Welcome to 2014, the year when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley will finally open at Universal Studios Florida! Without further ado, let’s launch right into our first set of Diagon Alley construction photos for the new year, followed by a Gringotts rumor and an amazing new online source of theme park dirt.
Diagon Alley Construction Photos
Here’s our usual photographic tour of the London Waterfront construction site, documenting the progress on the Diagon Alley facade as of January 4, 2014.
Starting on the south end of the waterfront with Kings Cross station.
Color is progressing on Leicester Square.
So is the detail on the Wyndham’s Theatre facade.
Work on Grimmauld Place’s facade looks complete.
Ladies and gentlemen, the eighth wonder of the Wizarding World…the backside of Grimmauld Place!
I’m going to keep making that joke until Universal builds something to block this view…
Rumors and News
The Wizarding World rumor mill wound down a little after Christmas, but HateToFly ended 2013 with a New Year’s Eve tweet teasing that Voldemort will make an appearance inside the Gringotts ride.
In other Gringotts news, HateToFly and several other sources reported seeing several more ride vehicles arrive at the resort shortly before New Year’s.
The big news this week is the new AmusementLeaks Twitter account, which appeared this week and began posting high-resolution images of construction blueprints, starting with plans for Diagon Alley and the Gringotts and Hogwarts Express rides. In the past few days, they’ve posted everything from Busch Gardens and Universal Studios master plans, to proposals for a Wilderness Way Resort hotel at the Walt Disney World River Country site. The leaker is anonymous, and there’s been no official response yet from the parks, but you may want to follow this account and download the images while you can!
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