All aboard the Hogwart's Express! Harry Potter theme park recreates train ride through English countryside...all without leaving the U.S.
The new Harry Potter area opening at Universal Orlando Resort this summer gives fans a ride on the Hogwarts Express train and recreates the English countryside just as characters in the book and movie series saw it on their ride from Hogsmeade to London.
According to a news release Friday from Universal Orlando Resort, guests will first appear to magically pass through a brick wall and board a train at Platform 9 3/4 complete with steam and a whistle.
During the ride, characters and magical creatures from the book will be spotted. Among them: Hagrid on a flying motorbike, the Weasley twins on brooms, and the Knight Bus in London traffic.
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English countryside: Universal Orlando Resort has revealed new details about its forthcoming Hogwart's Express ride between Harry Potter theme parks that recreates a train ride through the English countryside
Thrill ride: The new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley takes visitors from Hogsmeade to London, with interactions with favorites from the books and movies in between
Riders will have two different experiences — one on the way to the new London-themed area at Universal Studios Park and another on the way to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter area.
Universal's team worked with a group from the Harry Potter films on the new themed area and train.
If fans want to see both parks, a two-park ticket will be required — currently $136.32 for one day for ages 10 and up.
The theme park on Friday also released details about its newest hotel, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Send-off: Starting this summer, visitors will be personally sent off by Hagrid from the Harry Potter series
Breathtaking: Buckbeak the Hippogriff swoops gracefully over the black lake as riders pass Hogsmeade
Based on 1950s and 1960s mid-century modernist architecture, the resort will open 600 of its 1,800 rooms on March 31.
When fully built, 900 of the rooms will be suites with kitchenettes, and at a family-friendly price point.
Standard rooms will cost from $93-$127 a night for a seven-night or more stay, depending on the season, company officials said. Family suites — which sleep up to six guests — run from $134-$171 a night for a seven-night or more stay, depending on the season.
Russ Dagon, the vice president/executive project director of Universal Creative, said guests will feel like they're still in the theme parks.
'It's an extension of the experience,' he said.
The architects who built the hotel studied several midcentury modern hotels and motels, especially in Miami, Florida and Wildwood, New Jersey.
The hotel will also have two beach-themed pools, a lazy river and waterslide.
All aboard! The Hogwarrts Express comes complete with authentic sounding whistle and engine steam
Realistic: Universal's team worked with a group from the Harry Potter films on the new themed area and train
Lots to see: Riders will have two different experiences ¿ one on the way to the new London-themed area at Universal Studios Park and another on the way to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter area
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