Universal Orlando confirms more details about Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Written by Robert Niles
Update: It appears that the grand opening of Diagon Alley will be June 20, as Universal is sending out invitations for a media event on June 17-20. Stay tuned for more information.Tweet
Universal Orlando Resort Tuesday morning revealed more details about Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, the centerpiece attraction at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley land, opening soon at Universal Studios Florida.
We first reported an overview of the story and effects on this new roller coaster dark ride in December 2011, and expanded upon that post with a detailed scene-by-scene description of the ride in February. Warning: Spoilers abound at those links!
Here's the (relatively spoiler-free) TL;DR — You'll meet goblins and Bill Weasley in the Gringotts Bank offices in the queue, before descending into the caverns below, where you'll board motion-base roller coaster trains for a ride through an underground battle between Harry and his friends and Voldemort and his allies. Trolls and dragons add to the mayhem in an immersive experience that blends film with a wide variety of practical effects.
The Orlando Business Journal just published this photo from Universal of the new Gringotts ride vehicles. Compare that with the image we first leaked on New Year's Eve in 2011, below:
If you'd like to win a trip to the Grand Opening of Diagon Alley, NBC's Today Show is taking entries all week, giving away 25 trips for up to four to the grand opening. Visit sweepstakes.today.com to enter, starting Tuesday morning at 8am Eastern. You can get the answer to the entry form's daily question by watching Today, but don't need to provide the correct answer to enter to win. You can enter just once a day, but can enter again each day between now and Sunday for additional chances to win.
For a complete summary of all of coverage of Universal's four Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter, in Orlando, Hollywood, and Japan, please visit our Harry Potter page at themeparkinsider.com/wizarding-world-of-harry-potter.
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