The President and CEO of NBC Universal, Steve Burke, revealed during his remarks today at a conference that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the expansion of the current WWoHP in Orlando, will open in Spring 2014.
In his discussion at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Burke confirmed that the expansion will open this spring, following the opening of the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel at Universal Orlando. (The hotel opens on March 31, 2014 so sometime following this will be the opening of the expansion.)
Read the full quote, via Yahoo!:
We’re opening a second Harry Potter attraction in Orlando which I think is one of the most creative ideas I’ve ever seen in the theme park business but first attraction is in the one of our gates it’s called Islands of Adventure.
The second attraction is in the other gate and the way you get from one gate to the second gate as you take a train and the train is the Hogwarts Express. And so, the actual transition or the movement from one gate to another gate is part of the attraction which is never been done before and it’s a wonderful creative idea, that opens next spring. We think that’s going to be a very big draw.
Prior to this, the only official news that we’ve heard about the expansion is when they released the concept art in May, which you can see above.