Universal Orlando unveiled details on a handful of restaurants planned for CityWalk on Thursday -- plus confirmed, it confirmed an expected one for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion set for Universal Studios theme park.
Yes, as many have assumed for months, a Leaky Cauldron eatery will be part of the Universal project, which is scheduled to open in summer of 2014. No details were shared about menu. There was mention of it being family-friendly and extremely detailed.
Last month, a Universal executive also shared that Leaky Cauldron fact during the World Trade Market exhibit in London, site of the pub for wizards in the Potter universe created by J.K. Rowling.
Officials in Orlando also discussed Hogwarts Express, the train that will carry guests between the Hogsmeade setting of the original Wizarding World at Islands of Adventure and the new Diagon Alley area next door at Universal Studios.
“You have these two great parks. Now you have an opportunity to go from one park to another in a one-story experience,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.
“You go to Universal Studios Florida, you can get on at Diagon Alley, you can get on the Hogwarts Express and take it over to Islands of Adventure, the Wizarding World, Hogsmeade, an unbelievable opportunity.”
Woodbury noted the train will run both directions between the two parks.
“Most people that come to the resort now experience both parks. This will be a great way for them to do that," he said.
And even if guests were to choose just one park, they'd still get a "Harry Potter experience," he said.
He did not say how the parks would handle a one-park ticketholder who wanted to board Hogwarts Express or if a two-park ticket would be required. A Universal official said more details would arrive as the grand opening gets closer.
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