The Hogwarts Express Ride – An Experience So Uniquely Real

Diagon Alley Hogwarts Express

Diagon Alley Hogwarts Express

Traveling between J.K. Rowling’s fictional London and the Hogsmeade Village onboard the iconic train as a theme park guest has never been so stunningly real. I think the Hogwarts Express ride at the new Diagon Alley area of Universal Orlando Resort is one among the many new Potter attractions that boasts a whole new theme park experience altogether.

It’s no surprise that the most anticipated multiple parks ride -attraction brings to life the ultimate fun adventure that a muggle like me can ever think of. What was just started as a prop in 2010 is now a real steam locomotive that boasts the worlds most immersive and movie accurate train ride experience ever. I think Universal Orlando has set another blockbuster example by bringing to life the best of movie-quality magic with the new Hogwart Express attraction.

As the new Diagon Alley ride transports you from one individual park to the other you will be automatically dragged into the adventures of J.K.Rowling’s blockbuster fiction like never before. Moreover, while travelling on a train with such realistic detail (both in look and feel) the riders will completely forget that they are in Universal Orlando. Whether it’s the train cabins and their sizes or the paint they flaunt, the materials used or the train whistle for that matter everything is presented in minute detail, resembling the sights and sounds that the famous Author had first imagined in her books.

Powered by a genuine steam engine, the iconic train is surely a unique creation, showcases high-tech carriages with magical detail. Once inside, it takes you into a different world altogether. In fact from the moment one enters the King’s Cross Station at Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida Park everything turns into a movie. And then like Harry and others, guest will find their way to the most coveted platform in the world of magic- Platform 9 ¾. And just like the beloved characters did in the movie, visitors have to run through a brick wall to board the magical train to Hogsmeade. On the other hand those visiting the Islands of Adventure Park first will board the train at Hogsmeade to the London’s King’s Cross Station.

Also it is interesting to know that the all new train ride is something which even the Universal’s creative team is proud of. In fact it presents an entirely new concept in the history of theme park transportation. While guest enjoys the ride they are actually being transported from one park to another. But however, the excitement the ride offers is such that it puts you right in the middle of the most amazing journey between two most magical destinations that never exists.

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Universal Orlando’s New Diagon Alley Boasts the Most Magically Engaging Ride Experience

Universal Studios Orlando Diagon Alley

Universal Studios Orlando Diagon Alley

Being able to step inside the scenes and actions of the world’s most magically inspired fiction as a theme park guest is more than a rewarding experience. And the new Diagon Alley attraction, the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride, which opens on July this year is offering just that to the ever increasing fans who had waited on this for so long. The most anticipated ride attraction is indeed the center-piece of the newly launched Harry Potter themed land (that brings to life the London side of the Story) at the Universal Orlando Resort.

More than just a roller-coaster experience the new ride is a completely immersive – uniquely detailed, narrative-driven, and most magically engaging ride adventure unlike any other. In fact it brings along a unique walkthrough opportunity, putting guest inside the most exciting moments that Harry Potter and his friends come across at the Gringotts. It all started on the same day when you as a Universal Studio Florida guest visit Gringotts to open your account. And eventually, after you were taken ten miles down to Gringotts vault something goes terribly wrong. The Gringotts security defenses gets back to life. And Harry, Ron and Hermione, including you as their partner in crime were detected. Bellatrix herself appears to curse you all and the classic chase continues until being finally rescued and out of the cavern.

There is no doubt that the newly launched Universal Studios ride is among the key challenges since the new Diagon Alley Expansion project was conceptualized. Even the Universal’s creative team finds it difficult to explain the kind of ride Gringotts will have at the time when it was first announced. Surely, an attraction of such repute and which is destined to usher an entirely new era of ride experience is a tough ask altogether. But perhaps, I think Universal lives up to the promises it made during the initial announcements. And given all the speculations and reviews by theme park experts and guests at the recent opening of the same, it seems the Resort is all set to take our Harry Potter experience to the next level.

Imagine a rollercoaster car that can move backwards, or sideways, or even do a spin by itself. Imagine the same rollercoaster car (which is a motion simulator in itself) is placed on a track system that also moves and changes on its own. And on top of that imagine a storyline that tricks you into the world’s most thrilling escapades while touring the Gringott Bank vaults. Truly, the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is an entirely new kind of ride experience.

Besides the incredible drops and rise, the sudden disconnects and the spins it brings to you a complete immersive experience packed with 3-D actions and richly detailed practical sets of the Gringotts caverns and props. Given the amount of excitements it offers, I think the Gringotts experience alone makes a wonderful reason for fans to re-visit Universal Orlando. But again the ride is only a single side of the story. The entire Diagon Alley expansion brings to life a whole new themed land packed with tons of magic, including the iconic Hogwarts Express ride and much more.

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Potter Magic at Universal Orlando Reaches New High With Diagon Alley

Potter Magic Sets the Bar Again in Orlando

Potter Magic Sets the Bar Again in Orlando

Walking down the streets of Harry Potter’s London against all the odds, and the hustles and bustles is a never before experience for muggles like me. While you are being trapped into a whole new world of interactive experiences and real magic, the thrills here only get more intense as you step abroad the world’s most magical Express. Truly, the excitement of exploring JK Rowling’s best selling masterpiece during a theme park vacation is just getting bigger and more extensive.

With the addition of the new Diagon Alley to the wildly popular Potter attraction of Universal Orlando I think the fun goes beyond all expectations. From London’s Kings Cross Station to Hogsmeade Village, the legendary Hogwarts Express ride and the Escape from Gringotts to the iconic Hogwarts Castle, there is more of Harry Potter World to explore than before. And perhaps if the speculations and reviews about the London’s waterfront area of the Resort are to be considered then the new Diagon Alley is definitely the most happening creation of Universal in this regard.

In 2010 the advent of the original- Hogsmeade-themed section, namely The Wizarding World of Harry Potter had revolutionized the experiences of millions across the globe. In fact the wild and explosive response that had followed the opening of the same had set a new record in the history of theme park attractions. While it is true that the Universal’s Potter experience is a game changer, the success of the attraction also becomes a nightmare for others in the business. The popularity of this attraction is such that even the bigger theme parks like those of WDW (Walt Disney World) were forced to re-think their plans. And perhaps the latest expansion to this very attraction by Universal will only set another new standard to all future attractions.

Opens this summer at the Universal Orlando Florida Park, the new expansion brings the most amazing secrets of the London side of the story. Whether it’s the incredible experiences at Gringotts Bank and the encounters with the goblins or the amazing escaped abroad Hogwarts Express, there is more of Harry Potter to explore. We have already seen how the original Potter world at the Islands of Adventure section of the Resort has changed the way we know Universal Orlando today. And now the advent of Diagon Alley will surely add another most uniquely inspiring and exciting chapter to it. Thanks to the epic Harry Potter expansion plan.

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Orlando, Fla. (May 19, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced that its newest attraction will be based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster 3-D-CGI feature “Despicable Me,” bringing minions, mayhem and a whole new level of 3-D family fun to its guests. The “Despicable Me” experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Continue reading

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 10 Year Master Plan

NASA officials announced on 4/12/11 that Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been selected to permanently display space shuttle Atlantis upon retirement of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis, one of three orbiters in the space shuttle fleet, will fly the last scheduled space shuttle mission before being retired in 2011. 


The $100 million exhibit for Atlantis will be the marquee element of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s 10-year master plan. Initial design concepts for the 65,000 square-foot home for the space-flown orbiter include viewing the space shuttle “in flight,” showing how the spacecraft worked in space and providing a unique vantage point for guests to look at the complex vehicle up close. Complementing the orbiter display will be interactive features reflecting major accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.


Officials with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex plan to break ground on Atlantis’ new home in 2012 with a grand opening planned for 2013. The orbiter home will be located in the Shuttle Plaza at the main Visitor Complex; incorporating the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction. To purchase your Kennedy Space Center Tickets, please call our office toll free at 1-877-406-4836 TODAY.

Lynard Skynard Live at Universal Studios Orlando

If you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, and you love Rock-n- Roll, then look no further. This Saturday night at Universal Studios Orlando, Mardi Gras will be in full swing and end the night with a performance from non other than Lynard Skynard. Get your discount Universal Studios tickets now thu today and save BIG. Call us toll free at 1-877-406-4836.

New Years Eve Parties In Orlando 2011 ~ What Will The Orlando Theme Parks Have In Store This Year?

New Years Eve Parties In Orlando 2011

New Years Eve Parties In Orlando 2011


As many of the locals know, Orlando is a busy town during New Years Eve. As with any town, the New Years Eve Parties are the most popular place to be when ushering in the 2011 New Year, but in Orlando, it is big business. When New Years Eve hits Orlando, the Orlando theme parks jockey to have the best, most exciting events and the locals and travelers from around the world are the winners of this healthy competition. Continue reading

Islands of Adventure tickets include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?


Is Harry Potter Its Own Theme Park You Ask???

Is Harry Potter Its Own Theme Park You Ask???


Most of the travelers, who come to see the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, actually think that it is its own park when in reality it is its own little section at Universal Orlando’s, Islands of Adventure theme park. If you buy Islands of Adventure tickets, Harry Potter comes with it. I would say that on any given day, I personally receive a hand full of people’s calls that are planning their Orlando vacation and want to buy Harry Potter theme park tickets and I have to explain to them that there is NO Harry Potter theme park. Continue reading

Universal Studios Tickets Gets Boost With Express Pass


Why Wait In Line When You Can Have A Universal Orlando Express Pass

Why Wait In Line When You Can Have A Universal Orlando Express Pass



Universal Studios Orlando has incorporated a very time saving ticket which they call the Express Pass, not to be confused with Walt Disney Worlds Fast Pass. This ticket is a great item to have during the busy seasons, but I personally do not think that you will need it during the off seasons, and by off season, I mean anytime the kids are in school. Continue reading

Universal Studios Tickets for Orlando and What You Need to Know

Universal Studios Ticket and How To Choose The Right Ones for You and Your Family

Universal Studios Ticket and How To Choose The Right Ones for You and Your Family


Universal Studios tickets and Islands of Adventure tickets are not the same. Many people on a daily basis call my office and ask to buy Harry Potter theme park tickets and at this point I have to put on my vacation planner face and start my class on the types of tickets that there are over at the Universal Orlando Resort. This is the part of my job that I love the most. First thing I need to tell them is that Harry Potter is not a Orlando theme park, but a section in Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park.

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