The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida is getting very close to opening, with just a tentative date of “Summer 2014”. Today, however, we arrived home to find a parcel left for us by an Owl. What mysteries awaited for us inside? What secrets could we find inside Vault 722? It took a wizard to find out, but what we did find answered a few questions, and gave us a first hand look at the detail that we can expect when Diagon Alley finally opens to Muggles.
It’s not uncommon for us to find strange packages waiting for us occasionally, but this was unexpected, and it showed up…like magic. Inside the box was the mysterious Vault 722. Well, not exactly the vault itself, that would take a whole flock of owls to deliver (and where would we put it!) but it was a nice Muggle sized version.
The vault contained a solid gold bar of Gringotts gold. Goblins are said to be very stingy with their gold, and very protective of it, so it was a bit of a surprise for us to actually get a huge bar of it! Inside was also got a bank rune from Gringotts Wizard Bank, with our account and vault numbers. Funny, since we haven’t been granted access to Gringotts in the past. Still, who are we to turn down Goblin gold? Also included was a ticket to ride on The Hogwarts Express! Of course, it’s round trip from Platform 9 3/4 to Hogsmeade Station.
Video: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Media Invite Unboxing
Universal Orlando will be hosting a Media and VIP Preview of Diagon Alley from June 17th through June 20th. Although Universal has yet to announce when Diagon Alley will be opening, it could be very likely that we will see a Grand Opening date somewhere in there, perhaps on June 20th or June 21st (since that is the first official day of Summer). While that’s not 100% certain, it could be likely. However, we must point out that Disney held a media preview for their Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster a full month before the opening date. Universal has not given media or VIP’s access to an attraction without a public grand opening being close behind , but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. After all, Diagon Alley and Escape from Gringotts will be one of the most technologically advanced attractions in theme park history to date.
Earlier this week, Universal Orlando announced all the exciting details on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, one of the main attractions inside of Diagon Alley, which includes the plot line for the attraction, characters guests will encounter along their journey, and more.
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