Harry Potter-Universal Studio’s Hogwart’s Express

Today, Universal Orlando Resort 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.

I don’t normally post press releases, but this is Harry Potter and Universal Studios.  This sounds like a first-class theme park attraction, and I look forward to riding it later this year.  Universal Studios Florida is a first-rate theme park that, in many respects, matches the quality of nearby Walt Disney World.  Keep in mind, what appears below is a press release and originated with Universal Studios Florida on March 14, 2014.

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 14, 2014)

– One of the most memorable and exciting experiences from the Harry Potter

series will come to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer. Imagine:

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…

Since the very first Harry Potter film, every fan has dreamed of taking the same classic journey Harry Potter did

aboard the Hogwarts Express. And this summer – they will get to live it.

Today, Universal Orlando 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, 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 – 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.

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.