All aboard the Hogwarts 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.

Calling all Harry Potter fanatics! We have some exciting news about the new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando arriving this summer.

This year, visitors to Universal Orlando can explore the newly created Diagon Alley, which they can travel to via the actual Hogwarts Express! Ok, so maybe not the real Hogwarts Express, but it’s a pretty accurate reconstruction of the journey that Harry, Ron and Hermione take in the stories. The Hogwarts Express allows you to travel from London (Universal Studios) and Hogsmeade (Island of Adventures), and yes before you ask, I can confirm that you do travel via platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross station. As you travel from the land of muggles to the Wizarding World, you can enjoy the same journey that Harry and co experienced. This includes stunning views of the British countryside, encountering some of your favourite characters, magical creatures, as well as the odd Dementor thrown in.

Once you arrive in Diagon Alley you can enjoy all the sights and tastes of London from the films. Expect to find all of the well known shops such as Ollivanders (where you can pick your own wand), Weasleys Wizard Wheezes joke shop and Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, plus many more. You can also tuck into a traditional British meal at The Leaky Cauldron. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure then you can take on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts,. This is a multi-dimensional thrill ride where you take on the vaults at Gringotts bank. It’s fast paced and full of surprises, well worth a visit!

Hagrid at Hogsmeade Station

Currently open at Universal is Hogsmeade, which can be found in Universal’s Island of Adventures. Hogsmeade lets you explore the magical wizarding world, which includes Hogwarts Castle and the local shops in the town of Hogemeade. Here you can taste real life Butterbeer and pumpkin juice, send some owl post, and enjoy chocolate frogs and Cauldron Cakes. There’s also a range of pulse racing rides where you can ride a broomstick, take on dragons and Hippogriffs (a mythical creature with the head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse).

If you’re a Harry Potter fan then you can’t get much closer to experiencing life as a wizard than this. Universal have worked closely with both Warner Bros and J K Rowling herself to make sure all that all aspects of the Wizarding World are as accurate and authentic as they can be. You’re never too young or old to love Harry Potter, and you’ll find that the Wizarding World has something that everyone can enjoy.

So are you excited? If you want to catch Universal’s newest addition to Harry Potter’s Wizarding World then you’ll need to have a ticket which gives you access to both the Universal Studios and Island of Adventures. You can of course book your tickets on the Travel Republic site and we have some fantastic packages to take advantage of.

To find out more, watch this video all about the Hogwart’s Express