New details are emerging regarding Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The popular Islands of Adventure attraction is set to expand into Universal Studios, connecting the two areas with a train – The Hogwarts Express. Guests will need to purchase a park-to-park ticket to enjoy both portions of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Park. A ticket location will be set up near the train station so guests can also upgrade their ticket at that time if needed.
Diagon Alley, the street where Hogwarts students purchase their wizarding supplies, will be the theme of the second Harry Potter Attraction. Hidden from the rest of the park with facades of London landmarks, guests will enter through a secret entrance in a train station next to the with The Leaky Cauldron on-site restaurant. The main attraction in Diagon Alley will be a Gringotts roller coaster, which will end in a gift shop, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions and Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment. The coaster will have 12-person ride vehicles that will move on a track very similar to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction.
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop operated by the Weasley twins, is also planned, as is a larger version of the popular Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Knockturn Alley and its store, Borgin and Burkes, will also be featured at the new portion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Knockturn Alley features shops devoted to the Dark Arts.
The rumored date for Diagon Alley to open is July 2014, although no official statement has been released by Universal Orlando Resort yet.