Details of Diagon Alley in Florida revealed
Jan 27th, 2014 by elisa

Harry Potter fans will be excited to know that Universal Orlando has unveiled details of Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Set to open this summer, a new ride – ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ promises to be a “multidimensional, multisensory” experience in which visitors will ride through Gringotts bank vaults in vehicles that drop, spin and turn. The ride will also be more suitable for younger riders than the current award-winning Forbidden Journey.

Diagon Alley will also have lots of new shops, including Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, selling novelty items and magical jokes, Ollivander’s wand shop, and visitors can dress up for Hogwarts school at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions.

View from front

View from front

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There is wireless broadband internet and all bedrooms have ceiling fans, flat screen TVs and radio units with iPod docking stations. The pool deck has a heatable swimming pool with raised spa area, sun loungers and table and chairs for some outside relaxation. Guests also have access to the main clubhouse, which offers a large swimming pool, two tennis courts, beach volleyball and a small gym.

It’s perfectly placed for visiting the popular Orlando family attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. It’s also brilliant for keen golfers with a number of championship courses nearby, including two at the Greg Norman-designed Champions Gate (home to David Leadbetter’s academy), the renowned course at Reunion and Highlands Reserve.

Sun deck and swimming pool

Sun deck and swimming pool

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views

Luxurious bedrooms

Luxurious bedrooms




More Harry Potter in Florida!
May 22nd, 2013 by elisa

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment have announced a new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley “environment”.

The new area will be built across both theme parks by next year, and aims to bring to life some of the places in the Harry Potter books and films.

Universal already offers visitors a Hogwarts and Hogsmeade experience at its Islands of Adventure theme park, but now Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal studios Florida theme park. Just like in the books and films, visitors will be able to travel between the two on the Hogwarts Express.

“Our vision is to create two amazing theme park experiences that combine into one, complete, magical journey,” said Universal Orlando Resort EVP of marketing and sales Alice Norsworthy.

We have plenty of accommodation in the sunshine state of Florida, many which are an easy distance from the theme parks. Why not try one of these 3, 4, 5 & 6 Bedroom Holiday Homes and Resort Town Homes with private pools, spa, hot tubs, game rooms and home theatres.

Also, don’t forget to check out our recent Florida guide.


Wizard ways
Oct 23rd, 2010 by jason

Harry Potter

There’s a new reason for visiting Florida, especially if you have young Harry Potter fans in tow. Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando has just opened its newest, grandest and most ambitious addition: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The Wizarding World is full of sights from the Potter universe. Rides including Dragon Challenge, Flight of the Hippogriff and the Forbidden Journey promise to bring thrills to guests of all ages, while sights like Ollivander’s Wand Shop, Hagrid’s Hut and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods will delight Potter fans.

If that list of whimsical flights of fancy leaves you cold, flight search website Skyscanner is trying to drum up business with a list of alternative wizard venues. Starting with New Zealand, used as the setting when JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. With unrivalled vistas and great natural beauty, it’s the perfect setting for the wizard Gandalf to bestride Middle Earth. Tolkien fans continue to catch flights to New Zealand to experience the world of hobbits, elves and orcs for themselves.

Orcs no good? Then there’s always the Wizard of Oz, in Kansas, USA. In 1900, L. Frank Baum described the adventures of one Dorothy Gale, a young girl who is whisked away by a tornado, ending up in the Land of Oz. Befriending a talking scarecrow, a cowardly lion and a tin man, she journeyed to visit The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and get back home to Kansas, where today fans can visit the Oz Museum which holds masses of memorabilia from the books, films and musicals.

Possibly even more magical, if you’re a basketball fan, would be a visit to the Washington Wizards in Washington, DC. Based in the capital city’s Verizon Center, this professional basketball team had a genuine wizard of the court play for them in the form of superstar Michael Jordan from 2001 to 2003. They still fill their arena for every game and their skill and showmanship make for an unforgettable experience. Or so they say.

Parc Asterix

Closer to home is Parc Asterix, a theme-park 22 miles north of Paris that’s based on the world of cartoon character Asterix. There you can meet the wizard, a member of Goscinny and Uderzo’s tribe of rebellious Gaul warriors who comically torment Julius Caesar’s legions in ancient France. Getafix is a potion-concocting druid who can prepare an elixir that grants superhuman strength to those who drink it.

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