Insider's Update: Potter, plunging, and planning
Written by Robert Niles
Harry Potter and theme park fans can look forward to Monday, when Universal Orlando has promised to reveal new details about Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts on the new Universal Orlando blog. Of course, we told you all about the ride two and half years ago, when we first leaked its details on New Year's Eve 2011. Perhaps Universal will share the one little bit of detail about the ride that no one's confirmed yet — the day it will open.Tweet
The latest concept art for the Gringotts coaster's loading area
In the meantime, Universal is installing the fire-breathing dragon atop Gringotts this weekend, and the resort released a couple of teaser videos this week, one showing the animatronic goblins in the Gringotts lobby and another offering snippets from the show scenes aboard the Hogwarts Express. There's also a nice description of the show on the train, in both directions, over at Orlando Informer. And for more news, previews and leaks about Universal's many Harry Potter lands around the world, visit our Wizarding World of Harry Potter page.
We don't typically cover water parks, but water park fans visiting Orlando this summer might be interested in trying the Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica, which opened this week. The new attraction features four unique waterslides down from an eight-story tower. Three of four start with a straight vertical drop from a breakaway box, thus the name.
Photo courtesy SeaWorld
Don't know that we've mentioned this one in the update before, but Jerry Rees, a director who's worked on more than a dozen Disney theme park attractions, from Back to Neverland and Cranium Command to Mystic Manor, has listed on his website a "mystery attraction" he's working on for Epcot, debuting in 2016. It's described only as a "next-gen larger-than-life interactive spectacle." Let's hear your wishes for this project, in the comments.
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