Get a sneak peak at Universal's new Harry Potter park

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A window display is seen at the Apothecary during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando (AP)
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Dimitri Abbondandolo holds up various denominations of currency that can be purchased The Gringnotts Exchange during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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A man stands outside the entrance to Borgin and Burkes store in Knockturn Alley during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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T-shirts and ceramic skulls are displayed at Borgin and Burkes in Knockturn Alley during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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Signs to shops are seen during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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People walk along Diagon Alley during a preview at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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The Hogwarts Express arrives at Hogsmeade station during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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A cape is displayed along with other items available to guests during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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Allie Dillard shows off a ferret puppet that can be purchased at the Magical Menagerie store during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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A girl stands in front of Florian Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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A dragon breathes fire from atop Gringnotts Bank during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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A dragon breathes fire from atop Gringnotts Bank during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)
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Joy Gorrell waves an interactive wand that guests can purchase to create magic by waving at various locations such as this frog fountain in the park during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. (AP)

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ORLANDO — A new park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley, is expected to open to the public at Universal Orlando Resort on July 8. It's the theme park's second attraction inspired by the Harry Potter series of books and movies. The first one opened in 2010 and has been wildly popular with visitors.

Like the first Harry Potter park, the new area is richly detailed, bringing to life characters and settings from the series. Here's a look from a media preview held Tuesday and Wednesday at what it's like to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. (AP)

 

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