Hogwarts Express reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Hogwarts Express, a track ride in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.
Written by Robert Niles
Enter London's Kings Cross station, where you'll appear (to others) to pass through a brick wall to Platform 9 3/4 for your ride to Hogsmeade Village in Islands of Adventure.
You will need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express. While on board this detailed replica (both inside and out) of the train from the Harry Potter films, you'll encounter Dementors, runaway chocolate frogs, and other surprises. The characters and scenes you encounter are different in each direction.
The queue is perfection. I actually thought I was in the London Underground. The ride is exceptional as well. An excellent screen and entertaining effects make this an immensely enjoyable experience. 10/10 - Jonathan Katz
The realism of this attraction is a definite Wow factor. Kings Cross & Hogsmeade Stations are excellent. The train's entrance into the stations and its authentic look is breathtaking. Platform 9 3/4 seems to impress everyone. And the realistic outside sights and compartment door scenes are both entertaining & impressive. Plus it's great transportation between the parks, and maintains the Potter immersion. We found ourselves park hopping much more than in the past. And the ride has great capacity, which helps keep the waits reasonable. If any attraction ever deserved a 10 for perfection, this is the ride. - Rob Pastor
A great way to travel from park to park and the faux windows are very convincing. Be sure to ride it in both directions if possible. - N B
Outstanding until the actual ride. The Kings Cross station is themed very well, and the actual train looks exactly as it did in the movies. However the video that is on the screens looks rather, cheap. It just seems so fake and artificial. That kinda took away from the experience. However, it is an excellent and practical way to get to IOA quickly due to the manageable waits it has had. 7/10 - Quentin Scruggs
The ride is very good...the only negative I can take from it is that it seems to not live up to the subject matter. As the Hogwarts Express is one of the best subject matters for a ride in recent memory. - robert morris
As a ride that is really meant to take you from park to park it is perfect if my opinion. It quickly moves you to the other park but also is a very fun family ride for a park that is a little short on low key family rides. - Brent Moody
I rode it for 4 round trips over 2 days. Amazing detail and visuals, makes you feel like you are in the movie. The window story and the hallway story work well together. Every compartment had the same story so sitting in the front is the same as sitting in the bank. This is a great transportation method and should be considered that more than a stand alone attraction. - Tony Duda
Great for what it is and fully brings you into the Potter universe. - Christopher Sturniolo
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