Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NBC Today visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley; will open July 8 at Universal Orlando FL

On NBC this morning, “Today’s Take” presented the new attractions at Universal Orlando, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which now has been announced to open Wednesday, July 8, 2014, which comprises Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley (it’s not spelled like “Saigon”), with a train between them (Universal link and video here).  I think there is some Harry Potter infrastructure there now. 

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The Today staff conducted a two hour show from a replica of old London (I guess that’s the alley).  The train ride is supposed to be something else.  A one day ticket costs $136, but passes for multiday stays and for larger families seem to bring down the cost per person and per day considerably.  It pays to get there an hour early and reserve your place in line with a smart phone app. 

I’m a little surprised that Universal took so long to announce the attraction, because generally people need some advance notice to set up airline and hotel deals.  Delta is probably glad to see the announcement, finally.

The other big attraction in the area interesting to me seems to be the Mission Space at Disney’s Epcot, which offers a “Rocket to the Red Planet” (Mars) with variable level of intensity, link here.    The “Green Team” probably sounds safer for me. There is also a Planetary Plaza that looks interesting.   Maybe Today will visit this place.

It would seem that a productive visit to Orlando would hit both of these attractions, at separate theme parks, and cost more.  It’s a good time to look at the implications of the sinkhole problem, too.    

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