Universal shows off its goblin animatronics from Harry Potter Diagon Alley (Update: With new Hogwarts Express scenes, too!)
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.
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.
If I could only count the Goosebumps I just got watching this...
Wow. Can't wait to see these AA's. Just the quick glimpse indicates they will be as realistic as all he__. Universal seems to be doing a fantastic job on the Potter expansion.
Looking great! Hopefully they will still be working when I finally get back to Orlando in 2015/16!
These animatronics look fantastic! And I'm really happy to see Universal hasn't forgotten about the technology.
I know this may seem like a minor thing. But, I am really happy they decided to go with the lighting of the first movie rather than the last. (It is much darker in the first movie). It makes it look more mysterious in my opinion.
Wow, the animatronics and the set looks fantastic. Amazing to think that's just part of the queue! I can't wait to go this summer. This expansion is the only reason my family is going to Florida this year.
I gotta tell you. It seems that Universal can never do wrong on this site. While it is impressive, this is like comparing apples to oranges to the Mine Train roller coaster at MK. First, it appears that you are going to be walking nearly up to the Goblins. If you were walking up to the dwarves, it would be the same thing, but they are part of a set piece an you are seeing them at one angle.
I was blown away when I saw this video. I love the animatronics. I know a lot of people say Universal uses a lot of video screens (which they do) They also have their fair amout of AA's
Uhm...I have seen better animatronics with Chucky at the VIP Hollywood Horror Nights Experience and these units are several years old. Hopefully we will be so far removed from these goblins that there skin won't look so fake.
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