Death Eaters To Appear at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Death Eaters

An ominous presence arrives at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort this fall as Death Eaters appear for the first time ever in Diagon Alley, as part of Halloween Horror Nights, on select dates September 1 through November 4.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Celebrates Its First Anniversary at Universal Orlando

Happy first anniversary to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, which opened one year ago on July 8, 2014.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

An extension on the popular The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley not only offered all new Potter experiences, but introduced Hogwarts Express, which connects the two Potter worlds.

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Universal Orlando Announces July 8 Opening Date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

One of the most asked questions of the Orlando summer – “When will The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley open?” – finally has an answer: July 8.

Universal Orlando made the announcement in a morning press conference.

This date is later than many fans originally thought, but purchasers of special Universal Vacations packages are guaranteed admission to Diagon Alley, even if their travel dates fall before July 8. There will also be soft openings at random times prior to the official opening day.

Once open, fans with a 2-park pass will be able to travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade via the Hogwarts Express train. How fun will that be – you never have to leave the HP realm the entire day, if you don’t want to.

Are you looking forward to the opening of Diagon Alley? It’s only a few weeks away.

Universal Orlando To Webcast Diagon Alley Previews June 18-20, 2014

Universal Orlando has announced they will air several webcasts this week that will preview the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley attraction that will open this summer.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley Wednesday evening (6/18) there will be a live webcast from the red-carpet event, with appearances from several stars from the Harry Potter films. This webcast will begin at 8pm and is expected to last an hour.

Thursday (6/19), at noon, Universal will webcast “All Aboard: A Journey on the Hogwarts Express with Oliver and James Phelps.” The Phelpses played the Weasley twins in the movies, and they will take a tour of the new Hogwarts Express train that will connect Diagon Alley in the Universal Studios park with the existing Hogsmeade attraction at Islands of Adventure.

The webcasts conclude on Friday (6/20) at noon with “Behind the Bricks: A Tour of Diagon Alley with Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis & Alan Gilmore.” Gilmore, the art director of the films and both sets of Wizarding World, will show off details of Diagon Alley, with help from actors Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom).

For more details on how to watch these webcasts, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Films Special Intro for Orlando Shows This Week

Jimmy Fallon with Jennifer Lopez

Last night was the broadcast of the first of a week of episodes of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon filmed at Universal Orlando.

To do his show’s first roadtrip right, Fallon recorded a new intro for the show that featured his journey to Orlando for the first show. Here is that special Orlando intro, which pays homage to Miami Vice:

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Universal Orlando Reveals Details of Diagon Alley Food and Beverage Options

 

Leaky Cauldron - Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew

One of the most anticipated openings in Orlando this summer is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, and this week Universal Orlando released details of the new area’s food and beverage offerings.

The signature restaurant is the Leaky Cauldron, which I’m told looks just like it does in the films – it even has a huge cauldron sitting in the middle of the restaurant. At the Leaky Cauldron, you’ll be able to enjoy British fare like:

  • Bangers and Mash (traditional roasted sausages with creamy mashed potatoes)
  • Toad in the Hole (traditional sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy)
  • Cottage Pie (a savory combination of meat and vegetables in a potato crust)
  • Fisherman’s Pie (salmon, shrimp and cod baked together under a potato crust)
  • Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew (served in a bread bowl)

Leaky Cauldron -Ploughman’s
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The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Comes to Universal Orlando June 2014 @FallonTonight

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will be taping new shows on location at Universal Orlando in June

We have big news to reveal, as it was announced late yesterday that The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will be taping new shows on location at Universal Orlando in June!

The show will be taping June 16-18, 2014, and some of the guests already announced include Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, and Tracy Morgan.

Even more exciting is the shows will offer a first look at the brand new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley attraction at Universal Studios park, as well as the Hogwarts Express train that will connect the two sides of the Harry Potter attraction.

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Universal Orlando Releases Video Sneak Peek of Goblins from Escape from Gringotts Ride

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

It’s getting closer to the opening date of the new Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios, so Universal Orlando has released a short teaser video of the inside of Gringotts Bank, as well as concept art for load area of the ride.

These animatronic goblins populate the bank inside the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction that will be the centerpiece of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley.

According to Universal, more details will be released May 13, 2014.

Take a look at the video and let us know what you think:

httpv://youtu.be/1tz4xNRRR4M

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