Universal Creative offers another look inside Diagon Alley
In a newly released promotional video, Universal Creative President Mark Woodbury talks about his team's creation of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley:
The video includes new scenes from inside Diagon Alley and its signature ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, as well as backstage looks at designers, builders, and musicians at work on the new land.
We've been all over this story from the beginning, so if you've missed any of our coverage, included detailed leaks of just about everything in Diagon Alley, you can find those links over on our Wizarding World of Harry Potter page.
Great video. Adds a lot of new details to Diagon Ally and Escape from Gringotts ride. Can't wait to get in to see it for myself.
The level of detail within Diagon Alley itself appears to be absolutely stunning, and will certainly be the benchmark for themed lands going forward. That said, Gringotts looks to be just yet another variation on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, like Forbidden Journey and Transformers are.
Gringotts will be unique in it's own way. Basically the first and only indoor 3D dark ride / coaster hybrid. The track will physically drop at one point and connect in a different section (apparently).
I know I'm going to be impressed when I get to experience it for myself, (probably not before 2017!) but I have to admit to being a little disappointed that it looks as if we're going to have to wear 3D glasses... That removes a certain amount of magic right from the start...
Not to be nit-picky (but I'm going to be), from the video it looks like we'll be wearing the same "welder's" 3-d glasses too. With this being more of a roller coaster (just barely) than either Spiderman or Transformers, I wonder how much the glasses will factor into having a narrow-tunnel vision feel while riding. If it does, I can imagine quite a few folks (including myself) finding themselves a bit dizzy due to the limited field of vision while taking in the twists and turns on the ride. Hopefully that won't be the case.
For N B's comment on the "track drop" - isn't this similar to what occurs on the Busch Gardens' Williamsburg "Verbolten" coaster? The entire train and track section "collapse" and then the coaster resumes it's run on the newly-joined track.
Peter, from what I gather, a spell from a wand (probably Bellatrix) will cause the entire car to drop, which will be amplified by the environment (like the Scoop ascent to the top of the building near the end of the ride).
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