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  • Universal Orlando will conjure second Harry Potter attraction this summer

    2014-05-16

    Muggles will soon get the chance to explore more of Harry Potter's home when Universal Orlando Resort opens Diagon Alley this summer. Diagon Alley is the second part of the park's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, which has been a huge destination for family travel in the four years since it opened. The new area will double the size of Wizarding World, according to The Associated Press.

    Diagon Alley will center on Gringotts Bank, a central location in the series. Universal's version of the bank is topped by a 60-foot dragon. The area's main draw will be a new ride called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts," which features a mix of live action and 3-D projected special effects. Projections include digital animation and new scenes shot specifically for the park. Live action elements take place on sets in the bank's marble entranceway and vaults, and feature life-like animatronic goblins.

    Yahoo reports that the new attraction cost around $400 million to build. Universal Orlando should have no problem recouping that cost from Potter fans eager for the new experience. After the original Harry Potter area opened in 2010, park attendance increased 30 percent.

    Unconfirmed reports from insider site Orlando Informer predict that the attraction will open to the public at the end of June.

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