Saturday, June 20, 2009

Theme Park News: A Princess Diana Disney Attraction? Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photos

Time for some theme park news kiddies. First, I have to start off with what seemed like a far fetched story, but it seems to be true. According to, Downtown Disney in Orlando will be adding "DIANA - The People Princess" in the former location of the Virgin Megastore.
"DIANA – The People’s Princess" will be opening in early July 2009. If you loved Princess Diana's style and glamour, you'll love this. This limited time exhibit includes five rarely seen royal dresses worn by Princess Diana, and showcases her life and story. The collection will be on display in the spot that once held the Virgin Megastore at Downtown Disney West Side. Being presented by The People’s Princess Charitable Foundation, this is one of the largest collections of royal dresses and rare artifacts ever assembled for an American audience.

The exhibition will be on display through November 30, 2009. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Tickets may be purchased at the exhibit: $14.50 (ages 10 and above), $5 (ages 3-9).
Museums are nice, and who doesn't like Princess Diana? But here's the thing.. Over the past couple of years DD has been closing shop on many of it's stores and clubs because they were going to "re imagine it" and make it better than ever. Sounds great! Also sounds like typical Disney PR. They are re-imagining it by adding a temporary museum, some t-shirt stores and a balloon ride. Wow, I sure can't wait to go back.

Let's move on to Universal Orlando. In particular, Islands of Adventure where they are in the middle of building The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This looks to be a fantastic addition to the park and a fun place to run around in. One of the areas that you can visit along with Hogswart Castle will be the town of Hogsmeade. Universal has released some of the artist renderings and it looks pretty good. Other then some building frames going up in the park, there hasn't been much to see...until now. It seems that the area where much of the building facades are being built is just a few miles from the park, and visible to the public. So here are some photos of what you can expect:

More photos can be found at

1 comment:

  1. Bout time we start seeing some actual facades! Woo-hoo!