In 2010, the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in its Islands of Adventure Theme Park. This section of the park brings to life many of the places seen in the Harry Potter films.
Guests visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade are able to walk through Hogwarts Castle, dine at Three Broomsticks, visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop and enjoy a frothy mug of Butter Beer.
The highlight of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade is “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” which is housed inside of Hogwarts Castle. This amazing ride takes guests on a fantastic adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione.
The success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade has prompted the Universal Orlando Resort to create a new way for Harry Potter fans to be further immersed into the world of wizards, muggles and dragons.
Coming in summer 2014 is the newest addition - the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley which will be located in Universal Studios. Guests will be able to walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps as they wander through the streets of London to Diagon Alley.
This section of the park will feature famous establishments seen in the films. One of the most anticipated attractions in Diagon Alley is “Escape from Gringotts”. This epic new ride will take you on a high-speed journey! Universal calls it “a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.”
Guests can also visit Knockturn Alley which is dedicated to the Dark Arts and King’s Cross Station. At King’s Cross Station, guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel from Diagon Alley in Universal Studios to Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. Guests must purchase a park-to-park ticket to be able to ride the train.
For more information on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley or the Universal Orlando Resort, contact Angela Barr at Great Escapes Travel
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