10 Magical Facts about Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
In 2010, Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ride that uses cutting-edge technology and fast-paced storytelling to bring J.K. Rowling’s world to life. One of the ride’s original concepts was based on Van Helsing stories.
1. Harry Potter Almost Came to Disney World
Disney approached J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. to pitch ideas for Wizarding World attractions, with Disney reportedly pitching a wand shooter attraction with an exit gift shop and magical creature petting. By 2004, the Disney deal had fallen apart due to both parties’ inability to agree.
2. Stealing Van Helsing’s Home
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be coming to Islands of Adventure, with the centerpiece attraction taking place within the iconic Hogwarts Castle. The ride will be built on a large expansion plot that was previously set aside for future Jurassic Park attractions, as well as a dark ride based on the stories of Van Helsing.
3. Designing a Winning Attraction
The team behind the attraction had previously worked on attractions based on Spider-Man and the Revenge of the Mummy, and they traveled to Scotland to meet with Rowling before developing the technologies.
4. Enter KUKA Arm Technology
The enchanted bench is a ride that uses robotic arms designed by KUKA to give riders the sensation of floating through the air. The ride’s vehicle is an enchanted bench that is bolted to a track and moves at the same rate as the arm, so you never stop moving.
5. Carousels of Screens
The ride features a variety of physical sets, animatronics, and several screen-based segments, with three dome screen scenes that are all the same length.
6. Re-visiting Locations from the Series
The ride takes us through some of the most famous Harry Potter locations, such as the Forbidden Forest, Quidditch pitch, and even the abandoned Chamber of Secrets, which was first seen in the second film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
7. A Lot More Dementors
Several animatronic Dementors mounted on moving KUKA arms are encountered during the ride; however, J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. felt the sequence was too frightening and limited it to just one Dementor; however, if you look closely, you can still see several rows of static Dementors lining the walls.
8. Movie Sets and Props
Several rooms and areas of Hogwarts Castle have been re-created for the ride, including Dumbledore’s Office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom, the Gryffindor Common Room, and others, all of which are decorated with props from the Harry Potter films.
9. Moving Portraits
J. K. Rowling’s design team painted portraits, many of which are animated and interact with one another to make them seem more lifelike.
10. Characters in Musion
We get to see some of the characters in hologram form in two of the queue rooms for “Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts,” which opens this weekend at Universal Orlando. Musion technology was previously used in “Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Starring You.”
How does the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride work?
The ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey uses KUKA robocoaster technology, which allows the seats to pivot while being held above the track by a robotic arm; however, the ride is a scenic dark ride, not a roller coaster, and guests exit into Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods gift shop at the end of the ride.
Is the Harry Potter Forbidden Journey ride scary?
The Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Studios can be frightening because it is ‘dark themed’ and contains some frightening elements, such as the Acromantula Aragog and the dementors that are present, but there are also plenty of magical moments.
Do you go upside down on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey?
WESH 2’s Michelle Meredith confirmed that the broken down ride was the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” but Universal officials said the Forbidden Journey ride does not go upside down.
Does Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey have loops?
I’m not a coaster fan, but Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located inside Hogwarts Castle at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, delivers swooping, heart-pounding thrills that even a loop-de-loop phobic like me can enjoy.
How much did Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey cost?
The Hagrid ride is considered a “family” coaster because of its low top speed (50 mph), lack of inverting elements (which turn passengers upside down on those coasters that have them), and other factors. There are some particularly bizarre features that passengers experience on the ride.
Can you walk through Harry Potter Forbidden Journey?
Yes, we’ve walked through Hogwarts on the non-rider path several times; it’s a slightly different path that leads you deeper into the castle and up a staircase with talking paintings that isn’t normally seen on the ride path.
How many rides are in Harry Potter world?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has four rides: three opened in 2010 as part of phase one, and two more opened in 2014 as part of phase two.
Is Diagon Alley in Islands of Adventure?
Travel between Diagon AlleyTM in Universal Studios FloridaTM and HogsmeadeTM in Universal’s Islands of AdventureTM in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM.
How long is the Gringotts ride?
TMZ.com reports that riders on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios are experiencing motion sickness, but Forbidden Journey at Universal Orlando has a reputation for making visitors feel as if they’ve swallowed one of the Weasley brothers’ Puking Pastilles.
What does butterbeer taste like?
Butterbeer is a cream soda with a butterscotch-flavored whipped topping on top; it’s delicious but also extremely sweet.