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The Hogwarts Express has arrived at Universal Orlando, two behind-the-scenes photo reveal.

One of the Hogwarts Express train cars – which will carry guests from the existing Hogsmeade Village at Islands of Adventure to the new Diagon Alley at neighboring park Universal Studios – has seemingly arrived backstage.

Two photos of one train car’s arrival show it on the back of a truck where it may’ve been carried in this morning. We wouldn’t be surprised if some lucky people driving on Florida’s major roadways spotted these riding on the back of trucks, because they obviously couldn’t be covered up due to their size (or maybe they were and Universal took the covers off once backstage):

Real Hogwarts Express train car 2

Real Hogwarts Express train car 1

The user who uploaded the photos says that he spotted three to four train cars so far arriving back stage.

Universal seems to have taken careful steps to design the train cars so they look as lifelike as possible from the inside out.

A train station is being constructed at both Wizarding World lands so guests can enter and exit from both locations as if they are traveling wizards.

Reports indicate that you will not be able to see out actual windows when you’re inside. The windows on the inside will be disguised as digital screens that make you feel as if you’re passing through the English countryside. There may be different “scenarios” that take place on the screens so you get a different experience each time.

Universal Orlando confirmed the Wizarding World: Diagon Alley expansion in May and shared beautiful concept art depicting what the new land will look like when it’s complete.

Diagon Alley is expected to open summer 2014.

Photo source: WDWMagic.com

  • Steven

    I guess passengers will sit in cabins and both sides will be digital screens. the windows and the cabin doors. so you can see characters walk past and then of course the Dementors. very cool. hope it doesn’t make people claustrophobic though.

  • Priscilla


  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    I WANT TO GO SO BADLY! It looks like its shaping up to be amazing.

    • Timothy C. Mobley

      I agree ravenclaw1991 I am Gryffindor1980. I love HP series. I have been to Orlando Florida, I want to go back and see things I missed and also get a wand. Great wonderful place. It is to me like Disney Land and World is to others. :) :)

  • Lauren D

    now I just need my ticket:)

  • Nancy B

    I saw the train as I drove down I-95 on Thursday afternoon. I saw it around 5pm just north of Daytona Beach. It was not covered up…I almost had an accident when I saw ‘Hogwarts Express’ on the side of the train car!

  • Lucy

    Wait, this is the real Hogwarts express?! I hope they return it soon. I mean, the holidays are almost over, and a lot of young wizard kids will be dissapointed when they go to Platform 9 3/4 and it’s not there! There’ll be a lot of people trying to get to Hogwarts with flying cars instead, which could be a big problem

  • Emily Bryan


  • Jasmine

    Wow! Already? I wonder if that Potter Con at WWoHP will have early access to this ride??? Maybe I should save my money and attend!

  • Roonil Wazlib

    Are these the actual carriages used in the films ? If so I’m rather proud cause they’re kept quite local to me and used to be in regular use on the west coast mainline when I was a kid… Before they got the promotion obviously haha

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