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Posted at 4:45 pm,
February 1, 2013

Wizarding World Orlando expansion: The latest construction photos

Yesterday we shared a little scoop concerning what the Harry Potter cast were filming for in regards to the Wizarding World expansion in Orlando.

So today we wanted to share the latest photos from the construction site itself, both at the existing Wizarding World park at Islands of Adventure and the new London area at Universal Studios.

If rumors are to be believed, a real Hogwarts Express is in the works and will transport guests from Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios.

The following photos come from Orlando United, and you can see more at the link.

 
 
 
 

Hogsmeade prepares for a real Hogwarts Express station

On the Hogsmeade side, photos show construction happening behind Dragon Challenge and the stationary Hogwarts Express. Presumably, a working station is being built. It’ll be interesting to see if Universal keeps the existing Hogwarts Express train, which serves as a great photo op, or remove it because it conflicts with the new train.

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Rumored Gringotts thrill ride leads vertical construction

On the Diagon Alley side, the rumored Gringotts’ show building has been the prime focus of construction so far. Tracks for the ride vehicles are also being laid, and new vertical construction has appeared outside of the show building in the form of several pillars. In a couple photos you can see the London waterfront, which we compared to the real London waterfront in September.

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

Harry Potter world expansion construction photos

The Wizarding World’s Diagon Alley expansion is rumored to have a Gringotts thrill ride, The Leaky Cauldron restaurant, shops, and a London waterfront.

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  • rachael mckee

    so excited! this reminds me of the amazing Harry Potter fandom and how far it has come

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noelle-Braaten/1368928376 Noelle Braaten

    i’m going to the theme park this june for the first time and i really wish it could finish by then…but everything looks like its very early in development

  • applepie

    Awesome photos – this is so exciting!

  • Kat

    What are they knocking down for this? Or are they not knocking down anything, because when we went here a couple years ago come april they said that they had like a whole parking lot that they weren’t using behind the park.

    • WizardsKillSharks

      They closed Jaws last January, demolished the whole Amity area and then started building this. They still haven’t officially said it is Diagon Alley yet even though pretty much the entire internet believes it is.

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

    I wonder if they’ll move Ollivander’s wand shop to the Diagon Alley area to make it canon-compliant.

    • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

      I would imagine they will keep the one where it is and build a new one because it is always so insanely crowded in there. They already have wand stands outside the shops to lessen the crowds inside.

    • Craig

      The current rumor is that Universal and WB learned their lesson, for the most part, about how insanely crowded the Hogsmeade version gets. Supposedly for Diagon Alley, Ollivander’s Wand Shop will be a capacity marvel unto itself. To the regular park guest, once in Diagon Alley you will see a large set of building facades to your right, but only one is Ollivander’s (or so it would seem). What Universal has actually done is make one pretty huge section of the land only for use as Ollivander’s Wand Shop. With all that space, comes a neat bit of trickery. Upon entering the wand shop, you go in as you normally would the current one. One thing you may have noticed is that the wait time was tremendously lower this time around. This is because you actually are in one of four Ollivander’s Wand Shops, but you have no idea. You are escorted into what you believe is the one “true” Ollivander’s, when in reality you are in one of four identical show experiences. You are never made aware of the other three rooms, nor is there any trace of the other rooms from guest perspective. By creating a giant building, lining it with Diagon Alley facades with only one being Ollivander’s, and the guest none the wiser, Universal has successfully trimmed down wait times for the hit attraction while also maintaining JK Rowling’s wishes of making the guest experience as authentic as possible.

      • http://www.korracast.com/ Fravit

        Thanks for sharing that! It’s always interesting to see how theme park companies have to deal with challenge of balancing a good show and story with having proper theme park capacity. i’m glad they’ve got it figured out this time around.

  • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

    The construction was underway by the dragon coaster when I was there three weeks ago (which means the ride was closed, which sucked) and I figured that this is what they were building. I too hope the keep the stationary train for the photo op. Idealy, they will make that the enterance point to the ride.
    I’m super excited for this expansion, since I have already been to the existing part two times in a year and a half. The only thing that I’m unhappy about is that they are using this as a scam to get visitors to buy tickets to both parks. Getting into Islands of Adventure alone is expensive enough as it is (over $80 per person) and the two park ticket is like $120 at least. I’m actually going back to Disney in June and avioding going here again because I’m saving the money to go to the expansion when it opens.
    I’m hoping that maybe they will, eventually, come up with some type of Harry Potter ticket where you can move between Diagon Alley and Hogsmead without paying the outragous two park fee. Maybe a ticket with a price somewhere inbetween where they could have guests who pick that option move between both parks and visit the Harry Potter stuff but not allow them access to the rest of the areas in the park. Or a ticket that allows you access to ONE park and both Harry Potter lands. I know they want to make money (and will) by the way they are doing this, but I can see the other option being something to consider down the road, once the novelty has worn off and attendance drops off a bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.busler Derek Busler

    What is the building being constructed in the backgroud? As you look through the supposed Gringotts building in many of the pictures? Thanks!