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Hogwarts Express opens to all guests at Universal Orlando

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Published: July 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Universal Orlando this afternoon soft-opened the Hogwarts Express to all guests with Park-to-Park tickets.

Hogwarts Express

Visitors could travel from King's Cross station in Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade station Islands of Adventure, or vice-versa. After riding over to the other park, you will need to wait in line at that station for the return trip — no round-trips. If you don't have a Park-to-Park ticket, attendants at both stations are available to upgrade your one-park-per-day ticket to Park-to-Park. (And reports from visitors said they were doing brisk business today.)

Since the ride is now (soft-)opened to the public, we've opened our listing pages for these rides, so Theme Park Insider readers who have ridden can submit ratings and reviews:

The on-board show is different in each direction, so we've created a separate page for each route, listed in the park where it begins.

Just reminder that while any Theme Park Insider can rate attractions listed on the site, only registered members can post reviews. Why not take a moment to register so you can help share your opinions and help other theme park visitors? It's free, and registration allows you to join in the discussion on our forum, and to share photos on the site, too.

Not visiting Orlando this week? You still can enjoy the Hogwarts Express with our video tour, including the complete on-ride experience from King's Cross to Hogsmeade:

While the Hogwarts Express is open, Universal's listing it as "in technical rehearsals," meaning that it could close again at any time. Also, Diagon Alley remains closed to most park visitors for now, open only to Universal Orlando hotel guests with assigned visiting times. Both the Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley open officially to all on July 8.

Readers' Opinions

From Rob Pastor on July 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM
Universal is saying that Hogwart's Express will be in technical rehearsal until it fully opens on July 8th, & open a few hours a day during the technical rehearsal.. Diagon Alley will not be opened for technical rehearsals.
From 166.147.104.48 on July 2, 2014 at 5:38 AM
I think I just o oiled myself.. ;) ...... Bring it on universal!!!! This is always an exciting time to hear regular visitors' reactions. They will be the people who decide if we get a ministry of magic expansion and get rid of Fear Factor and maybe (Maybe!!!!!!!!!!) Men in Black. Let's face it, Men in Black's hey day was a while back now. When they took out Jaws, that proved to me that any ride was possible to be taken out... Only time will tell. Very exciting times for universal... They are going through what Michael Eisner would call a "Disney Decade."
From 166.147.104.48 on July 2, 2014 at 5:45 AM
I love how there's now a good little back story to the car that crashed into the tree. I know it's featured in the movies, but this even gives it a better explanation to those who don't follow the books and/or movies
From 71.0.64.66 on July 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM
Will be experiencing everything this upcoming week! Looking forward to many lines and crowds of people, but it will be worth it! Right?
From Rob Pastor on July 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM
Universal Orlando switched up & soft opened Diagon Alley early this afternoon. Gringotts is not open for softs though.
From 203.14.52.141 on July 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM
I have read from reliable sources on the net that when the ride opens in earnest you'll only be allowed 1 trip on the train per day - has anyone who has visited heard about this?

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