Harry Potter fans can soon experience the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is to expand, having unveiled new details. Visitors to the theme park will soon be able to experience what it is like riding the Hogwarts Express.

Universal Orlando Harry Potter Hogwars Express Kings Cross Station Concept

The Hogwarts Express will connect the Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios theme park to the Harry Potter Hogsmeade area of the Islands of Adventure theme park, travelling between the two. The train can seat around 200 people, with the journey lasting about seven minutes, which has been described as “a different experience each way.”

“This is a full scale train experience that is authentic to what you see in the movie,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.

Visitors that board from the Diagon Alley area will find themselves at King Cross Station and be able to walk through the brick wall to Platform 9 ¾, where they will be guided to their compartment. Passengers on board the Hogwarts Express will encounter familiar characters and creatures from the world of Harry Potter, as well as enjoying a view of the British countryside. They may even find themselves taking part in an adventure before reaching their destination. 

In order to ride the Hogwarts Express visitors would require a Park-to-Park ticket, which costs $136 (around £81).

Fans can also take a look around Diagon Alley where they can have something to eat at the Leaky Cauldron, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders, or purchase a uniform or cloak at Madam Malkin’s Robes. Anyone that’s feeling a bit brave can also take part in the ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringrotts, described as a “multi-dimensional thrill ride” as you travel down the Gringotts’ vaults.

Universal Orlando Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts Concept

The Diagon Alley expansion and the Hogwarts Express is expected to open at Universal Orlando later this summer.


Sources: Universal Orlando

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