Many fans of the popular Harry Potter sections of the Universal Studios theme parks have most likely ridden upon the Hogwarts Express.
The Hogwarts Express opened in 2014 as part of the Daigon Alley Expansion added to Universal Studios while the Hogwarts section was located at its sister park Islands of Adventure.
The express doubles as both a ride and a short cut from one park to the next as guests climb aboard, just like in the films, and take a ride to and from Hogwarts. To ride you must have a park hopper pass that allows you to visit both parks. It was a rather ingenious way not only to add another ride but to also connect both Harry Potter themed areas at each park.
Sadly it appears that guests will have to wait a little while to board the fabled Hogwarts Express, as this coming June all rides are being canceled. The reasoning is due to the attraction receiving refurbishments and it is scheduled to close on June 9th and later re-open on June 19th.
Oddly enough the attraction only just re-opened this past January after being closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
No specific reasons has been given as to why they are closing the attractions. It could be a maintenance to update to the ride, or perhaps something relating to the projection screens that play while you ride the train from one park to the next.
Whatever the reason it will definitely leave a number of guests, who were looking forward to getting the full Harry Potter experience, disappointed.
While you will still be able to travel between parks you will have to do it the old fashioned way and walk all the way out and over to the second gate. You’ll definitely get in your steps for the day.
What do you think is the reason for the closure? Are you sad that they are briefly closing it?
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