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10 Questions about Universal’s Harry Potter Expansion

Updated: 20 May 2013 02:01:20 AM

Several more details have emerged regarding the much-anticipated Harry Potter expansion at Universal Studios Florida.

From the construction so far, it appears that it will include scenes from London, reminiscent of both the films and the original book series by J.K. Rowling.

In particular, Diagon Alley has been spotted, which should be a real treat for Potter fans as this winding cobblestone street was prominently featured in the books.

However, with construction inching forward and Potter fans rearing in excitement, more and more questions keep popping up about the details of the expansion.

Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

How, What & When

1. What will the Gringotts ride be?

Gringotts is slated to be the largest ride in the new Harry Potter expansion and insiders indicate that it will most likely incorporate a roller coaster, but will ultimately be a mix of attractions.

2. Will Ollivanders wand shop be moved to Diagon Alley?

The current consensus is that there will be an Ollivanders wand shop in Diagon Alley.

Whether or not the existing one will move or act as an annex is yet to be known.

3. What will Hogwarts Express look like and how will it work?

No one on the outside of the project knows for sure, but insiders are pretty excited about it.

4. Will a 2-park pass be required to visiting both parts of Wizarding World?

Admittedly, Universal hasn’t worked this one out yet.

5. How will you be able to enter through Diagon Alley?

It is unknown whether both the San Francisco and Fear Factor sides will have access to Diagon Alley.

6. When is the opening date?

All Universal will say is sometime in 2014.

7. Can we expect an enormous grand opening ceremony?

It’s probably too soon to speculate on this, but there will definitely be a ceremony of some kind.

8. Will the expansion be similar to Hogsmeade on the IOA?

The expansion will feature London streetscapes, so expect more detail and more nooks and crannies to explore.

9. Is Universal going to pay tribute to the Jaws attraction in the new expansion?

It is difficult to speculate how they would be able to work this in.

10. Will the dragon in the expansion rendering actually exist?

Sources say yes!

By Marie Ospina

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