Electroshadow made a visit to The Harry Potter Exhibition on its Singapore stop, and found it to be quite the charming experience. You can read about it here. That was just a warm-up for what the powers-that-be have in store for us. Universal Studios Orlando (Florida) has a Harry Potter attraction in their Islands of Adventure section, which brings Hogsmeade Village and the Hogwarts castle to life. Now, they’re adding a new segment, featuring Diagon Alley, the famous Wizarding market in London.

Recently, cast members from the films made a trip to the them park to officially announce the opening date on 8th July. They are James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). According to reports: “The land itself will feature shops such as Ollivander’s (where wands are sold), Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (for candies and other goods) as well as a new ride taking place inside the troll bank of Gringotts, that should very much be reminiscent of that cool mine cart action featured in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.

We also have a first look at the stars at the announcement, and some shots of a perfectly-recreated Diagon Alley. Cool!

HPdiagonalley cast






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