Universal Orlando announced this morning that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion, Diagon Alley, will have its Grand Opening on Tuesday, July 8.

The announcement comes after months of rumors that suggested opening dates at the end of June. Universal refused to make the announcement months ahead (as it is common in the industry) in the hopes they could avoid some of the chaos they encountered four years ago when Hogsmeade opened. Back then, on opening day, it took people as much as 8 hours to even get from the parking lot to the Harry Potter section of the park.

The date was revealed this morning during the VIP preview that Universal is hosting in Orlando for selected members of the press. Harry Potter stars Matt Lewis, Evanna Lynch and the Phelps Twins were in charge of the announcement.

Expect more information, videos and pictures to be released in the following days.

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