“It’s true then, what they’re saying on the train”…the Hogwarts Express has come to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Set into place by crane early on Thursday, the Hogwarts Express will serve as the primary mode of transportation between the currently established Hogsmeade Village in Islands of Adventure and the new Diagon Alley addition in Universal Studios. Universal Orlando originally asked Charlie Weasley and his Romanian crew if they were available to transport the train via their broomsticks, but they regretted to inform that they are only equipped to pick up dragons.
After purchasing their two-way ticket, riders traveling on the Hogwarts express will receive a lifelike feel of the journey-to-Hogwarts experience, as the train windows are actually digitally animated screens that display the rolling hills of the English countryside. Who knows — maybe someone will get the same fantastic inspiration J.K. Rowling did, from this incredibly realistic atmosphere!
The Wizarding World Diagon Alley expansion was first announced back in May, with hints of such an occurrence being whispered about for the past two years, and the anticipation for the coming attractions has been rapidly building ever since. In addition to the Hogwarts Express, the expansion is rumored to feature a ride within the columned halls of Gringotts bank, The Leaky Cauldron as an eating establishment, King’s Cross Station, the entrance to Number 12 Grimmauld Place, and many more enticing shops associated with Diagon Alley.
Currently, the iconic first car of a stationary Hogwarts Express resides at the entrance to Hogsmeade Village, where a train conductor offers photo opportunities to park guests. It is unsure whether this element will remain after the incorporation of the working Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley elements, which are set to open in the summer of 2014. We can’t wait to see what other surprises are in store!
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