King’s Cross Station to open May 2014 – if you believe the writing on the wall

King’s Cross Station to open May 2014 – if you believe the writing on the wall

King’s Cross Station to open May 2014 – if you believe the writing on the wall

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Update – January 2014

Almost one year ago we published the blog post you’ll find below. At the time, we scarcely knew that the construction project at Universal Studios Florida was indeed Diagon Alley (remember, Universal didn’t official announce the project until May 2013), and we certainly weren’t ready to estimate its opening date. Yet, based on some intriguing lettering on the new Transformers building, we speculated that May 2014 could be when the Hogwarts Express opened to the public.

Now one year later, in January 2014, that speculation is looking to be more accurate than we could have imagined. Read the blog post below to learn more about what we pieced together last year, then visit our Diagon Alley page to see what we’re thinking right now about when the Hogwarts Express may open.

 

Original post – March 2013

There is something very interesting happening on the Transformers building. And if you believe Universal wants to give us clues to the opening of their Harry Potter expansion in lieu of announcing any actual details, then you will want to check this out. (Remember, Universal proudly gave us clues to the opening of Transformers before they made that announcement.)

Here are two shots the markings on one portion of the Transformers building:

Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Florida.
Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Florida.
Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Florida.
Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Florida.

Now, consider this theory sent into us from one of our fans:

Kings Cross Station is commonly coded as KX and I know it has nothing to do with Transformers, but who says it has to be? So I believe STN is Station and 14/5 is May 2014 and by your recent photos of “WWOHP” buildings in USF it could be Kings cross Station opening May 2014. Please let me know your thoughts.

As far as I’m aware, no one has stepped forward suggesting a better explanation for these markings, so why not? After all, we heard recently that all of the Harry Potter expansion might open as early as July 2014, so could King’s Cross Station — which will be home to a real Hogwarts Express that travels between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure — open a few months early to help the parks work out logistics? That makes perfect sense to me. After all, if you’re familiar with how admission works at Universal, you know it is going to be a challenge for Universal and guests alike figure out exactly what it takes to enjoy all of Harry Potter once it spans two separate theme parks.

Also, as you can see by these images I posted earlier this week, construction is well underway on King’s Cross Station:

Harry Potter expansion at USF - March 27, 2013.
Harry Potter expansion at USF – March 27, 2013.
Harry Potter expansion at USF - March 27, 2013.
Harry Potter expansion at USF – March 27, 2013.

If you’ve been following the Harry Potter project at Universal Orlando, then you already know Universal still hasn’t announced any details. So I am by no means guaranteeing that this theory is true, or suggesting that I have the information from someone familiar with the project. But again, if you consider how useful it would be for Universal to work out the 2-park Harry Potter logistics before the entirety of the new area opens, and if you consider that there really isn’t much work to do over by the original Wizarding World to set up a station for Hogsmeade, this idea seems pretty believable — or at least pretty achievable.

Learn more:

Transformer at Universal Studios Florida

Harry Potter expansion (Diagon Alley)

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Cody
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Cody

Interesting theory on these markings. But I do have to say that an attraction as advanced as the new Hogwarts Express attraction will have to be tested for months prior to opening so I really can’t see this attraction opening anytime soon. Also as per phase one of The Wizarding World there was a major rule with Universal and J.K. that the entire expansion had to be running smoothly and all together in order for the expansion to even open to guests for testing. So I do not believe that we will see any part of Phase 2 open until… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

By god I think you’ve cracked the code!

Jerry
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Jerry

This is really incredible news!!!!! But i really hope its not like the monorail like ofcourse that it can transport but give a different experience every time when you ride the express!!! It will be really amazing and sooner or later come on universal will not really have to fully reveal it but to say something that only harry potter fans would know so that way universal could still release the news but same time does not fully reveal it!

Dan
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Dan

But sadly Kings Cross is represented by KGX not KX….

Dennis
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Dennis

That could be the “point” 🙂

KGX = K . G

John Sebastian La Valle
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John Sebastian La Valle

that would take one big barcode scanner!

John Sebastian La Valle
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John Sebastian La Valle

Its probably a fake barcode because it does look off, but for those curious: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Read_a_Barcode

Denise Danks
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Denise Danks

I love this 🙂

Rachel MacDonald
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Rachel MacDonald

Lol if this turns out to be true. The day we left last year transformers opened hubby was gutted and this is the day we leave this year hehe

Nat Hall
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Nat Hall

Hope it’s in June as we go in May & are not HP fans, so would prefer the parks to be quiet like they usually are in May

Dawn Smith Bowers
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Dawn Smith Bowers

Our family noticed this last year and still think it is a message pointing to the soft opening of Kings cross Station! So excited!

CassieRyan
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CassieRyan

I can’t wait!! I don’t think my annual pass will let me in until September, though…but I feel like the crowds will be way more intense than I’m used to since I use the Crowd Calendar religiously to avoid hyper-busy days. 🙂

CaptainAction
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CaptainAction

They have been working on Gringot’s and the Hogwarts Train for months. The work has been going on inside.