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Follow me on my Diagon Alley adventure at Universal Orlando Resort

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Update: After you read this article, go here for the latest update, with CityWalk dining and Blue Man Group slideshow.

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Tick...tick...tick...the long wait is almost over, and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida is almost ready to open to the public. In the meantime, I'm at this week's media preview, preparing to hop aboard the Hogwarts Express and brave the dangers in Gringotts, as well as sampling some frozen butterbeer and enjoying plenty of other Wizarding World of Harry Potter fun. I'll also be exploring the other fun options at Universal Orlando Resort, like CityWalk and its new venues, Blue Man Group, Cabana Bay Resort and the other Loews on-site hotels, and of course the attractions at both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

Click the slideshow accompanying this article for some scenes from this first day as I settle into Cabana Bay and get ready to plunge into the fun. I'll be tweeting live via @themeparkwriter and posting regular updates in my Examiner column, so stay turned between now and June 20 for photos, reports, and reviews. Here's what I'll be covering each day:

Today (June 17)

  • Cabana Bay Resort and the other Loews hotels (watch for video and photos coming soon)
  • CityWalk and new venues

Blue Man Group

June 18

  • State of the Universe (news from Universal)
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure attractions
  • Diagon Alley Preview

June 19

  • More from Diagon Alley
  • Cabana Bay Grand Opening Party

June 20

Darn, it's all over! But lots of recap coverage coming in the days after the event ends

If you liked the photo of the new area of Cabana Bay, jump to this article where you'll find many more photos. Go here to see a video of the new interactive wands that will let you do your own magic when you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal also has some live webcasts coming up, featuring many of the Harry Potter movie stars. This article has all the details.

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