New evidence found on Universal Orlando’s passholder website suggests that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion may open between mid-June and mid-August 2014.
Universal has blocked those with the Power Pass (one of their annual passholder levels) from entering Universal Studios Florida beginning Saturday, June 14 through Saturday, August 14. Those with the Power Pass may enter the neighboring park Islands of Adventure, which houses the original Wizarding World, during that time.
This two-month block out period isn’t normal for those with the Power Pass. This year, the same annual pass is only blocked from entering during the month of July. The purpose of the passholder black out is to help control crowd size.
This blockout period falls perfectly in line with an April report which said Universal is planning to open the Diagon Alley land the week around June 11.
Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion is the first major addition to the Harry Potter theme park world since its opening in 2010. Diagon Alley will hold a Gringotts thrill ride (complete with a dragon!), shops, at least one restaurant, and more. The basic plans for the park were announced in May.
Be sure to check out “7 secrets revealed in the Diagon Alley concept art” where we snoop around the high-res theme park art work to find details Universal hasn’t announced yet.
Universal is also working on building Wizarding World parks in Hollywood and Tokyo, and they are likely to mirror the Wizarding World at Islands of Adventure.