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11 Stunning Sights From the Grand Opening of Universal's Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

July 8, 2014 was a banner day for Universal Studios with the opening of the much anticipated opening of the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Crowds began piling in at 5am, and the new area was quickly filled to capacity before noon. If you didn't get a chance to check out Diagon Alley's Grand Opening, here are 11 photos showing off Diagon Alley's first full day.

The red carpet was rolled out early in the morning, and guests were granted access in waves through London starting exactly at 8:00am.. 

Confetti streamed down onto the first thousand guests as they walked the red carpet. 

Smiling team members were there to help guests find their way to the Gringotts queue, which filled up instantly. 

The view from behind the Diagon Alley entrance. This area was sparsely populated because everyone was heading to Gringotts. 

The queue for Gringotts took up the entire Carkitt Market area, and then wrapped around a lone switchback that returned guests back to the ride area. The scene was pandemonium! 

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There are 3 comments.

is the area any larger than the other side ?

Yes, MUCH larger. It also comes full circle, so you're not forced to backtrack as much.

nice

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