After months of endless rumors and speculations, Universal Orlando Resort finally announced today the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Orlando in 2014.

So far, the only thing that had been confirmed was the fact that Universal was working on an expansion, and while long-time rumors noted Diagon Alley as the area that was being constructed, it’s until today that we’ve got official confirmation.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.

Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.

And – just like in the books and films – guests will be able to travel between ‘London’ and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express.

The company goes on to confirm that the expansion will feature ‘shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank.’ Author J.K. Rowling was quoted on the press release saying she’s “pleased that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proved so popular to date, and I’m sure that the attention to detail in creating the new Diagon Alley area will make this an even better experience.

Universal notes that more details will be released over time; meanwhile we can enjoy the amazing concept art provided:

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