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  • Diagon Alley, Gringotts ride to open in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter July 8

  • Diagon Alley is the newest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It will open July 8, and fans of the "Harry Potter" series will be able to ride the Hogwarts Express, drink Butterbeer and receive currency at Gringotts Bank.
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  • ORLANDO, Fla. — On July 8, muggles will no longer need floo powder to visit Diagon Alley.A ticket to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, is the only necessary purchase for access to the theme park’s new wizard habitat featured in one of the world’s most beloved fantasy series.According to Theme Park Insider, Diagon Alley’s centerpiece will be the indoor roller coaster “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.”The attraction will send its riders through Gringotts Bank as they battle 3D dragons, trolls and You Know Who alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione.Diagon Alley will also include shops such as Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Borgin and Burkes, and Ollivander’s wand shop.The park is bound to be as interactive as the books and movies, according to Orlando My Way.Visitors can be entertained by two live-stage versions of fables from J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.”Guests can also take pictures with the Knight Bus, cast spells at specified locations around the park and purchase souvenirs using Wizarding Bank Notes.After a full day of practicing magic, meals and beverages can be purchased at The Leaky Cauldron, Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour and Eternelle's Elixir of Refreshment.Several cast members from the “Harry Potter” movie series have taken a sneak peak at the new park.Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) spoke with with the "Today Show" June 18 regarding the park’s atmosphere.“It’s much better than we had to work with,” Helena Bonham Carter said on "Today." “We had to pretend things were real, and now they’re just real.”Fans have wandered through Hogsmeade in Orlando's Island of Adventure theme park since 2010, but now a park-to-park pass is required to travel from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley, located in Orlando’s Universal Studios, via the Hogwarts Express.The Hogwarts Express will host video screen windows that take muggles on a virtual scene route through the English countryside, according to Theme Park Insider.Similar to Disney’s fast pass, guests will pick up a return ticket for the train to avoid eight-hour lines.Visitors can purchase a park-to-park pass for $136 or a single park pass for $96, according to Universal Orlando.
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