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May 9, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
After a year of construction, Universal Orlando  has finally admitted that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will expand in 2014 with a detailed re-creation of London's Diagon Alley from the wildly popular series of books and movies. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions The highly anticipated expansion of the Wizarding World themed land at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla., will see the introduction of a Gringotts Bank attraction in a second land at the adjacent Universal Studios Florida theme park.
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May 9, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
After a year of construction, Universal Orlando  has finally admitted that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will expand in 2014 with a detailed re-creation of London's Diagon Alley from the wildly popular series of books and movies. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions The highly anticipated expansion of the Wizarding World themed land at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla., will see the introduction of a Gringotts Bank attraction in a second land at the adjacent Universal Studios Florida theme park.
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September 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
Two British railway cars from the "Hogwarts Express" that brought Harry Potter and his pals to school have been vandalized, police said Thursday. The maroon railway cars, part of the train used in the first two Harry Potter movies, were covered in green and silver graffiti that will cost an estimated $5,000 to clean. "It is just mindless vandalism," said James Shuttleworth, chief operations officer for the West Coast Railway Co., which owns the train.
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November 18, 2001
Fans who want to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter can visit English locations where the new movie based on the bestselling book series was shot. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone--Discovering the Magic of Britain" highlights eight film sites. (The film was released as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in Britain and as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in the U.S.
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October 28, 2007 | Janet Stobart, Reuters Associated Press
1 Britain Beginning Nov. 14, Euro- star trains will depart for Paris and Brussels from the glamorous new international terminal at St. Pancras in north-central London. And they will run even faster. As planners began to prepare the city's infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games, the present Eurostar terminal at Waterloo was deemed too far from connections to central London and main lines to the rest of the country. The Victorian St.
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January 25, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Universal Orlando will debut the "Cinematic Spectacular" nighttime water show this spring as part of a new entertainment lineup at the Florida theme park that includes an upgrade to one ride, a re-theme of another attraction and the addition of a nightly parade. PHOTOS: New attractions coming to Universal Orlando this spring and summer "Cinematic Spectacular" will celebrate a century of Universal Studios movie memories with a nighttime water show that features film clips projected on 30-foot-by-30-foot waterfall screens and colorful fountains that rocket 100 feet into the air along with laser lights and pyrotechnic displays on the Orlando theme park's central lagoon.
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March 7, 2004 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
CANADA Slow gait, scenery on a trail ride Saddle up for a five-day Rocky Mountain high in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Trail riding adventures, available on six dates from July 3 through Aug. 28, take riders from the Banff town site into the wilderness region near Block Mountain and Rainbow Lake. The rides depart Saturdays and return Wednesdays.
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July 8, 2012 | By John Lee, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ticket holders at this summer's Olympic Games will have something in common with non-sporting London visitors: At some point, they will want to flee the jam-packed capital. Luckily, escaping the madding crowds is as easy as hopping on a train. As a Brit who grew up near the city, here are my recommendations for 10 gold-medal-winning day trips. Highclere Castle The real-life Downton Abbey is an ideal day out for fans of Violet, the dowager countess. Stroll elegant staterooms and peek into posh bedrooms before descending the handsome oak staircase to the arch-lined saloon - the dramatic heart of the house as well as the blockbuster TV series.
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June 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
What rises beneath the picturesque iron signs, just past the steaming engine of the now iconic Hogwarts Express, is not so much a theme park as an eye-widening, heart-lifting testament to the unassailable power of imagination in the 21st century. A story conjured in the head of a young woman 20 years ago as she rode on a train from Manchester to London has become not just a book franchise, not just a film series, but an actual place: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure.
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