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Universal Orlando to release Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley details on January 23

December 17, 2013

Early this morning, a magical delivery owl (a.k.a. the FedEx delivery truck) deposited a special package from Universal Orlando on my doorstep. Enclosed was key unlocking an online invitation to a January 23, 2014 webcast which promises to finally reveal details about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley expansion opening in Universal Studios Florida this coming Summer.

Here's a photo gallery of the package's contents, which continue in the tradition of Universal's elaborate media invitations. Note that 722 is a reference to the internal project number for Diagon Alley's construction, which first discovered nearly 2 years ago on city permit filling for the Jaws ride's demolition.

The code unlocked a video on featuring Potter film actor James Phelps, which you can watch below:

Even if you aren't a member of the press, you can sign up here for an invite to the January 23rd online event, or just watch this blog for my report. My hunch is that we'll get confirmation of a mid-June opening date, concept art of the Gringotts ride and Kings Cross station, and hopefully more hits on Knockturn Alley and interactive entertainment.

And if you want your own Gringotts vault key, I've heard whispers that you'll be able to open your own “bank account” (for a fee, I assume) when the attraction opens.


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