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Photos: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Grand Opening

July 8, 2014
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Photos: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Grand Opening

After years of speculation and weeks of soft openings, Universal Orlando celebrated the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley grand opening this morning. Hundreds of fans lined up outside Universal Studios Florida from 5 a.m., and they were joined by thousands more by the time the grand opening was held inside the park’s...
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Hogwarts Express soft opens at Universal Orlando

July 2, 2014
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All aboard! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Orlando doesn’t open until July 8, but the park delighted hard-core PotterWatching fans (some of whom have waited outside the new attraction for each of the past 24 days) with an unpublicized “technical rehearsal” of the Hogwarts Express train ride...
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Universal Orlando plans for 5th hotel and beyond

June 26, 2014
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Yesterday, our friends at Parkscope uncovered recent filings with the Orange County Comptroller’s office that unveil Universal Orlando‘s plans for a 5th hotel and beyond. Hot on the heels of the grand opening of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal and Loews Hotels will construct a new property on land between Cabana Bay and the Royal Pacific...
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Universal Orlando Diagon Alley Preview Day 2: Today Show and Universal Studios Florida

June 18, 2014
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As you may have already heard, the Today Show has announced July 8 as the official opening date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Univeral Orlando. Most of the media won’t see the inside of the new attraction until tonight’s red carpet VIP party, but early this morning I...
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Opening July 8 at Universal Orlando

June 18, 2014
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After months of rumor and speculation, we finally have an official Diagon Alley opening date. The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando will formally open to the public on July 8, 2014. The date is later in the summer than many fans speculated, and those who had booked travel for later...
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Universal Orlando Diagon Alley Preview Day 1: CityWalk

June 18, 2014
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Universal Orlando Diagon Alley Preview Day 1: CityWalk

Today began the week-long media blitz debuting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion at Univeral Orlando. I’ll have a full review of the new attraction in next week’s issue of Orlando Weekly, but for now here are a few photos and fun tidbits from the first day of media events,...
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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24: Walking Dead IN, Harry Potter OUT

June 9, 2014
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Hot on the heels of this morning’s reveal of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley’s London Waterfront, we have have two pieces of breaking news about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24, involving The Walking Dead and Harry Potter, that may not cheer up fans. First, Universal used social media to tease...
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First video footage of Harry Potter’s London at Universal Studios

June 9, 2014
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The big media blitz for Universal Orlando’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter– Diagon Alley doesn’t begin until next week, but guests at Universal Studios Florida got a sneak peek at the expansion’s London waterfront facades without the construction walls that have covered the area since the Jaws ride was decommisioned. Barricades were removed...
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Skyscraper, world’s tallest roller coaster, announced for Skyplex on I-Drive

June 5, 2014
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After months of rumors and speculation, a press conference was held in a run-down former go-kart track off International Drive to confirm that the “world’s tallest roller coaster” is on its way to Orlando. Skyplex is the name of a new entertainment complex to be constructed between I-Drive and and Canada Ave, which will have...
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Theater Review: True West presented by Dark Side of Saturn

May 31, 2014
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As any parent who has ever threatened to “turn this car around right now” knows, siblings stuck in close quarters can swiftly slide into savage violence. But unless your last name is Corleone or Knowles, you’ve probably never experienced fraternal fighting like the battling brothers of True West, now being presented at Orlando Shakes...
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