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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