Hogwarts Express: Up Close and Personal

Hogwarts Express in transit. Photo from Ricky Brigante, Inside the Magic.

Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic has posted photos of the real life Hogwarts Express as the construction of Diagon Alley progresses at Universal Studios Florida.

The Hogwarts Express will take Wizard World of Harry Potter visitors from Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure to Diagon Alley. On the way they will enjoy superimposed views of the scenic English countryside.

According to Brigante: “The cars first arrived backstage several weeks ago, spotted by many fans in the park. Likewise, monorail-like raised tracks have already been erected.”

Brick red in color, the locomotive is full size. It’s expected that testing will be underway soon and a soft opening will take place ahead of the official opening sometime in 2014, ahead of the completion of the new area.

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