Universal shows off its goblin animatronics from Harry Potter Diagon Alley (Update: With new Hogwarts Express scenes, too!)
Written by Robert Niles
We showed you yesterday a Today show promo that included a glimpse of the new goblin animatronics in the great hall of Gringotts bank in Universal Studios Florida's Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Today, Universal Orlando has released a promo clip of its own, allowing us a slightly longer and much closer look at the animatronics.Tweet
Last month, we wrote about Disney's use of projection technology on its new animatronics for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. In discussions here on Theme Park Insider and elsewhere online, many theme park fans hold on to a stereotype that Universal relies on projection technology in its attractions while Disney works more with practical effects. That Disney's using projection while Universal's developing richly detailed practical animatronics illustrates how old thoughts about who's doing what in the themed entertainment industry don't always hold when technology advances and media mash together. Creative leaders will find a way to implement whatever tools they feel best tell the story at hand.
Update: Now Universal's posted another preview, with scenes from on board the Hogwarts Express.
For more on all of Universal's Harry Potter projects around the world, please visit our Wizarding World of Harry Potter page.
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