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Christopher Sturniolo

Gringotts-Not the World's Greatest Ride

Published: July 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM. Edited: July 13, 2014 at 6:32 PM

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Christopher Sturniolo

Published: July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

With all the hoopla building up to it, does anyone think that people are not hailing Gringotts as the world's greatest theme park RIDE (not rise as the title says) because of its poor reliability and capacity?
James Trexen

Published: July 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Of the few people who have been able to ride, most have given it glowing reviews, so I don't know where this is coming from.
Christopher Sturniolo

Published: July 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Pretty much what I've seen on Twitter is that "it wasn't as good as FJ or some of the other rides".
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: July 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM. Edited: July 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Been on both, and Gringotts beats Forbidden Journey easily, in my book. (Fixed the headline, too.)
Brian Emery

Published: July 14, 2014 at 6:11 AM. Edited: July 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Can't say any ride is the Best in the world, too subjective.

But I am sure it is Fantastic...

Maybe you would rather go on a new small coaster the slightly rocks back and fourth...Hi Ho Hi Ho.... hahahaha

Daniel Etcheberry
Writer

Published: July 14, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Robert, what makes Gringotts be a better ride than Forbidden Journey?
David Matecki

Published: July 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

All new rides have operating issues and top that with being crazy busy does not constitute a bad ride. Once the crowds die down and the hiccups are fixed. Then we can talk about the best ride topic.
TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM. Edited: July 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

It lacks hippos. And it also lacks fake Johnny Depps so Rao hates it too.
James Rao
Writer

Published: July 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM. Edited: July 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Gringotts does have three things going for it the Diagon Alley expansion never got: Danny Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. And I think Miss Watson is almost as pretty in guyliner as Johnny Depp. Almost.
James Trexen

Published: July 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Actually, only Rupert Grint returned. Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson, for whatever reason (fear of typecasting no doubt), decided not to film footage or even voice their characters. In an interview with the Universal Creative designers, their lack of involvement was confirmed.
James Rao
Writer

Published: July 15, 2014 at 3:47 AM. Edited: July 15, 2014 at 3:48 AM

^According to every report I've read, all three "show up" in the ride... but I have not ridden yet so I can't confirm. Whether or not the footage is new is beside the point.

As for type-casting, it is way too late to worry about that issue. That trio will never be known for anything else, ever, so they really should stop biting the hand that feeds them.

TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 15, 2014 at 8:04 AM. Edited: July 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I can confirm ... No hippos ... So the Jungle Cruise still rules.
robert morris

Published: July 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM

To be fair doesn't a Dragon trump Hippos
TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Hippos eat dragons for breakfast.
TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM. Edited: July 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I am kind of starting to believe that Comcast's aggressive approach to attraction and resort development may well stem from hurt feelings. Specifically, Comcast's brass may be smarting over the way Disney backhanded its rather weak attempt at a hostile takeover.

It was back in 2004, when Comcast was a bit cocky and its eyes were bigger than its financial stomach. The cable guy corporation made a run at Disney -- an action which garnered more than a few smirks on Wall Street.

In fact when Michael Eisner was asked about Comcast's hostile advances at Disney's 2004 shareholders conference he responded sarcastically (paraphrased): "Mergers and acquisitions? Oh yes, we're thinking of taking over Comcast."

But you got to admire Comcast's persistence. From the executives in the board room to low level CSRs managing your cable bill.

(See the link below)

https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/guy-recorded-phone-call-tried-120400755.html

(Chuckle)

Court E

Published: July 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

What does any of that have to do with Gringotts?
TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM. Edited: July 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Hey cool!
Court E ... You were in the Walt Disney World College Program of 2011?

I was in the Magic Kingdom College Program Fall of 1982!

TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Hey cool!

Court E ... You were in the Walt Disney World College Program of 2011?

I was in the Magic Kingdom College Program Fall of 1982!

Court E

Published: July 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Cool story bro!

What does your comment of takeover attempts and bitter feelings have to do with Gringotts? Perhaps you can clarify, because currently I don't understand how you are connecting some random bad customer service experience with this particular ride.

TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Nothing, why?
Court E

Published: July 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Was curious.
Tim Hillman

Published: July 16, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Whew! For a minute there I thought this thread was going to have one of those "Luke, I am your father!" moments.

At least The Jungle Cruise is still safe in its perch atop the theme park attraction rankings in the world of TH Creative. But, would it still be there if Gringotts added hippos? Better yet, where does Flight of the Hippogriff alight in the THC hierarchy?

TH Creative
Writer

Published: July 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Hippos are real ... and deadly!

Hippogriffs are mythical creatures -- Like Bigfeet or platypuses ... platypi ... um, platymeese.

Dylan Kojola

Published: July 17, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Just came back from a wonderful vacation at Universal Orlando resort. I enjoyed the new Harry Potter Expansion but, the new ride was a little disappointing. I felt that if they made the ride longer and had a bit more "roller coaster" feel to it (like the Mummy ride), it would have been a lot better. Also, if they would have incorporated animatronic figures as well as 3-D projections, I feel that the ride would have been more immersive. I personally think that the original harry potter ride was a lot more impressive than the new gringots coaster.
Christopher Sturniolo

Published: July 19, 2014 at 6:02 AM

The reason I brought up this whole diatribe is because business journals like Motley Fool are making this ride Universals version of Rocket Rods.
N B

Published: July 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I will ride this thing in ten days... and submit an objective review.
Court E

Published: July 20, 2014 at 12:52 AM

These journals you cite are failing to take into account that Rocket Rods was open off and on for just over 2 years, and the ride failed due to infrastructure problems, severe mechanical issues , and loads of technical issues.

Gringotts has been open 2 weeks officially. There isn't a comparison to be had until more time has been allotted. Put simply, it's too soon for any media source to make that call just yet.

robert morris

Published: July 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I would actually put it second best ride and almost third best ride in USF.

Transformers to me is a superior ride and MIB for me is third at that park.

Overall the queue is very good...but FJ is superior

The roller coaster elements are smooth but too short the 3D is good but the ride overall seems to short

That being said Diagon Alley is the mot immersive land in the history of Theme Parks in my opinion as someone who has never been to Disney Sea

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