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Hogwarts Express

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Track Ride

Robert Niles

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Published: February 16, 2015

Enter London’s King’s 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 .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 while riding the Hogwarts Express are different as you ride in each direction. Note that you will need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express, as you will exit in Islands of Adventure.

Daniel Galvan
This is exactly what universal needs. Mild rides that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Nick McKaig
Great ride! Excellent effects, excellent experience, and a fast way to get back and forth between the two parks. 9/10 (only because there were some weird pauses in the film, but overall great).
Rob Pastor
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. Once you're off the Hogsmeade Station, you're still in a Potter environment 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.
Michael Weissman
Amazingly well themed yet again, and a great trip in between parks. The downsides of this include a little bit of a "campy" feeling to the animations on the screens, and the pretty bad Emma Watson impressionist as Hermione. This is the best way to travel between parks though, and a great attraction to feel part of the Harry Potter universe. Most clever transportation system I've been on.
Ray  Havens
Absolutely amazing. The Hogwarts train ride is a must do if you're visiting Universal. Remember though, you must have the 2 park pass to ride it, but it is well worth the extra price. Also, they have two different shows, depending on which way you're going. I highly recommend doing them both.
Christy Hall
The theming of the Kings Cross and Hogsmeade train stations, as well as the interior of the train cars is amazing! It looks just like the movies. The video screens and hallway entertainment are cool, and it is the most fun way to park hop that I've ever experienced. My only complaint (as if there is anything to complain about on this ride) is that I wish it was longer!
Jonathan Katz
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
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.
Quentin Scruggs
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
robert morris
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.
Brent Moody
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.
Tony Duda
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.

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