It's here! I've been following the news on this park for several years now, and it is finally here. Yesterday during the live stream covering the media event happening in Universal Studios it was announced that the new expansion of Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando would be opening on July 8th! Start getting your vacation panties ready, and I suppose your wallet too.
Here is the flash video that will pop up on the site when you go to Universal Studios: Animation
Also, a visit to this MuggleNet article will allow you to see some event photos and videos from the media preview currently happening.
What is to be offered in this new expansion? The list is quite extensive.
+ Weasley's Wizard Wheezes: A joke shop by the Weasley twinsWhat else can you expect to visit whilst in this new area?
+ The Leaky Cauldron: Typical British pub
+ Ollivander's Wand shop: Hogsmead has a smaller version, I heard this is to be larger
+ Scribbulus: WIZARD STATIONERY.
+ Madam Malkin's: Wizard's robes and character costumes
+ Quality Quidditch Supplies: Sport shop
+ Magical Menagerie: Toy shop
+ Florean Fortescue's: Sweets and ice cream, including Butterbeer flavor!
>>> Gringotts Bank: "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts" ride is housed within, more information about the ride can be found here. Also, I've heard talk to exchanging muggle money for wizard money, the purpose??
+ Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment: The gift shop after the Gringotts ride
+ Knockturn Alley including the dark magic shop Borgin and Burkes
From what I've read about, this market and the shops and items found in here are all creations of J.K. Rowling, not just the creative heads at Universal Theme Parks. This is exciting because it means even more territory to explore in the new expansion and new items to be discovered."There will be two live shows held in the shopping area called Carkitt Market [...] The first show will bring to life two fables from "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," from the seventh film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1." In the second show, guests will hear never-before-heard songs by The Singing Sorceress: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.
You can also catch a ride on the Hogwarts Express from King's Cross Station if you have purchased the 2 park pass ticket. This train ride will take you from Diagon Alley in Universal Studios to Hogsmead in Islands of Adventure.
There is definitely enough to do in the two wizard themed parks alone that could take you the whole day to explore. I'll be planning my trip for mid July to early August. Will you have an opportunity to visit this new theme park soon? What are your thoughts on the new expansion?