Hogwarts Express soft opens at Universal Orlando


Hogwarts Express soft open The Hogwarts Express has soft opened at Universal Orland's Wizarding World of Harry Potter (photos by Seth Kubersky)

All aboard! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Orlando doesn't open until July 8, but the park delighted hard-core PotterWatching fans (some of whom have waited outside the new attraction for each of the past 24 days) with an unpublicized "technical rehearsal" of the Hogwarts Express train ride last night.

The attraction, which carries guests between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, was open for all park-to-park ticket-holding guests from 3 PM until the park closed last night. The attraction opened again this morning, and is expected to remain in "soft opening" until the grand opening next week.

Enjoy these photos of the Hogwarts Express soft opening, taken last night as the first regular guests boarded the iconic train from King's Cross station to Hogsmeade. Be aware that admission to the ride is not guaranteed until the official opening day, as the Hogwarts Express soft open may be suspended at any time.

Two of the most dedicated PotterWatchers about to board the first train.


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