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OTRC: 'Harry Potter' Diagon Alley attraction opening date at Universal Studios announced

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson appear in a still from 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.' (Warner Bros. Ent / Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R. / Jaap Buitendijk)

"Harry Potter" fans who were waiting for the Diagon Alley attraction to open at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida will only have to wait just a little while longer.

The resort announced on Wednesday, June 18, that the attraction will officially open at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Island of Adventure on July 8. Once there, fans can walk the streets of Diagon Alley, check out shops featured in the films and books like Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and dine at the Leaky Cauldron.

Guests can also board the Hogwarts Express and travel between London and Hogsmeade. There's also a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts where fans can re-enact a scene from one of the books and films in which Harry, Ron and Hermione break into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault in Gringotts Wizarding Bank in order to steal an item that will help them defeat Lord Voldemort.

"Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will change the way you think about theme park attractions," Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, said in a statement in May. "We've created an entirely new type of ride that propels guests into the story like never before, and guests will remember it long after their visit to Diagon Alley."

Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the ride below.

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