On Tuesday new details were revealed about the upcoming Gringotts ride that will be featured at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley theme park, opening this summer.
Readers will recall the memorable scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and its film adaptation in which Harry, Ron, and Hermione break into Gringotts Wizarding Bank, escaping from the bank’s vaults with one of Voldemort’s Horcuxes on dragon-back.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will recreate this sequence in a “multi-dimensional, multi-sensory” thrill ride. Universal uses the latest technology to create the experience, including “360-degree themed sets, 4K digital high-definition animation, state-of-the-art 3-D Infitec projection systems and live special effects” with characters from the Harry Potter stories.
The run-up to the ride will be an experience in and of itself. The center of the new Diagon Alley area, Gringotts is “topped by a 60-foot tall, fire-breathing dragon figure.” Guests will queue inside the bank’s marble lobby, where they will see goblins at work. Finally, they will journey down to the bank’s vaults, which are stored “many miles below London,” and board the ride.
The ride’s carts are specifically designed to carry up to 12 people, so that the whole family can experience the ride together. The height requirement for the ride is also 42 inches, 6 inches shorter than the Forbidden Journey ride, which allows younger/smaller children to enjoy the ride as well.
On the ride itself, riders will encounter Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange, Gringotts’ “security trolls”, the infamous blinded dragon, and even come face to face with Lord Voldemort. The Universal Creative Team worked with the Harry Potter film crew to make the attraction as detailed as possible. Harry, Ron and Hermione actors, Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have all been confirmed to make an appearance on the ride, as well as Bellatrix Lestrange actress Helena Bonham Carter.
Along with this announcement, Universal also released pictures and a behind the scene video of the ride and attraction, all of which you can view below.
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