Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station

 The Hogsmeade Station marquee.

The Hogsmeade Station marquee.

Ride Type

Train ride

Location

Hogsmeade Station is located right between The Lost Continent and Hogsmeade Village in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade. The queue for this ride is located next to the queue for Dragon Challenge

Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station Ride Description

The Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station ride travels between Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Guests experience this attraction by entering Hogsmeade Station, showing their ticket, and progressing through a queue that is partly indoors and partly outdoors. 

After a long walk and a climb up a short flight of stairs (there is an elevator for people who don't want to take the stairs), guests arrive on the Hogsmeade loading platform. They watch as the Hogwarts Express pulls into the station and then board the train once it has stopped (or once it is their turn to board). 

 A conductor in front of Hogsmeade station. You can see riders on Dragon Challenge in the background.

A conductor in front of Hogsmeade station. You can see riders on Dragon Challenge in the background.

The Hogwarts Express contains 21 compartments. Each compartment seats eight people. Compartments are labeled with letters (A, B, C, etc.) and feature plaid-patterned bench seats. The window and the frosted glass on the door is where all of the action occurs during the ride. Both contain visuals featuring well-known Harry Potter landmarks and characters. 

Once the train starts, guests can look out the window to see Hagrid waving goodbye before passing Hogwarts, Malfoy Manor, and a few other landmarks. Shadows of the trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) can be seen through the door as they wander around looking for an empty compartment. 

The train stops at King's Cross Station in the London Waterfront area of Universal Studios Florida, just steps away from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. 

Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station Ride History

The Hogwarts Express is an attraction that was built specifically to connect the Wizarding World areas in the two parks. The official opening for this attraction occurred with the opening of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. 

 The Hogsmeade Station platform

The Hogsmeade Station platform

Express Pass

An Express Pass can be used to skip the lines for this ride.

Single Rider Line

Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station does not have a single rider line.

Child Swap

Child swap is not available for Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station.

Height Restrictions

There are no height restrictions for Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station.

Accessibility

Guest can remain in a wheelchair or electric conveyance vehicle (EVC).

UO Fan Guide Ride Tips

There are only two ways to ride the Hogwarts Express: with an annual pass or with a park-to-park ticket. A Universal Team Member will check your ticket when you enter Hogsmeade Station to make sure that you have the required pass. The annual pass or the park-to-park ticket is required because the train takes you from one park (Islands of Adventure) to another park (Universal Studios).

Since the viewing experience from Hogsmeade Station to King's Cross is different than the journey from King's Cross to Hogsmeade Station, we recommend riding the train twice so that you can experience both directions and decide which is your favorite. 

As you are exiting, be sure to look for the horseless carriage that is usually pulled by Thestrals in the Harry Potter books and movies. 

 The Hogwarts Express pulling into Hogsmeade Station.

The Hogwarts Express pulling into Hogsmeade Station.

UO Fan Guide Mini Review 

The Hogsmeade Station is definitely different than King's Cross Station in the other park. Hogsmeade is lacking the cool magical platform effect as well as a few other nods to the Harry Potter movie (like the Magic poster, Harry Potter's luggage, and Hedwig), but the experience is still enjoyable and a must for any Harry Potter fan.

Riding the train can also just be a super convenient way to get from one park to the other without walking all the way to the entrance and getting across CityWalk to the other gate.  

Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station Image Gallery

This image gallery features pictures of Hogwarts Express and Hogsmeade Station in Islands of Adventure.

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