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Universal Studios Florida To Add Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley

Universal Studios Florida will add a new section inspired by J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter book series.

Opening in 2014, Diagon Alley is named after the magical shopping district in the fantasy series. The new cover for Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (created by artist Kazu Kibuishi) shows Harry exploring the magical shopping district.

Perhaps the architects will use this illustration as inspiration for designing the new section?

The new section will be adjacent to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a successful part of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park that opened its doors in June 2010.

The New York Times had the scoop:

Universal gave few details except to say that visitors will be able to move between the Wizarding World sections of the two abutting parks by train (the Hogwarts Express, obviously) and that Diagon Alley will include themed shops, a restaurant and a ride set inside Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton were the first official guests welcomed inside. Since its launch, the establishment’s butterbeer has received rave reviews.

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