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The World of Harry Potter Expanding at Universal Orlando

To the delight of Muggles around the world, Universal Orlando announced the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opening next year. The original Harry Potter attraction opened in 2010. The popularity of Harry Potter's world has inspired Universal to dream larger.

The expansion will be based on scenes from the books and will include a new feature ride, restaurant and shops along with a train ride which chronicles Harry's journey to become a wizard. The expansion is called Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley will be located in the Universal Studios theme park, and will take the space which was formerly home to the Jaws ride, while the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located in Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Hogwarts Express train will take guests from one attraction to the other, from "Diagon Alley and London" to "Hogwarts and Hogsmeade". Providing the world's first centrally-themed, multi-park attraction experience.

Universal promises that the attractions will remain true to the Harry Potter stories. For example, reflecting the Harry Potter books, Diagon Alley will be hidden in plain view. The attraction will feature a ride within the Gringotts Bank, similar to the ride Harry took to the vault.

Universal also has a few surprises up their sleeve. Promising the attraction will feature other locations from the Harry Potter books and films, guests will have to wait to see what they are.

The Harry Potter expansion is a direct result of guest feedback. "We realized, within a couple of months (of the original opening) that we had to do the next level," stated Senior Vice President of Universal Creative, Thierry Coup.

To ensure Universal stays true to the stories, and the fans, Author J.K. Rowling is helping guide the team creatively.

Universal has not yet released an opening date for this new attraction. Stay posted for the updates.



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