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The Hogwarts Express is a new ride available at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando theme park. The Hogwarts Express ride has no restrictions. It may be one of the only rides in this theme park that everyone is able to ride. It is meant to provide a fantasy get away by re-creating the world of Harry Potter for those enjoying the ride. It is not anything like a roller coaster and there isn’t anything too scary, so the faint of heart can enjoy this ride as well.
Your journey begins at the Kings Cross Station. Here you get to participate in the illusion of walking through what looked to be a solid wall to get to the magical world on the other side. This is where you find the train you will be boarding. Riders literally travel between universal theme parks on this train ride. They go from Kings Cross Station, which is in the Universal Studios Florida theme park, to Hogsmeade Station, which is located in Universal’s the Islands of Adventure theme park. This ride may be a first of its kind in transporting riders between two theme parks.
The excitement generated by Harry Potter themed rides and amusements at these theme parks has been credited with increasing attendance at the Universal Orlando Resort by nearly fifty percent in recent years. The addition of the Hogwarts Express ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley should only accelerate this trend. The Diagon Alley attraction in which this ride resides has seven shops and its own currency so visitors can swap their money for wizard cash, which they can spend in the shops or keep as souvenirs. The shops themselves retain the immersive feel by offering items such as robes and wands and other Potter themed paraphernalia. The Hogwarts Express ride tops off an already impressive themed attraction that comes as close to transporting people to the world of Harry Potter as is possible short of the use of actual magic.