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Parks & Resorts

Hogwarts Express Takes to the Rails at Universal Orlando Resort

The iconic steam engine, the Hogwarts Express, has arrived at Universal Orlando Resort. On Thursday, Oct. 24, the locomotive was placed on the tracks.

Just like in the books and films – guests of Universal Orlando will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and ‘London’ when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida next year.

Hogwarts Express is another effort to build on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced the Diagon Alley expansion earlier this year.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around the world.

To bring Diagon Alley and ‘London’ to life, Universal’s creative team is working closely with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films – just as it did for Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in June 2010 as a fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment - bringing to life the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and the blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros. Since that time, it has become a global phenomenon, entertaining millions of people from around the world.

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