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Hogswarts Express

June 19 - The Hogwarts Express is set to officially reopen today at 9:00AM after a brief refurbishment for routine maintenance. Guests are unlikely to see any difference after this refurbishment apart from at King's Cross Station at Universal Studios Florida where the animatronic Hedwig has now been freed from her cage.

According to this post on  Instagram, the decision to free Hedwig was made to show that real owls do not exist to be trapped in a cage. If you are taking a ride on the Hogwarts Express be sure to look out for Hedwig on platform 9 3/4.

June 9 - The Hogwarts Express is now closed at Universal Orlando Resort for a brief refurbishment and is scheduled to reopen on Sunday June 19. From what we can tell this is for routine maintenance. Those guests wanting to travel between Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure will have to walk until the Hogswarts Express reopens. 

May 1 - Hogwarts Express is an extremely popular attraction at Universal Orlando Resort and it has just been announced that it will be closed for a short refurbishment in June. The current dates listed for this refurbishment are from June 9, reopening on June 19.

It looks like this refurbishment is for general maintenance although it may seem to many that it is a strange time to choose right at the start of the busy summer months in the parks. This year, however, we guess there isn't a good time for refurbishments as the parks remain crowded with little let up.

Hogwarts Express, Universal
Image: Theme Park Tourist

The Hogwarts Express saw closures back in January due to a snapped pull cable but since it was replaced it has been running again smoothly, taking guests from King's Cross Station at Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade Station at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

News of this upcoming refurbishment of the Hogswarts Express will be disappointing for guests who have plans to visit Universal Orlando Resort during these dates of closure in June but hopefully as this appears to be a brief refurbishment, the Hogswarts Express should be up and running again from June 19 and should be set for a good summer.

Hogswarts Express, Kings Cross Station Universal
Image: Theme Park Tourist

Let us know if you are a fan of the Hogswarts Express by letting us know in the comments below. We will keep you posted of any changes to these refurbishment dates on our news page. 

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