20 Pics from Opening Day at the New Harry Potter Park, Where Muggles Waited 7 Hours to Ride

A dragon breathes fire from atop Gringnotts Bank during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A dragon breathes fire from atop Gringnotts Bank at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.
John RaouxAssociated Press

Muggles waited in line yesterday for up to seven hours to ride the new Harry Potter ride on opening day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort.

So what did folks do while waiting? They posted photos to social media, of course. Take a look at some images from yesterday’s opening.

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It was so crowded, many fans, like Christina from Chicago, were told they had to come back later:

Kasey posted this pic, writing, “WARNING: I will probably die in this line”:

Good news! Kasey made it through the line. Here she is, alive and well at Gringott’s Bank.

Lots of images of the famous fire-breathing dragon. As Vanessa Sheridan put it, “The most talked about part of #DiagonAlley!!”

Posted by Bailey Walman, who wrote “Roar!!!!”:

Here’s a Diagon Alley selfie from jstormmusic:

Sharon bought this shirt and wore it proudly, writing, “Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes! My shirt is dedicated to the Weasley Twins!”


A little rain didn’t stop folks from having fun. Here’s carissaspeaks101 from New Jersey, who wrote “#BUTTERBEER in the rain!”

AnnMarie posted this cute pic, writing, “Enjoying his butter beer!”

“Felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie,” wrote amourexo:

All aboard the Hogwarts Express! This is Selene Valenzuela Aguilera:

And, finally, check out the nighttime view of the dragon, posted by JBL from Florida: