Hogwarts Express Could Experience Extended Closure

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The most magical ride at Universal Orlando Resort has been closed for an unscheduled maintenance period.

If you head over to Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you might be disappointed to learn that the Hogwarts Express, which connects the two Parks and allows Guests the opportunity to be completely immersed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, has been closed for maintenance.

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Inside the Magic was in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure recently and discovered that the reason the train has been closed is due to a broken part that must be fixed. The Hogwarts Express operates with pull cables and this could be what broke. Universal Orlando has to wait for the part to come in to install it and it seems that could take a while.

At this point, there is no expected opening date and it could potentially be the end of the month before the Hogwarts Express is operational again.

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Even with the Hogwarts Express closed, there are several rides for Universal Orlando Guests to enjoy within the Wizarding World, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, The Flight of the Hippogriff, and Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s in Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando’s official description of the Hogwarts Express reads:

Climb Aboard to Continue the Journey.

Travel between King’s Cross Station in the London area of Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade™ Station in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Each way is a different experience. From the thrill of walking through Platform 9 ¾™ to seeing characters and creatures featured in the films, this is not your everyday train ride. Additional restrictions apply.

Dream Vacation Wizarding World Hogwarts Express
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In addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Guests who visit Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are treated to a plethora of thrilling attractions including The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Jurassic World Velocicoaster, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack, The Simpson’s Ride, E.T. Adventure Ride, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, Hollywood Rip It, Ride It, Rock It, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and many more.

The Epic Universe, Universal’s newest theme park, is currently under construction and could potentially open in 2025.

Has the Hogwarts Express closure at Universal Orlando Resort affected you? Let us know in the comments.

If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies! Or, how about a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the movies?

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