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Harry Potter’s ‘Diagon Alley’ Theme Park Gets Opening Date

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Harry Potter fans won’t need Hagrid’s umbrella to tap into Diagon Alley anymore—Universal Orlando said Wednesday that the extension of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter park will open July 8.

The announcement comes after circulating rumors suggested an opening date of June 30. The park has already drawn troves of Potter fanatics desperate to explore Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, where muggles can get their hands on everything from Butterbeer to chocolate frogs to Honeydukes.

Admission to Diagon Alley, however, will cost park goers upwards of $100, as the extension was in built in Universal Studios Florida, a separate park from Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where Hogsmeade lives.

The two will be connected by a fully functioning Hogwarts Express and, most exciting, “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts,” a 3-D ride depicting a fan-favorite scene from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film that will leave park visitors saying nothing but “mischief managed.”

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