Fodor's Expert Review Hogwart’s Express—King’s Cross Station

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When Universal announced the Studios’ Diagon Alley would connect to IOA’s Hogsmeade via a train ride, many fans assumed an open-air train ride through the park’s backstage area. But many people aren’t nearly as creative as the geniuses at Universal. To reach Hogsmeade, you walk through an exact recreation of a London rail station where a magical effect takes you to Platform 9 ¾. Even as the train pulls in, you’re already being transported into another world. Settle into the compartment with other guests, and soon the ride is an attraction in itself. Chuffing out of the station, outside your window an owl follows you out of London, music plays, and you get the sense you’re traveling hundreds of miles across the English countryside. Adding to the magic, silhouettes of Harry, Ron, and Hermione appear in the corridor outside your window, with their narration adding to the drama of the trio's attempt to banish Dementors (and attempt to corral a loose box of chocolate frogs).... READ MORE

When Universal announced the Studios’ Diagon Alley would connect to IOA’s Hogsmeade via a train ride, many fans assumed an open-air train ride through the park’s backstage area. But many people aren’t nearly as creative as the geniuses at Universal. To reach Hogsmeade, you walk through an exact recreation of a London rail station where a magical effect takes you to Platform 9 ¾. Even as the train pulls in, you’re already being transported into another world. Settle into the compartment with other guests, and soon the ride is an attraction in itself. Chuffing out of the station, outside your window an owl follows you out of London, music plays, and you get the sense you’re traveling hundreds of miles across the English countryside. Adding to the magic, silhouettes of Harry, Ron, and Hermione appear in the corridor outside your window, with their narration adding to the drama of the trio's attempt to banish Dementors (and attempt to corral a loose box of chocolate frogs). By the time Hagrid appears and you arrive in Hogsmeade, you really feel as if . . . you’ve arrived in Hogsmeade.

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