Universal Orlando has revealed a few new details about the Hogwarts Express attraction that will debut as part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley this summer.
The train will connect the new land in Universal Studios Florida with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure park, allowing guests with park-to-park admission to enjoy a real journey aboard the iconic locomotive.
Guests will be transported from the Muggle world to the Wizarding World as they pass through the brick wall at King’s Cross Station to arrive at Platform 9 ¾. Passengers will sit in one of the train’s cabins with their family and friends, and see “outside” their cabin window, enjoying a scenic journey through the British countryside as they encounter magical creatures, Harry Potter characters and even Dementors.
Never before has this been done – creating an actual train ride experience to connect two themed environments. The Hogwarts Express experience combines storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on their journey. Guests will enjoy two completely different experiences depending on whether they’re traveling to Hogsmeade or London.
During the ride guests will see Hagrid come alongside the train on his flying motorbike, Buckbeak the Hippogriff swoop gracefully over the black lake, the Weasley twins on brooms and up to their usual antics, the Knight Bus swerving through London traffic, Mad-Eye Moody – and other special moments and surprises.
Universal’s Creative team has been working closely with Warner Bros., Stuart Craig and the production team from the Harry Potter films to create a Hogwarts Express experience that the entire family can enjoy. The Creative team has gone to great lengths to ensure the experience is true to the books and films. Everything about the train is authentic – from the paint and the materials used to build it, all the way down to the whistle.
Park-to-park admission is required to experience the Hogwarts Express journey from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (located in Universal Studios Florida) to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure) or back. For more information about the Hogwarts Express – including a new video that features a first-look at the ride experience – and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit universalorlando.com/harrypotter.