Do you want to ride Hogwarts Express and relive the experiences Harry Potter did on his first journey to Hogsmeade, from the brick wall he walked through at Platform 9 3/4, to sitting in the actual cabins (well, an exact replica!)? Soon it will all be happening, and we cannot wait!
Exciting information from the press release:
One of the most memorable and exciting experiences from the Harry Potter series will come to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer:
• Being transported from the Muggle world to the wizarding world as you pass through the brick wall at King’s Cross Station to arrive at Platform 9 ¾
• Watching in amazement as the Hogwarts Express pulls into the station – its billowing steam and authentic whistle beckoning you to hop aboard
• Sitting in one of the train’s cabins with your family and friends and actually riding the Hogwarts Express – just as your favorite characters did in the Harry Potter films
• Looking outside your cabin window and enjoying a scenic, breathtaking journey through the British countryside as you encounter magical creatures, some of your favorite Harry Potter characters…and even Dementors…
Universal Orlando just revealed never-before-released details about the Hogwarts Express experience that will debut as part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley – the all-new, magnificently themed land opening 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 – allowing guests with park-to-park admission to enjoy a real journey aboard the iconic locomotive.
Never before has this been done – creating an actual train ride experience to connect two spectacularly themed environments. The Hogwarts Express experience combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime. Guests will enjoy two completely different experiences depending on whether they’re traveling to Hogsmeade or London.
Once seated in the cabin, guests will be able to look out their windows as an incredibly authentic and magical adventure unfolds before them. They’ll see Hagrid come alongside the train on his flying motorbike, below you can see him at Hogsmeade Station:
Buckbeak the Hippogriff swoop gracefully over the black lake:
and the Weasley twins on brooms and up to their usual antics:
Also, the Knight Bus swerving through London traffic – 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 sensational 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.
I attended a press event on Thursday evening to hear all about the newest details available about this addition to the Universal Orlando theme park. My son is beside himself with excitement, I can still see his face as we went through Hogsmeade last summer, he couldn’t believe he was walking in Harry Potter’s world. And soon there will be much more! Universal Orlando is also opening a new hotel on property and adding almost 3500 new staff, some great news in this economy!
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post.
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). 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 www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter.
Here I am with George Weasley, I mean Oliver Phelps, from the Harry Potter movies. I am very excited to have finally met someone from the series!