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Enjoy the magic of Harry Potter from hotel room to Diagon Alley at Universal

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Roughly one month from now, visitors to the Universal Orlando Resort will be transported as if by magic from the tropical environment of sunny Orlando to the city of jolly old London as the newest expansion of the the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley finally opens it's gates to the public. Here, tourists will be able to explore even more of the amazing world created by novelist JK Rowling, including the next generation thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, where guests are propelled into a pivotal scene from the final Harry Potter book and film.

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Guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway into Diagon Alley – a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city. Once inside, muggles and magicfolk will be able to stroll along the streets of Diagon Alley and stop inside well-known shops like Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Magical Menagerie and Quality Quidditch Supplies. If they dare, they can also experience the darker side of magic in Knockturn Alley.

Although Ollivanders has been in business for a few years inside Islands of Adventure, everyone knows that the original location, servicing wizards young and old since 382 BC, is located on Diagon Alley. This marquee location will also allow people to witness the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard. Who knows? The wand might even choose you!

After exploring the mean streets of London, you can ride the iconic Hogwarts Express to travel between King’s Cross Station in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade Station in Islands of Adventure. The scenic, breathtaking journey will transport guests through the British countryside as they encounter magical creatures and familiar Harry Potter characters.

In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in 2010 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, guests can experience Hogsmeade village and Hogwarts castle – which houses the groundbreaking Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction.

If you want to experience the adventure throughout your entire stay in the "magic city," you might want to consider purchasing the all-new exclusive vacation package which gives Florida residents the opportunity to enjoy this year’s most anticipated theme park experience: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Travel for the vacation package begins June 29, and must be booked by July 31.

The new travel offer starts at $119 per adult, per night, tax inclusive for a three-night stay on-site at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, an all-new hotel inspired by the iconic beach resorts of the 1950s and 1960s, and includes multi-day Park-to-Park tickets to experience both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. As part of the vacation package, Florida residents will enjoy access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, plus exclusive benefits like Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. They will also receive a specially themed Welcome Parcel delivered to their hotel.

Summer Package

~ Starts at $139 per adult, per night, tax inclusive for travel June 29 to Aug. 2

Fall Package

~ Starts at $119 per adult, per night, tax inclusive for travel Aug. 17 to Oct. 2

If you have a few more gold coins in your Gringotts account, you can upgrade to one of three AAA Four-Diamond deluxe on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort to receive complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines at select attractions in both theme parks all day. For a few less pieces of gold, you can also enjoy a similar package at one of the Universal Partner Hotels.

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