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Today LogoWe are often left in suspense by Universal Orlando over major developments in their theme parks and this year, the hottest attraction in Orlando is still under wraps, as we await the tiniest clues about the ‘soft opening’ and ‘official opening dates for the incredible new Diagon Alley area that is still under construction at Universal Studios.

When it is completed this summer, guests will be impressed by a brand new immersive Harry Potter experience that will even dwarf the huge popularity of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade area over at the Islands of Adventure sister park.

On Friday April 25th, NBC’s ‘Today’ show will be broadcasting live from within Universal Orlando, and a media event like that can’t mean anything other than an important bit of news (or two!)

Right now, Universal will be pulling out all of the stops to ensure that the Hogwarts Express leaves King’s Cross station on time for the Independence Day holiday.  To ensure that, we can expect to see soft openings from June at the latest and the attraction to be nicely settled down by its official opening by the last week of June at the latest.
On Friday, we should know a lot more about the launch date for Diagon Alley.

Luxury Orlando Vacation HomesUniversal are no strangers to surprises though, and they may be using the Today show event for something else!  Rumours of a new Universal Orlando water park have also buzzed around theme park rumour blogs over the course of 2013 and 2014.
Add to that the almost certain prospect of a new King Kong attraction in the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure and this Friday could herald numerous announcements and hints of more to come!

Could Universal’s theme parks steal 4th spot from Disney’s Hollywood studios in the Orlando theme park attendance charts?

Check out our latest quick look at 2014 to see what is opening and closing in and around the theme parks this year!