Universal Studios Resort has once again teamed up with the Warner Bros. Entertainment company to once again bring another part of Harry Potter to life. This week Universal Studios released information on the latest Harry Potter themed area that is set to debut in the Summer of 2014. According to Amusement Today, Diagon Alley will double the size of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and will be the first centrally themed, multi-experience park in the world.
With the purchase of a ticket to both parks, Universal Studios and Island of Adventures, guests will be able to hop onboard on Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade and travel through London and the iconic brick wall. Hogwarts Express will then drop those on-board at the King’s Cross Station at Diagon Alley.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley will feature movie themed shops including Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, Magic Menagerie, and Scribbulus. More shops include Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment and Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.
A new ride will also debut in Diagon Alley. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will take guests through a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey in which riders will be able to navigate through the perils of the Gringotts vaults.
Along with the shops and the ride, guests will also have the opportunity to walk through Knockturn Alley, the darkest of dark places that features Borgin and Burkes, a shop specializing in the Dark Arts that will offer a wide variety of Dark objects, such as Death Eater masks, skulls, and other sinister items.
The latest Disney movie “Frozen”- about two princess sisters, one of which froze her kingdom, has sparked some ideas for an all new themed attraction rumored to first be placed in the Norway Pavilion at EPCOT.
Disney historian- Jim Hill, commented in an appearance on the Disney Dish Podcast that Disney has something planned for “Frozen” in the theme park world. According to Moviefone, the Norway pavilion at EPCOT would be an ideal place for the “Frozen” themed ride because they had exclusive movie merchandise and character meet and greets before the movie even premiered.
"That's really filtering out. They're already looking at 2014/2015 and where does that fit into our holiday plans," said Hill. "Those of you who love the Maelstrom might want to go visit it." Since Maelstrom- Norway’s boat ride attraction, opened in 1988 it has been one of the World Showcase’s brightest spots, but it seems to be coming to an end explained Hill.
Hill also went on to explain that Disney will not be making the same mistake they made with “The Little Mermaid” attraction at Disneyland and Fantasyland. Ariel’s Underwater Adventure opened nearly 20 years after the movie was in theaters, opening May 26, 2011 at Disney California Adventure and on October 12, 2012 at Fantasyland. "There will be something in the next 18 months. Supposedly there's something larger in the works for Disneyland but that's in line behind the Marvel and the 'Star Wars' stuff" added Hill.