10:20 am EDT, May 8, 2013

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley announced! (update: The dragon will exist!)

Universal Orlando resort today announced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley!

“Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley,” writes Universal.

Diagon Alley is set to open in 2014, and Universal is touting this project as “the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience” because of the fact that Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are in two entirely separate theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort.

“The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world,” says Universal.

The following concept art was released. Click the image for full size and enjoy a detailed look at the land:


“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,” said J.K. Rowling in a statement.

“We are continuing the journey and adding an entirely new level of adventure,” added Tom Williams, Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts. “And we are bringing the same drive, commitment, enthusiasm and innovation to this project as we did to the first.”

Thought details are still very scarce, Universal did confirm the rumored features of the expansion. Guests will be able to travel between London and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express. There will also be “shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the fiction and films.”

More details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be released over time.

Today’s announcement brought no big surprises, but it’s nice to finally see some official concept art. We’ll continue to bring you any and all information pertaining to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley as it’s announced.

Universal left Diagon Alley’s opening date broad by only stating 2014, but reports indicate it may open sometime in June of that year.

UPDATE: Universal confirms in an e-mail that you will need a park-to-park ticket to board the Hogwarts Express. Right now this type of ticket costs $123 if purchasing for one day. A two-day park-to-park ticket is $139.99.

UPDATE 2: Universal has confirmed to Theme Park Insider that the dragon depicting in the concept art will actually sit atop Gringotts and breath fire!

SEE ALSO: We tore through the concept art to find 7 secrets and clues about Diagon Alley that Universal hasn’t announced yet.

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