Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida
The entrance to Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station is located in the London Waterfront Area of Universal Studios Florida, just outside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station Ride Description
There is only one Hogwarts Express train but there are two different ride experiences: one that involves departing from Hogsmeade Station in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and another that involves departing from King's Cross Station in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Both rides offer a different experience - so you shouldn't skip one just because you've done the other.
Guests access King's Cross Station from the London Waterfront rather than Diagon Alley itself. You'll walk through a queue that looks remarkably like a train station - keep your eye out for Harry Potter's white owl, Hedwig - he's nestled amidst a pile of luggage.
The Hogwarts Express has three train cars, each with seven compartments. Up to ten people can be seated in each compartment according to the capacity signs, but the team members usually seat only eight people per car. This is a good thing, because eight makes the compartment feel crowded unless everyone seated with you is either thin or child-sized.
Once the train starts moving, you'll want to keep your eyes on the frosted glass doors and the train windows because you see quite a few different projected images throughout the experience. The train ride lasts less than 10 minutes. When you exit the compartment, you'll be in Hogsmeade Station in Islands of Adventure.
Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station Ride History
Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station officially opened in July 2014 along with the rest of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Construction began in 2012 after the demolition of the Jaws ride, which once occupied the space now belonging to King's Cross Station.
You can use an Express Pass to skip the lines for Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station
Single Rider Line
There are no height restrictions on the Hogwarts Express. Guests of any age and size can ride the train.
Guests can remain in a standard wheelchair or electric conveyance vehicle (ECV) throughout the ride.
UO Fan Guide Ride Tip
You need a Park-to-Park admission ticket or an annual pass to board the Hogwarts Express because it takes you from Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade Station in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure.
UO Fan Guide Mini Review of Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station
The Hogwarts Express is a must-do for Harry Potter fans. It is fun to wave to your friends and family as you walk through the brick wall and step onto Platform 9 3/4 and even more fun to sit in the train car and watch the British countryside slide by.
The train ride is also a convenient way to get from Universal Studios Florida to Islands of Adventure when you don't feel like walking. Wait times can vary throughout the day from 10 minutes to an hour or more. You'll often see people lined up to ride before the attraction is even open.
There are quite a few photo opportunities throughout the queue. Many people stop in the line to take pictures of friends and family passing through the brick wall barrier.
Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station Image Gallery
See pictures of the Hogwarts Express, King's Cross Station, and Platform 9 3/4 in this image gallery. Use the previous and next controls on each side of the image to see all of the pics.
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