s serves up unique flavors of ice cream, including Butterbeer flavor.
Gringotts Bank: This is where all the action is. You will see the fire-breathing dragon at the very top of the bank and when you enter, you will see the animatronic goblins busy at work behind the counters. You can experience the “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” ride, which will take you deep into the vaults of the bank.
Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment: Once you exit Gringotts, you can head to this gift shop to grab your wizarding essentials to take back with you to the Muggle world.
In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” a new land was introduced called Knockturn Alley. Here you can grab up some “evil” goods like Death Eater masks and skulls in Borgin and Burkes.
Guests will also be able to ride the from Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure to King’s Cross in Universal Studios aboard Hogwarts Express. When you look out the window, you will experience views of London and the British countrysid, all while encountering characters from the film.
You will not go hungry at the new Diagon Alley either. Universal Orlando is offering several several new dining options. They are The Leaking Cauldron, The Ploughman’s, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour and Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment.
The Leaky Cauldron – This popular wizarding pub and inn, will have traditional British dishes such as:
-Bangers and Mash: traditional roasted sausages with creamy mashed potatoes -Fisherman’s Pie: Salmon, shrimp and cod baked together under a potato crust -Toad in the Hole: traditional sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy -Fish and Chips
The Ploughman’s – Offering a feast of English cheese, crusty bread, cornichon pickles, apple beet salad, Branston pickle and a Scotch Egg.
The wizarding pub will also provide drinks created specifically for Diagon Alley: -Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale (new draught beers) -Fishy Green Ale -Tongue Tying Lemon Squash
Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour – Perfect stop for guest to enjoy a variety of pastries, scones, tarts and sweet cakes along with 20 unique ice-cream flavors, including:
-Earl Grey and Lavender -Sticky Toffee Pudding -Chocolate Chili -Clotted Cream -Salted Caramel Blondie -Apple Crumble -Strawberry and Peanut-Butter -Orange Marmalade -Butterbeer flavored soft-serve
Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment – Found in Horizont Alley, guests will find different elixirs. Guests can add the magical elixirs to Gillywater and watch their drink transform before their eyes to produce an array of flavor surprises. The elixir selection includes:
-Draught of Peace -Babbling Beverage -Elixir to Indulge Euphoria -Fire Protection Potion
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