LIVE BLOG: Diagon Alley preview event coverage as Universal Orlando unveils Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion

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This week Universal Orlando is revealing their latest stunning theme park creations in a preview event for the Wizarding World of Harry PotterDiagon Alley.

Inside the Magic will be there every step of the way across the 3-day press event, bringing all of the excitement from Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk as the latest magic unfolds.


We’ll be posting summary articles along with plenty of videos and photos here and on YouTube periodically throughout the week, but the live blog below is the fastest way to receive realtime updates and first looks at the Universal’s new offerings. You can (and should) also follow us on on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Follow along at the times and dates below to make sure you don’t miss any of it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Late Afternoon, starting around 3 p.m.
Explore the new wing, pool, and lazy river of Universal Orlando’s newest hotel.

Universal CityWalk restaurants
Early to Late Evening
A look inside the newly-opened Vivo Italian Kitchen with previews of Hot Dog Hall of Fame and The Cowfish, opening soon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

“State of the Universe” Media Presentation
9:00 a.m.
Learn from executives what Universal Orlando has to offer, with a possible glimpse of what’s to come.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Preview Event
7:00 p.m.
“Harry Potter” film stars and other celebrities arrive via red carpet, culminating in a special “moment” immediately followed by a preview of Diagon Alley.

Talent to include:
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)
Robbie Coltraine (Hagrid)
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley)
James Phelps (Fred Weasley)
Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)
Warwick Davis (Griphook)
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Closer Look: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
9:30 a.m. to Late Afternoon
A full exploration of Diagon Alley including the Hogwarts Express, Leaky Cauldron, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, and much more. Also included will be a Q&A with “Harry Potter” film stars and members of Universal Creative.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Official Grand Opening
Early to Late Evening
Grand opening celebration of Universal Orlando’s new hotel throughout its grounds.

Diagon Alley Preview Event Live Blog

The Twitter stream below is our main hub for live blogging Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley Preview Event. It will show all live updates, including in-line photos, as events unfold throughout these three days.

In addition, video updates will be added to this page below the stream.

NOTE: There is no need to refresh this page once you’ve loaded it, as the live blog below will automatically insert the latest posts, updates, information, and photos at the top. Just sit back and watch the magic unfold!

Be sure to visit our special Diagon Alley section for summaries of all the most exciting happenings throughout the event. And subscribe to our YouTube channel for video updates too!

In addition to our own updates, Universal Orlando will be live streaming a few events via webcast.

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