Despite the 100 degree days we’ve been having in Florida, the creative teams at Orlando’s Universal Theme Parks are already heading into the fall season. I will be transitioning over from Fabrication to Halloween Horror Nights as the one and only repair seamstress for the scareactor costumes throughout the entire event, so stay tuned on that, but before I do, I wanted to say a few words about my work and the costumes for Diagon Alley!
So come now and step through the brick wall into Diagon Alley…
I must say it was an honor and a privilege to have worked on some of the fabulous costumes for the grand opening of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in Universal Studios. As a Costume Fabrication Specialist, The highlight of my involvement in that project was to work on the “Invisibility Cloak” for The Tales of Beetle the Bard show… I was disappointed that our version was not a replica of the one used in the movie, but it is still very cool!! It was my job to hand baste the fabrics of the cloak’s exterior. You can see the full size and puppet size cloaks in this video…
Some of the other costumes that were made onsite include Celestina Warbeck’s Beaded Dress and the Banshee Back Up Singer Dresses… they were very couture in construction. I helped cut the multiple layers of tulle that went into Celestina’s Dress. I have also worked on repairs to the Banshee Dresses since they’ve been put into the line. You can see the show here…
The architecture and construction details that went into creating Diagon Alley is amazing. The buildings are somewhat off kilter and lean into the street, creating a unique effect on your perspective.
My favorite part is of course Knockturn Alley where all the dark arts shops can be found.
The food at the Leaky Cauldron is very authentically English, my favorite meal is the Bangers and Mash. Since I now live only 4 blocks from the park, I can pretty much go in there anytime and eat!
For dessert, don’t miss the creamy and delicious Butterbeer Ice Cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor.
If you’re planning on buying a wand, get an enchanted one, then use the map that comes with it to find all the enchanted markings on the ground where you can stand and follow the spell to make all kinds of magical things happen throughout Hogsmead and Diagon Alley!
and of course, last but not least the Escape From Gringott’s Ride! There is nothing like it in the world. It combines the most high tech advanced technology in theme park ride history including a 3D Roller Coaster, Tilt A Whirl, Lazers, Dragons, Fire and MORE! The architecture throughout the journey is amazing!
If you have any questions or would like me to meet up with you at the park please let me know!!!
Gina Vincenza Van Epps aka Psycho Seamstress,
A List Wardrobe Seamstress, Designer & Costume Fabrication Specialist at Universal Orlando Theme Parks