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For now we can only hope but dream that Universal studios sees this video and upgrades the current best alternative to this wondrous dream known as Hogwarts Express.
What to expect at the second best alternative
The Hogwarts Express is a first-of-its-kind ride that links multiple geographical locations in one themed experience. The train not only provides transportation from park to park but also presents two different “stories” for passengers to enjoy on their routes.
The Hogwarts Express travels from King’s Cross Station (in Universal Studios Florida) to Hogsmeade Station (in Islands of Adventure), as seen in the books and movies, and from Hogsmeade to King’s Cross. Thanks to video monitors that double as the locomotive’s windows, a number of Harry Potter characters make appearances, including the fabled trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione and a sneak attack by the chilling Dementors.
Where is the Hogwarts Express located?
In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, which is in Universal Studios Florida, and also in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which is located within Islands of Adventure.
The Hogwarts Express – height restrictions and other factors
There is no height requirement; has Express Pass access; requires a park-to-park theme-park ticket to ride.
The Hogwarts Express – wheelchair, ECV, and pram accessibility
The Hogwarts Express is a unique attraction in that it is also a mode of transportation between both of Universal Orlando’s theme parks. As such, it has greater accessibility for wheelchairs, ECVs (electric convenience vehicles), and prams (note that, in the United Kingdom, strollers are called “prams” and will be referred to as such in King’s Cross and Hogsmeade Stations).
Guests may bring all three of these items aboard the train, but please be aware that Universal-rented prams won’t be allowed; instead, passengers will drop them off upon entering the Hogwarts Express queue and then pick up another rental upon exiting the ride at the other station.
The Hogwarts Express – what you wish you knew before you experienced it
The only negative part of the entire attraction is the lack of voices and likenesses from Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). Unfortunately, Universal didn’t do the very best of jobs in finding a suitable replacement for the latter – and if you didn’t expect Hermione to sound so different beforehand, it might take you (momentarily) out of the experience.
Also, be sure to have your ticket or annual pass ready before heading to the queue, as fumbling for your admission at the last minute can really extend the wait time. (And, of course, make sure everyone in your party has park-to-park access!)
How scary is the Hogwarts Express?
We rate the Hogwarts Express one out of five Dementors in terms of fear factor. With a smooth ride and a mostly passive experience, the attraction really is designed for the whole family. The only potential hang-up here is for small children, who will probably be frightened by the boarding Dementor – which is a creepy-but-very-brief encounter.
What was the Hogwarts Express‘s opening date?
July 8, 2014
The Hogwarts Express – OI fun facts
There are, arguably, more Easter eggs in the Hogwarts Express queue and ride experience than practically any other attraction on the planet – the perfume advertisement in King’s Cross Station, for example, or the (invisible) thestrals outside of Hogmseade Station. Discussing what you managed to see with your friends and family afterwards is a major part of the fun.
Also, did you know that the Express is the first theme-park attraction in the world to be designed for literally anybody? Even if you’re an infant or on an oxygen tank, everyone can take the ride from London to Hogsmeade (or vice versa).
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