Welcome to the first installment of PotterWatch 2.0, Touringplans.com’s Harry Potter Construction Update. This recurring photo gallery series will follow the construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley in Unversal Studios Florida and other related expansion at Universal Orlando Resort. So grab your broomstick and sail with us to London!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley (Universal Studios Florida)
First up is Kings Cross station, departure point for the Hogwarts Express train to the other park.
Looking a little further down the London waterfront, towards the entrance to Diagon Alley:
The Wyndhams Theatre facade, based on a famous West End location.
Grimmauld Place, home of Sirius Black:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade (Islands of Adventure)
Hopping over to IoA, here a look at the limited progress made recently on the Hogsmeade train depot in what is currently Lost Continent.
We’ll conclude with a look at demolition on the funnel cake stand in Port of Entry, which is being replaced by a Starbucks.
We’ll close out this edition with a couple of the latest Harry Potter construction rumors. As always, rumors are for entertainment purposes only; take these items with a large grain of salt:
- According to online informant HateToFly, the Hogwarts Express trains have completed their first test voyage, successfully traveling from one station to the other. There is still much work still to do on the trains, especially the interiors.
- Exactly which vendors are involved in Diagon Alley’s E-ticket Gringotts ride is a closely guarded secret, but after interrogating several important industry players at IAAPA last week, I’m willing to wager a nickel on the following: the ride’s roller-coaster track is provided by Intamin (California Screamin’), the ride vehicles and/or linear induction propulsion system is by Premiere Rides (Revenge of the Mummy), and the special effect Kuka arms and motion simulator bases are by Dynamic Attractions (Soarin’, Forbidden Journey).