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→ NBC Sports Grill Brew Replacing NASCAR at Universal CityWalk

So much for the WWE restaurant I had heard rumors about.

→ Diagon Alley open July 8th

I have a feeling that some people might be excited about this.

→ Diagon Alley to apparently open in ‘spring’

Last time “spring” meant June 18. This time, I am hoping it means mid-May.

→ More pictures of Hogwarts Express train at Universal Orlando appear online

Elyssa is going to be so bummed if this is not open by May of next year.

→ Transformers Ride has already had its 1 Millionth Rider

Really impressive news from Universal. What I found most interesting in the story, however, was this:

In fact, Comcast just announced it has doubled how much it planned to spend this year on its theme parks to $1.1 billion. It also has hinted that there will be more spending to come.

Hopefully, Disney will have some announcements during D23 that show it is still going to compete.

→ Wizarding World Diagon Alley opening date and Hogwarts Express ticket details explored in Universal Orlando survey

It will be interest to see how this plays out. My guess: people end up buying a whole lot more “park hopping” type tickets to jump between the two parks.

→ A detailed look at Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

The long rumored expansion of Harry Potter-related attractions at Universal Studios in Florida is now official. The most interesting things for me is probably the new Hogwarts Express:

“After teasing people with that static version of the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade, we’re now going to give them the opportunity to climb aboard that train and go on an actual journey. And we’re not going to do the usual theme park thing, where you get on an attraction that promises to take you on a journey, but then when you exit your ride vehicle, you’re actually back in the exact same spot where you began that ride,” Mark enthused. “After people climb aboard the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando Resort next year, as they exit that train, they’re going to find themselves in an entirely different environment, in a completely different place. Whether they’ve journeyed from London to Hogsmeade or visa versa. And we’ve made sure that even your train trip aboard the Hogwarts Express will be part of the ambitious immersive storytelling experience that we’re trying to create for our Guests with this Potter expansion.”

It sounds really impressive.