Jump On The Hogwarts Express At Universal Orlando Summer 2014

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.

Get ready to immerse yourself in even more Harry Potter fun with the Summer 2014 expansion at Universal Orlando. Part of that expansion is going to be a dream come true for Potterheads like myself…getting to ride on the Hogwarts Express!

Can you imagine….seeing seeing Hagrid come alongside the train on his flying motorbike! Because you will!

Hagrid at Hogsmeade Station

Watch as Buckbeak the Hippogriff swoops gracefully over the black lake!


Of course no scenery would be complete without seeing the Weasley twins on brooms and up to their usual antics! Those Weasley’s…gotta love ’em!

Fred Weasley

This is going to be one of the most memorable and exciting experiences from the Harry Potter series will come to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer. Just imagine (but soon you won’t have to):

  • 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… YIKES..good reason to have chocolate on hand, right!!

King's Cross Station

As a Harry Potter fan, this is such a dream. Getting to take the journey that took Harry to his “home”. The train will connect the new land (Diagon Alley) in Universal Studios Florida to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure! This will allow guests with park-to-park admission (or annual passes to both parks) to enjoy the iconic journey aboard the Hogwarts Express!

Those who go, will get to experience something that has never been done before, connecting two themed areas with an actual train ride. It’s like immersing yourself into the story but in real life! With state-of-the-art technology, special effects, and much more, guests will get to enjoy two completely different experiences depending on which way they are traveling!

Hogsmeade Station

In addition to Hagrid, Buckbeak, and The Weasley Twins, guests will be able to look out their windows and see the Knight Bus swerving through London traffic – and other special moments and surprises. The amazing creative team from Universal has been working with Warner Bros., Stuart Craig and the production team from the Harry Potter films to create this, sure to be amazing, experience. They have done so much to make sure the experience is true to the books and films!

**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**

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  1. 1

    We will be there this weekend. I can’t wait until they unveil everything and we can go again.

  2. 4

    This looks absolutely amazing. We’re going later this year and I can’t wait to see it!

  3. 5

    Squeal!!! This would be so cool!

  4. 6

    I wish I lived closer as this sounds amazing!

  5. 7

    I’m not even big on Harry Potter and I think this is amazing! It’ll be a few years before we make it to Florida but I am loving all the new stuff coming out that we’ll be able to enjoy.

  6. 8

    Looks like a fun and sort of spooky adventure!

  7. 9

    This sounds amazing. I so dream of visiting one day!

  8. 10

    I got to see some information about this when they first announced that they were going to do this. I would love to go see this in person. This looks so awesome.

  9. 11

    This looks like boatloads of fun!

  10. 12

    This sounds like an amazing experience!

  11. 13

    My kids would love going!

  12. 14

    I would so love to be able to go! How amazing!

  13. 15

    How fun! As old as I am, I am a big Harry Potter fan, would love to visit!

  14. 16

    My nephew would really enjoy this. He loves all things Hogwarts.

  15. 17

    This looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to see it in person!

  16. 18

    Just one more fabulous reason why I want to go to Orlando with my family. I love the Harry Potter movies and can’t wait to share them with my kids. Thanks for sharing, this would be at the top of my to-do list.

  17. 19

    I haven’t made it to Universal yet, but this looks awesome!! My son Loves trains so I am sure this will be a hit when we go!

  18. 20

    I’m so excited for this to open! We’ll be there in August to see it!

  19. 21

    I’ll be there later this year so I can’t wait to check it all out!

    • 22

      Also, it was super busy back there when I was visiting last time, so I’m hoping to be able to do more!

  20. 23

    My nephew would really enjoy this. It’s one of his favorite series of books.

  21. 24

    This looks like so much fun. My grandkids would love to go to Universal Studios for this.

  22. 25

    this is soo amazing. I wish me and my family can make a visit this summer!

  23. 26

    I can’t WAIT to bring my family to this!! Hogwarts will never be the same after we’ve been. HA!

  24. 27

    I never really got into Harry Potter but this looks awesome!

  25. 28

    I cannot wait to go again. We went a few years ago and it was so crowded.. like not even fun crowded!

  26. 29

    I think my kids would get a kick out of this. And since it’s not a roller coaster, I would actually ride it as well!

  27. 30

    We are headed to Orlando in July, so I am hoping that Hogwarts Express is open by then. I absolutely love when they do themes like this – my daughter is super excited and that’s the only thing she requested to do while we are there!

  28. 31

    I am not a Harry Potter fan at all but the idea of using a train ride to connect two separate parks is really great. And using themes from the books to make the idea fit, is really brilliant. I can see why this would be a huge draw.

  29. 32

    Looks like a really fun attraction. I’ve never been to Universal yet but I can’t wait to take my daughter in the future!

  30. 33

    I am so excited to see this. I have been wanting to get back to Universal for a while now & this makes me want to go this summer!

  31. 34

    We are hoping to take a trip down to Orlando in October!

  32. 35

    Who doesn’t love this series? I can’t wait for my first visit.

  33. 36

    I would love to go there. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan!

  34. 37

    That is stinking awesome! I think my husband would FLIP his WIG! He’s such a Harry Potter fan.

  35. 38

    I LOVE Harry Potter and would be so excited about this! I hope that I can visit. I will admit that I am a little jelly of your experience.

  36. 39

    Orlando is a quick trip from my home. Can’t wait to see this live in person!

  37. 40

    My son would just love to visit the Universal Orlando! I think my hubby and I would enjoy everything Harry Potter. 🙂

  38. 41

    I live 30 minutes from Universal and we cannot wait until this opens!!

  39. 42

    I have never been to Universal Orlando but now I really want to go and check out the Hogwarts Express with my grandchildren!

  40. 43

    Universal has so many new attractions coming out. Would you believe we’re yet to visit Universal?

  41. 44

    I can’t wait to ride this. I hoping to ride the minions ride in April and the transformer ride as well. Love when theme parks include our favorite movies.

  42. 45

    Universal has so many awesome rides. This looks like one that Harry Potter fans are sure to love!

  43. 46

    I would love to take my teen here. She would absolutely love it!

  44. 47

    This just looks AWESOME. I would love to visit this and check it out myself!

  45. 48

    What a fun trip this would be!

  46. 49

    That looks like so much fun, I can’t wait to take my kids. Thanks!!

  47. 50

    I HAVE to go back to Universal for this!! Can’t wait to experience it with my kids.

  48. 51

    Wow that sounds like a lot of fun, we are definitely Harry Potter fans here!

  49. 52

    I’m not huge into those movies but I love Universal. I’ll definitely check it out the next time I find myself in FL. which I hope is sooner than later.

  50. 53

    This looks SO cool. My kids and I were always big Harry Potter fans.

  51. 54

    I just saw a commercial about this attraction on television with my sons. It looks like it is an amazing experience.

  52. 55

    That looks like quite the adventure. I haven’t been to Universal studios in a long time. Fun!

  53. 56

    Wow, how cool is that….my son would love this. He is such a Harry Potter fan.

  54. 57

    This would be so amazing to see in person . we are huge Harry Potter fans I have never been to Universal studios before (Kim)

  55. 58

    So exciting! My husband is still a huge Harry Potter fan. Would love to visit this when it opens!

  56. 59

    I think that would be a fun thing to do, see Hogworth train how cool

  57. 60

    This ride looks like so much fun! My husband and I have read all Harry Potter books; I think we’ll like it as much or more than our little boys.

  58. 61

    Can’t wait! I’m hoping things line up that I can take the whole family back to Universal this Summer and experience the Hogwarts Express together!

  59. 62

    This looks like a blast. I have been wanting to visit and now I do even more!

  60. 63

    Love this! I went to Universal Studio but that was years ago. I would back just for the Hogwarts Express!

  61. 64

    Oh wow I would love to do this – if only I lived anywhere near 🙁 x

  62. 65

    These pictures are amazing. What a fun experience!

  63. 66

    We went right when the original exhibit first opened – it was awesome! Can’t wait to go back and see all the additions!

  64. 67

    My daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan! She’s been begging to go for several years!

  65. 68

    I have been dying to go to Universal Studios since they opened the Harry Potter park. Now I have even more reason to visit!

  66. 70

    We haven’t gotten the girls into Harry Potter yet but I’m certain the time is near. My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece however, would absolutely love this! We haven’t been to Universal Orlando but I think it looks fantastic.

  67. 71

    I have some friends that would LOVE this!! Their daughters are HUGE Harry Potter fans.

  68. 72

    This will be an awesome ride! I would love to see Hagrid zooming past.

  69. 73

    This is great for all of those Harry Potter fans out there. Both kids and adults alike. It seems like it will be an amazing experience.

  70. 74

    I am so excited to go this summer to Harry Potter this makes me even more excited.

  71. 75

    This is an amazing way to truly reward huge Harry Potter fans. I love Universal Orlando and even Florida as a whole. There are many things to do and certainly with the addition of this attraction, I would love to spend my vacation here. 🙂

  72. 76

    I bet that will be a popular ride! I think our family is the only one that has not watched/read Harry Potter. For some reason my boys have never wanted anything to do with it.

  73. 77

    Wow the Hogwarts express looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  74. 78

    This looks pretty cool. My two oldest were Harry Potter fans.

  75. 79

    The effects look amazing. Might be a fun ride to try!

  76. 80

    I so want to go!! I love HP!

  77. 81

    I am so so soooo excited about this. My first Universal trip will be this August/September and I can wait see all of the Harry Potter stuff.

  78. 82

    I love about four hours from Universal. I can’t remember the last time I have been there or to Islands Of Adventure. I want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter so badly! There is a big butter beer calling my name 🙂

  79. 83

    It sounds like it’s going to be such an amazing experience. I can’t wait for it to open 🙂

  80. 84

    That train replica makes the trip a must-see for this summer. What a great way to help bring the stories to life!

  81. 85

    I need to get to Universal the next time we’re in Florida. My kids and I are obsessed with Harry Potter!

  82. 86

    I’m a Harry Potter fan, so I would love this!

  83. 87

    we’ve not been to Universal yet. It’s on my to do list and with my kids loving Harry Potter this is a must see.

  84. 88

    That is so neat! I wanna visit the theme park someday 🙂

  85. 89

    This looks like a lot of fun! i bet Harry Potter fans are going to be flocking to this in droves! 🙂

  86. 90

    What an amazing ride it must be… I would love to jump on that train.

  87. 91

    Oh my gosh, that’s so cool! My son would love this!!

  88. 92

    We had the chance to go last summer and loved Universal. Love your pictures and thanks for sharing the experience.

  89. 93

    I love Harry Potter! This sounds like it will be very cool!

  90. 94

    I am hoping to be able to get down there in the fall to check this out.

  91. 95

    My husband would love to go and see this.

  92. 96

    SQUEAL! Oh My Gosh! I’d really.really,really would LOVE to go there. Potterheads unite!

  93. 97

    I am taking my kids for the first time this fall – they are going to LOVE this!! Thanks for the info and pics!! DG

  94. 98

    Wow, I had no idea iit is just so amazing – and who isn’t a Harry Potter’s fan?!!!

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