Staff WriterUniversal Orlando Blog, fans can now know what food and beverages will be served inside Diagon Alley. Pop on down to the Leaky Cauldron, where you can enjoy delicious dishes such as:
- Bangers and Mash (traditional roasted sausages with creamy mashed potatoes)
- Toad in the Hole (traditional sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy)
- Cottage Pie (a savory combination of meat and vegetables in a potato crust)
- Fisherman’s Pie (salmon, shrimp and cod baked together under a potato crust)
- Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew (served in a bread bowl)
1. The Live entertainment and interactive experiences.
The Live entertainment and interactive experiences.
Orlando Weekly’s Seth Kubersky says “The Wizarding World expansion's real legacy will be determined by how well they can balance the "magic" of having a unique, personal experience against meeting the operational needs of what is sure to be (at least for the near future) overwhelming attendance”
Shall we get the chance to see other Wizards and recognizable characters?
Linking merchandise to interactive elements.
Nick Sin, editor in chief of The Theme Park Tourist says: “ It's no longer enough just to tack a store stocked with some generic items onto the end of an attraction – the stores, restaurants, and even the items that they sell have got to be a part of the story, too. Critically, not only does that make the experience better for guests, it also dramatically increases sales."
Does this mean finding the perfect wand for you?
3. Engaging all five senses.
Engaging all five senses.
Robert Niles, the Theme Park Insider editor and chief, states ”Diagon Alley promises to take that level of immersion to a deeper level, with the introduction of interactive magic wands and a fully-contained themed experience. Universal's Wizarding World might have been the first theme park development to utilize all five senses in creating an immersive environment, by adding taste to the mix with Butterbeer, Chocolate Frogs, and other treats first described and depicted in the Harry Potter books and films. Few entertainment franchises create the opportunity for the inclusion of food in the experience, but Potter did, and Universal took advantage.” He continues with, "Diagon Alley will continue and extend that five-sense immersion, but in a project that Universal developed from scratch, as opposed to one built on top of an existing development, as Hogsmeade was built atop the remnants of Islands of Adventure's Lost Continent. There won't be rollercoasters with half-developed themes in Diagon Alley; it promises to be a completely authentic recreation of the Diagon Alley experience suggested in the books and films.”
4. The Artists are now front row and center.
The Artists are now front row and center.
Touring Plans writer Derek Burgan states, “While we look at Diagon Alley as being the next “game changer” in immersion, it’s easy to overlook that the game has already changed. Everything since WWOHP has followed in its footsteps, and the landscape looks to continue that way with Disney Springs and Avatarland in Animal Kingdom.”
So what do you think? Are you excited to head on over to Diagon Alley, or are you just going to make a mad dash for the next fireplace? Don't forget to comment!
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