Rumor: Hogwarts Express Ride to Link Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios
June 20, 2012, 07:01 PM
A theme park blog has revealed Universal's plans to link their two Florida theme parks (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando) with a Hogwarts Express attraction:
Universal Orlando finally, though inadvertently, revealed they’re going to link their two Central Florida theme parks with a new transit attraction. Their filings with the water management district show locations within both Islands of Adventure and Universal Orlando which are part of a larger overall project to construct what is rumored to be a simulation of the famed Hogwarts Express.
The filings are for the dewatering of retention ponds amid the track of the Dragon Challenge coasters at Islands of Adventure and the service road just south of the old Jaws attraction in Universal Studios Orlando. The Dragon Challenge site plans were originally thought to be explicit enough to include a blatant outline for a train station, but those lines in the drawing are actually for the pump heads to remove the water from the pond and the surrounding silt fence.
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OMG!! I ALSO HEARD THEY ARE MAKING DIAGON ALLEY, THE LEAKY CAULDRON TO EAT IN, AND GRINGOTTS WITH A ROLLERCOASTER/RIDE INSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE UNIVERSAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK GOODNESS I HAVE A SEASON PASS AND I LIVE IN GEORGIA!!!!!! :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
If investors are willing to shake loose the $$$ necessary to do this, then I guess that’s good news for the economy… The more stuff they add the better, I say! :+)
This will be such a great addition to the, already awesome, park! I wonder what the time frame will be for the completion? I’m hopefully going back next year & I’m sure it won’t be done by then, but maybe construction will be under way.
Oops – never mind! I just read the rest of the article that said they are already working on the Diagon Alley / Gringots & expect the Hogwarts Express to begin construction on July 15, 2012. Now, if they would just let me move into Hagrid’s hut (I couldn’t find my room in the Ravenclaw Tower at Hogwarts… some muggles kept telling me I was in a restricted section), I’d be in seventh heaven, living off pumpkin juice and sweets from Honeyduke’s!