Vote of the week: Show scenes for Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter?
After watching the latest Harry Potter movie this past week, my kids are looking forward to the next installment in the Harry Potter universe: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Here's what we know about the main attraction in the new land, which will open early in 2010: It will take place inside Hogwarts Castle. You will board after queueing through the Great Hall. The ride vehicles will be four-person seats on Kuka robot arms, mounted from an overhead track. And there will be about 10 scenes in the ride.
But what do you want those 10 scenes to be? Let's vote!
I've selected several potential scenes from the first three Harry Potter books. They are all scenes from inside Hogwarts Castle and do not include the Great Hall or the entry, which will be part of the queue. Nor do they include the common rooms, well, 'cause you're not supposed to be in common rooms outside your house. ;-) And they do not include any scenes that take place outside the castle, since that's where the ride will be set.
Pick the one you most want to see, from these options, then discuss in the comments.
Have a great weekend!
Are you sure that you never leave the Castle during the ride?
No. It could be a Haunted Mansion type of deal, where you slide out a window or something and wander the grounds. (And there's always apparition, once you get outside the castle, of course!) But the ride itself is contained within the Hogwarts "building."
Robert, are you sure that the track is suspended? Everything I heard going into this was that it would be a modified Spider-man system with KUKA arms attached from the ground.
Yeah Robert, I've heard the same as Raul. That anonymous post should be attributed to me by the way.
I have no qualms with the ride being like Spider-Man because, really, that's what I was hoping for, anyway. Why fix what ain't broke, right? The worst that can come out of this potential Potter ride is that it bumps out the current Best Ride. ;)
Hmmm. I thought the timeline was somewhere between the fourth and fifth books. Whatever. I voted for the Staircase because I think all the cases moving with no particular rhyme or reason would be cool.
I'm won't be certain of anything until I ride, and if Universal Creative does it's job well, I won't be entirely certain about things like ride systems and tech effects even then! Many of us have seen or been told detailed plans, but even those change over time.
I voted Chamber of Secrets.
These are great choices, Robert. I wonder how they'd pull of the Mirror of Erised? My greatest desire might be beyond PG-rated. I guess everyone sees something different, though, so nobody could be offended.
It might be fun to see the Yule Ball in progress, a la the Ballroom at the Haunted Mansion. Could be a glorious mid-ride pause for some spectacle.
If I had to guess or hope, I would be pretty sure that Universal would want to include a Fluffy and Basilisk AA that would blow Disney's Yeti away, there will probably be some dementors, and I really hope we can get a Voldemort animatronic as well.
I vote to see Aragog, ride in the flying car, fly in a quidditch game and ride on the Knight Bus.
there should be a womping willow roller coaster!
Is this ride going to be in 3D, or with sets and AAs?
Well, I feel like an idiot. Someone just reminded me that apparition isn't the only way in the wizarding world to pop from one place to another. I totally forgot about floo powder. So if they use that, anything outside the castle is fair game.
The chamber of secrets could be a ride in it's own right. It would be incredible to have your car just narrowly miss an attack from the basilisk.
I think running from the dementors on your broom would be a scary addition to the potter ride. They could have rain in the show room, giant 3d projections on the walls, and a Harry robot flying next to you. Would be great.
sorry not much help but all i do know is that emma, dan and rupert have already filmed the interactive scenes ;) but by the sounds of what you have described it sounds more like a virtual tour through hogwarts , either way i shall find out as i'm finally back out to florida october 2010 =)
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