Universal's Harry Potter Diagon Alley has soft opening - Thursday, July 3rd.
July 3, 2014|By Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel
Diagon Alley finally had a soft opening for the general public Thursday afternoon, as Universal Orlando let visitors without hotel packages into the new Harry Potter land.
Universal did not give information about what the soft opening schedule will be throughout this weekend. It has advised guests to watch social media for information. The expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will officially open Tuesday
"If you plan to visit before the July 8 Grand Opening, please understand that the hours are limited, and access to shops and food venues may vary — not everything may be open all the time," Universal said on its blog.
"I was in Diagon Alley for a bit and I watched our guests cheer when the dragon breathed fire and smile as they tasted Butterbeer ice cream, as well as explore all the shops," Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email. "It was great."
Guests did not, however, get a chance to try the signature attraction, the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride.
"If it was open, that would be the first thing" to visit, said Daniel Germain, 25, an Orlando Latin teacher …more