The Hogwarts Express train that will link the Harry Potter areas at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida has been installed on its track for the first time.
The images below, released by Universal Orlando yesterday, show an enormous locomotive being lowered into place. The train is a very faithful recreation of the Hogwarts Express as seen in the Harry Potter movies, and will travel between the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure and the under-construction The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. The ride is due to open in spring 2014.
Riders on the Hogwarts Express will experience the journey between London and Hogsmeade (or vice-versa), just as Potter and his friends do in the books and movies. Although the train itself will actually travel through backstage areas of Universal Orlando, riders will instead see an audio-visual presentation that brings the journey to life.
Linking two distinct parks, the Hogwarts Express will be one of the most unique theme park rides in the world when it opens. It is currently the only attraction in our database of 3,500 rides and shows to be listed as belonging to two parks!
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