Comments for Closer Look: Diagon Alley secrets, sizes, details, and dragons revealed for ‘Harry Potter’ expansion at Universal Orlando


  1. ridisneyfan

    Can’t wait. Thanks Ricky for the excellent coverage!

  2. Mark

    “It’s about a sense of discovery and the excitement of these incredible shops, and the scale has to be proper”.

    How totally pompous and patronising.

    Believe me Universal that the REALITY of being crammed into tiny shops whilst trying to look at the merchandise (and literally having to fight your way through the crowds) is NOT an enjoyable or relaxing experience!

    If you didn’t have any paying customers you wouldn’t have a business so ACT on their genuine concerns instead of ignoring them.

    And personally I am sick to the very bones of my body of the word “Journey”. It is the most over used word in todays society.

    1. Shawn

      Someone has a Crumple-horned Snorkack up their bum…

      I disagree. Widening the spaces would allow higher volume, yes, but at the sacrifice of correct detail, and I for one am most impressed by the amount of detail in the areas.

      (And to be fair, from what I remember of the Diagon Alley movie scenes, all the shops were pretty packed full anyways. Consider that yet another similarity between this world and Rowling’s)

      1. Mark

        I was there in 2010 and am speaking from personal experience. The Owl Post was so crowded that we literally had to force our way out of the shop.

  3. Sam

    Such awesome news. Though, I do have to point out that in your HHN question, you misspelled Dementors.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Thanks. Fixed!

  4. BookThief

    Woah. It’s a great time to be a Potter fan!

  5. Chaney Uffelman

    I’m looking forward to the Hogwarts train more than anything else. If they can pull off a very detailed and engaging experience, it could become the center piece to this part of the park. I can imagine people pushing around little carts of candy (chocolate toads, beans, butterbeer, etc.). I hope they use the environment around the train to transport guests to another world.

    1. Don

      Probably the windows of the train are made by glass who can function as screens. They could give you the illusion of driving fast trough the English countryside while encountering tons of exciting things.
      In cabin effects like cold, heat and wind would make this a really exciting ride.

  6. Chaney Uffelman

    I feel compelled to share my thoughts relating to Halloween Horror Nights and the new Diagon Alley. Imagine yourself on the train to the new part of the park when suddenly it comes to a screeching halt. The lights on the train go out, and a strange fog rolls in and surrounds the train. “Everyone remain in your cabins and stay perfectly silent.” You hear some kind of scary, loud howl. A Dementor makes its way down the train’s aisle, stopping to look in each cabin. Ohhh..they could do SO MUCH with just this particular holiday.

    1. Kristin A.

      You just sold me on this!!

  7. Andre

    With the progress of the construction and the fact that it can be seen in the park, it is not surprising that the announcement took place now. Even if one hasn’t been following the rumors and coverage online since the demolition of Jaws, it is quite obvious that the construction is taking shape as an expansion to Potter. A simple glace at the roof lines and you’ll be convinced.

  8. Katie

    Can not wait for diagon alley to open. Looking forward to riding hogwatrs express

  9. Victoria

    I really hope with this expansion they will create new olivanders special wands, or have a create/personalize your own wand station, i imagine it would be like the carbonite yourself thing at disney where they will mail it to you once created and painted. I really think if would be cool if they got creative in creating new merchandise that could be seen in harry potters world and not just in the films. Like more dragons species and stuff

  10. Dayren

    Is there a way to send a comment to Thierry Coup? I guess in seeing the development of the new addition I would just like to say that although we dont have much details in the Kings Cross 9 3/4 train ride, as a Harry Potter fan I think that getting onto the platform should be a very important part of the “ride”. Speaking to other Harry Potter fans and reading the comments it doesnt look like the whole getting on to the platform is going to be a big deal. I think that if we are to fully experience the whole 9 3/4 effect this should be made in certain way that the guests will have an experience getting onto the platform.

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  11. EL

    They should have Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, don’t remember seeing it in the movie but – even as a little ice cream stall/window (than dine-in place) would be awesome!! 😀

    1. Nathan

      I totally agree. I think that would make Diagon Alley much better

  12. Anna

    I really hope they have more rides in the park… I found when i visited IOA recently i just wanted to stay in Hogwarts the entire day.. I kind of did i rode each ride mulitple times and would love for some new rides in the new exspansion and i am glad they will be connecting the two so when i go next year my sister can go to both parks.. she has never been before and is a harry potter fanatic

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  14. Erin

    Just got back from WWOHP and loved it. I think that they should totally move Ollivader’s to Diagon Alley, and make the current Ollivander’s into the owl post. It’s nice and tall, so they could have all different owls up there. They could sell quills, stationary and postcards, and have little spaces for writing, and get to “choose” an owl to use. Just how I imagined it in the books when Hermione described it. I think it would be perfect!

  15. Ben

    Woo-hoo! Harry does it again. Can’t wait for the expansion to come next year.

  16. Anthony

    I go to the universal parks about once a month, and love seeing the progress they are making building Diagon Alley. Last night while in line for a house at HHN, I saw many of the Hogwarts Express train cars(they look awesome), as well as part of the train track. The Express is going to be amazing.

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    1. Gil Davis

      Just returned from Orlando – we rode the Harry Potter ride twice – best ride ever. 45 minute rides on a Monday (I think it was spring break). The stores were crowded, but the cozy store format is ok. Crowded the owl store was, and the wand store was only letting in 25 people at a time.
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