Back in January there had been rumors that Universal Studios Orlando had begun construction on a Harry Potter expansion. ThemeParkInsider.com has now confirmed the speculation after they got a look at a few of the new rides and features in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter addition.
Not only will there be a Gringotts roller coaster there will also be a hidden area for Diagon Alley, which will be hidden behind Grimmauld Place, Wyndham’s Theatre and other London landmarks. The secret entrance to the mystical world will be next to the Leaky Cauldron.
The Leaky Cauldron will be the featured restaurant in the expansion and will basically be the entrance for the detailed Diagon Alley. Breaking from most theme park attractions Diagon Alley will be on multiple levels, with stairways, multi-story buildings and areas, elevated train trestles, and more. There will even be a Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour.
There will of course be other shops like Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, which will be the gift shop after getting off the Gringotts roller coaster – like every other theme park ride.
Slytherins won’t be left out either as Universal Studios Orlando, Florida has included Knockturn Alley, which will be about 1/3 of the new expansion, and includes Borgin and Burkes.
The main attraction in this massive expansion will still be Gringotts Roller Coaster but there will also be the Hogwarts Express train that will connect Diagon Alley with Hosmeade, the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
There will be many other shops and areas in the park but the aforementioned will be the big draws. According to ThemeParkInsider.com the new amazing Harry Potter World will most likely open in July 2014. That means back-to-back Summers of huge ride and world openings at Universal Studios, the first being Transformers this July.