Yesterday was the grand opening of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando. There is a lot of buzz about the new addition to the Universal theme park and rightfully so. It has taken years and much attention to detail to turn part of Universal Orlando’s theme park into something right out of the pages of the Harry Potter series. Fans will feel completely immersed in the new Harry Potter World and will feel as if they have been transported right to London. All amazing theme parks need a train and Universal now has an amazing train; The Hogwarts Express Train! The train connects Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure, allowing guests with park-to-park admission to enjoy a real journey aboard the iconic locomotive. The Hogwarts Express experience combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime.
Once seated in the cabin, guests can look out their windows as an incredibly authentic and magical adventure unfolds before them. They’ll see Hagrid alongside the train on his flying motorbike, Buckbeak the Hippogriff swoop over the black lake, the Weasley twins on brooms and up to their usual antics, the Knight Bus swerving through London traffic – and other special surprises.
Universal’s Creative team worked closely with Warner Bros., Stuart Craig, and the production team from the Harry Potter films to create a sensational Hogwarts Express experience that the entire family can enjoy. The Creative team went to great lengths to ensure the experience is true to the books and films. Everything about the train is authentic – from the paint and the materials used to build it and all the way down to the whistle.
In honor of the new Harry Potter Attractions Universal has a great Harry Potter Themed vacation package. You can book now through the end of July for travel dates between July 29, 2014 and December 31, 2014. This EXCLUSIVE vacation package includes: 4-night hotel accommodations, a 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket, Breakfast at both the Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios and the Three Broomsticks in Islands of Adventure. You will also receive early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme parks open and a special themed welcome parcel with a souvenir owl plush and welcome letter.