Description And Comments
Part of the genius of creating Diagon Alley at USF is that it is connected to Hogsmeade at IOA by the Hogwarts Express, just as in the novels and films. The counterpart to Universal Studios' King's Cross is Hogsmeade Station, which lies within the footprint of the Dragon Challenge roller coaster and provides pedestrian access to Hogsmeade and IOA’s Lost Continent themed area.
Go here for a full description of the Hogwarts Express experience.
- Open for Early Park Admission.
Because the Hogsmeade Station doesn’t include the cool Platform 9 3⁄4 effect found at the King’s Cross end, you'd expect waits for the one-way trip to be shorter here. Surprisingly, lines can be longer here than at USF on slower days, though King's Cross is the busier end during peak periods. Lines are usually under 20 minutes through the morning, but can build later in the day. Hogsmeade Station also lacks other King's Cross amenities like air conditioning and an in-queue snack stand, though there is a moving carriage (drawn by an invisible thestral) at the exit.
On most days, disembarking guests will be allowed directly into Hogsmeade, less than a minute’s walk away. On peak days when the area reaches capacity, they’ll be directed to the bridge between The Lost Continent and Jurassic Park, where they’ll have to either queue to enter Hogsmeade or obtain a free timed-entry ticket to visit The Wizarding World at a specified time.
A Park-to-Park ticket is required to board, and all guests exit at Universal Studios Florida outside of the London Water- front, so the train isn’t a shortcut into Diagon Alley. Park-to-Park ticket-purchasing Potterphiles should make the train their first attraction of the day. If, for example, Diagon Alley is your top priority of the day, enter Islands of Adventure as early as possible and line up at the Hogsmeade Village station for the train to London King’s Cross. Then get a return ticket (if necessary) to reenter the London area. Remember that you may wait in a slow standby line to take a same-day return ride.
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station when you visit on a day with a given Universal's Islands of Adventure Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station Wait Times.
- We rate this attraction as Not To Be Missed.
Expect lengthy waits in line. A Park-to-Park ticket is required to experience this attraction.
Wheelchairs and ECVs can be driven onto the train; guests can transfer to a cabin bench seat, or remain in their chair.
Other Attractions in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
- Dragon Challenge
- Flight of the Hippogriff
- Frog Choir
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
- Triwizard Spirit Rally
Touring Plans with Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station
- Universal Orlando Highlights One-Day/Two-Park Plan for Adults with Early Entry PART 2
- Universal Orlando Highlights One-Day/Two-Park Plan for Adult Off-Site Guests PART 2
- Universal Orlando Two-Day/Two-Park Plan for Adults with Early Entry DAY 2/PART 1
- Universal Orlando Two-Day/Two-Park Plan for Adult Off-Site Guests DAY 2/PART 1
- Wizarding World One-Day/Two-Park Plan PART 2
|Wait per 100 people ahead||7 minutes|
When to go
Immediately after park opening.
|Location||The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade|
|Opening Date||July 8, 2014|
|Scope and scale||Headliner|
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