Even though July 8 stands as the public opening, there is one way to get into Diagon Alley over a week earlier. Starting June 29, guests who book Universal Orlando's special Harry Potter package (from $155 per adult, per night) will be granted advance access to Diagon Alley, along with a bunch of other perks.
All in all, the package includes 4 nights at the brand new on-site hotel Cabana Bay Beach Resort, 3 days of park-to-park tickets, one breakfast per person in the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade and The Leaky Cauldron within Diagon Alley, early admission to the theme park, a special HP-themed "welcome parcel," and complimentary transportation between the hotel and parks.
Come fall, that package rate drops to $135 per adult, per night. Even though the park will be several months into its opening by then, at least you may benefit from knowing kids are mostly in school for the season and the grand opening fever will have calmed. Either waysummer or autumnit's a generous deal for the offer. And just wait until you see Cabana Bay! It may just be our new favorite Florida resort.
As for Diagon Alley's press preview these next few days, expect a ton of awesome photos and commentary from us, but for now here's some official teaser shots:
We're in Orlando attending the preview of Diagon Alley as a guest of Universal Orlando, but all opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: Universal Studios Orlando]