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MinaLima on bringing “Harry Potter” magic to Diagon Alley

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"Harry Potter" fans know the design team MinaLima as the force behind all the wonderful designs and props in the "Harry Potter" films. For the newly opened Diagon Alley extension of the Orlando theme park, Universal used MinaLima to help bring the park to life. In a new interview, the MinaLima team, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, speak about their work on Diagon Alley. Read More »

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley now open at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort officially opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley today, July 8, at Universal Studios Florida.

This morning, Universal Orlando Resort officially opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Confetti, fireworks, and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members welcomed thousands of excited guests as they entered the all-new spectacularly themed land for the very first time. Read More »

How we reacted to the new Diagon Alley park opening (with Selfies)

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This is how the MuggleNet staff reacts when we get excited about Diagon Alley opening up (Hint: We're just as nerdy as you are). Read More »

Jaws ride removed but not forgotten in Diagon Alley expansion

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As many of you may or may not know, the Jaws ride at Universal Studios Orlando was closed in 2012 to make room for the Wizarding World Diagon Alley/London expansion. Now comes word that the creative team at Universal Studios has paid homage to the classic ride, which opened in 1990, by placing Jaws Easter eggs throughout Diagon Alley and London. Read More »

Universal announces Hogwarts Express soft open!

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Just moments ago, Universal Orlando announced via their blog that even though Diagon Alley will not actually open until July 8 as indicated at the Diagon Alley preview event, guests at the park were treated to an early admission as part of a "soft open." Learn more here! Read More »

Universal Creative discusses technology used in creating the Wizarding World

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The creative team at Universal Studios recently revealed some interesting new details on the technology used at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Some exciting new technology has been put to use to make the Diagon Alley expansion even more amazing and magical than its Hogsmeade Village counterpart! Read More »

NBC to air Diagon Alley special next week!

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We've been posting our own Diagon Alley reports all week, but it looks like there's even more to look forward to for fans itching to get a look inside Diagon Alley! NBC will be airing a special about the creation of the expansion next week, including a behind-the-scenes look at design and construction of the park! Read More »

Diagon Alley Roundup – Part 2: There’s a rumbly in my tumbly

Diagon Alley Roundup, Part 2: There's a rumbly in my tumbly

Over the last year I've eaten a few times at the Hog's Head in Hogsmeade. The food is good yet traditional, and I would say that holds true for the fare at the Leaky Cauldron. I love that Universal is providing visitors with two mostly completely different menus, new drinks, new desserts, the works. It makes both restaurants an absolute MUST for visitors. Just save room for the Butterbeer soft serve. Read More »

Diagon Alley Roundup – Part 1: Magic is in the air

Diagon Alley Roundup, Part 1: Magic is in the air

This last week, MuggleNet was down in Orlando, Florida, at Universal Orlando Resort for a VIP/media preview of the all-new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley expansion. No doubt you've seen the trailers, the photos, the interviews, and the endless pictures of people standing on benches trying to get a glimpse - and all of that stuff is great. But what you can't see is the absolute best part of the park - the inherent magic. Read More »

Potter Twitter Roundup: The Hulk and the Snorkack

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Want to see Matt Lewis get punched by the Hulk? Then check out this week's Twitter roundup! Also includes a sneak peek of Diagon Alley and Tom Felton working it in yet more Burberry. Read More »

Cast Q&A videos from the Diagon Alley preview!

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As you know, the media preview of Diagon Alley is ongoing, and we've got even more awesome material for you today - cast Q&As! Read More »

Diagon Alley preview picture and video roundup!

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As I'm sure you'll be aware, over the last few days some MuggleNet staff members were lucky enough to be at the preview event for Diagon Alley! Last night saw the preview of Diagon Alley itself take place, and we were able to get lots of pictures and videos as the event happened. If you missed out on seeing the pictures as they were posted, check them all out below in our handy roundup, and look out for a full report coming soon! Read More »

Exciting new photos from Universal Studios Orlando

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"Attractions Magazine" has posted some exciting new photos of the Diagon Alley/London expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Read More »

First look at interactive wands at Wizarding World

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There have been rumors circulating the web about the potential introduction of interactive wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando. Now, thanks to the Universal Orlando blog, we have confirmation of this exciting feature, as well as our first look at the wands in action with none other than James and Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright! Read More »

List of cast members attending Diagon Alley VIP preview week

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As we mentioned earlier, this week is the VIP and media preview week at the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios! The Universal Orlando blog has just released a list of "Harry Potter" cast members who will be in attendance! Read More »

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley Preview Week schedule released!

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We've been waiting what seems like forever to find out when Universal Orlando will announce the opening date to the newest addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and FINALLY, we have more information! Read More »

Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort – Opening on June 30?

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After much speculation over when the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Orlando Resort is going to open, we have our first piece of hard evidence - or do we? Read More »

Universal Studios Orlando launches new park app!

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With the opening of Diagon Alley imminent, Universal Orlando has just announced the launch of a new app, which will allow users to view wait lines, explore the park on an interactive map, and more! Read More »

Bonnie Wright and the Phelps twins tour Diagon Alley!

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Bonnie Wright and James and Oliver Phelps took a tour of Universal Orlando's the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley today! Check out some photos here. Read More »

Celestina Warbeck, Gringotts Money Exchange, and more: Diagon Alley entertainment revealed!

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We posted a few days ago about the delicious food visitors are going to be able to enjoy at the Diagon Alley expansion, and now the Universal Orlando blog has revealed what kind of entertainment the park will be offering. Read More »