Published: February 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Shut up.... just shut up..... You had me at Express Pass....
Nick McKaig

Published: February 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM


Published: February 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Sounds very good, although I is it supposed to be a joke? Why would someone like Rupert Miles have access to this info?
Nathan Alexander

Published: February 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Sounds fantastic... and "Rupert" thanks again for the scoop!
Anon Mouse

Published: February 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Fake elevators? That's nice. I guess I have to experience it because the roller coaster elements don't sound like much. Just a little bunny hops. The 3D show scenes seem fantastic to a point. It might just be too anticlimatic. So much build up and so little payoff. I don't like the outside queue much at all.

Published: February 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I'm guessing this will be a Premier Rides creation? Given their history with Universal as well as the Car design (looks just like Mummy)
Rob Pastor

Published: February 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Sounds fantastic. Will Express be available when the attraction opens or will it be a year or two down the road? A couple of other sites are saying no initial Express lines. But when it comes to Universal, Robert Niles usually has the most accurate insider info.
Daniel Etcheberry

Published: February 3, 2014 at 6:39 PM

It looks like I will have to take an elevator to the loading area like I do in Forbidden Journey (actually I have to take 2 elevators over there.) I skip the sorting hat (the first elevator is located before that part.) I wonder if I will be skipping anything in this new ride.

Published: February 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

How exactly are these 3D glasses suppose to stay on? Not to mention when being worn very loosely over normal glasses?

I'm so sick of 3D at theme parks...


Published: February 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM


According to Robert, Express will be out of the gate. I have had multiple emails with Universal P.R. about the introduction of Express a couple years after a new attraction opens. They are very responsive to feedback and respond to every concern. I have to say, it is refreshing to know someone actually listens.

This why we come back year after year.

Apple Butter

Published: February 3, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I think I just wet myself..... Holy bejesus this sounds amazing. Just 10 more months and I'm there..... If the express pass is true than I went number two in my pants as well. Oh yeah the duece is loose baby if that happens! Yes that sounds gross and it is but if Niles is half true than we are all going to be so excited that grown adults mind you, might have wet pants....
Annette Forrest

Published: February 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

This ride description was as exciting as the Harry Potter books. I loved it. I can't wait to ride this. It sounds so imaginative and amazing. It will be so great to go through all those offices and pretend we are in the real Gringotts Bank. Universal is really kicking things into a near gear. As a lifetime Disney fan, I really hope Universal shames Disney because there is nothing like this in any Disney park. Universal is really putting the IP to good use and going all out!
David Brown

Published: February 4, 2014 at 1:50 AM

I have no doubt this is going to be an absolute blast to ride and great fun. I also have no doubt that it will be technically impressive. So I look forward to riding it very much.

But there's just a tiny part of me that's let down by yet more 3D screens, or indeed by screens of any kind. I'm longing for a Theme Park to blow me away with something real....

Published: February 4, 2014 at 2:53 AM

I don't understand - why did they have to make up their own storyline when there is so much material to work with in the Harry Potter books???
Kelly Muggleton

Published: February 4, 2014 at 4:36 AM

Can I go on it now? Can I? Can I? Please?
*packs several lunches and waits with nose pressed against the doors*

Published: February 4, 2014 at 6:57 AM

I'm actually super, super excited for this ride. But why spend all the time and money on Transformers? Why build 2 action-packed motion simulators in the same year and same park!??

Overall, I'm SOOO thrilled about the details of Diagon Alley. Seems like JK put her foot down and made Universal do it her way, and ONLY her way - and thank god for JK! She's making Universal spend so much money and its going to be beautiful!!! Super, super detailed I absolutely love it and cannot wait!

Nick McKaig

Published: February 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I would like to know how much of a role J.K. Rowling actually played in the creation of these attractions. There hasn't been much press describing her relationship to the process. Any thoughts?
Annette Forrest

Published: February 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I want to comment on the person who said "Why did they make up their own storyline when there is so much material in the books". I like Universal's approach, because it's not telling the stories of the books or movies...but creating a new adventure for us riders in the world of the books and movies. I like being treated like someone opening up a new account at Gringotts. That's exciting. I get to be myself, and not have to pretend I am Harry Potter. I can feel like I am visiting Diagaon Alley for the fist time and opening my own account and then the adventure starts up and I encounter the characters of the film, on a new adventure. I love that.

Forbidden Journey is like that too, where I feel like I was visiting Hogwarts. But not a student, a visitor, riding those benches. At Gringotts I guess you can pretend more to be a witch or wizard, which I like better.

Contrast this with most Disney rides, where on some dark rides you are supposed to be a character from one of the films or they recreate famous scenes from the films. It's not as engaging as being on a whole new adventure that you can only have at the Universal parks, not in any movie or whatever. I love this approach.

Robert Niles

Published: February 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Speaking with Thierry Coup and other Universal Creative designers in the past, they've been very insistent that they want visitors to see these as their adventure, and not a recreation of the characters' adventures. The designers want to create a space in which we, as visitors, get to spend time with these characters, but the designers want the overall experience to be that we visitors are creating a unique new adventure with the characters.

Published: February 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I already know what happens in the movies and books. It would be no surprise to duplicate that. I like having a different story line as long as the theming is consistent. I am so excited for this ride. If this has the capacity of The Mummy then I think the lines will move fairly quickly. I don't need drops, flips, inversions to make something fun. I love Big Thunder Mt. Because it lacks those elements. extreme thrill rides are off the table for a lot of people and hopefully this will be intense enough, but still allow everyone to ride.
Sylvain Comeau

Published: February 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The summer crowds will be insane. No force on earth could make me brave that!

We will be checking this out in the Fall :)


Published: February 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I wonder if the bank lobby will be the dusty cobweb spooky version from the first movie or the ultra clean lobby from the last movie. They have a very different vibe.....
Panagiota Shaw

Published: February 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

80 foot drop sounds pretty intense. Is that a virtual drop? How will 3d glasses stay on with a drop like that?

Published: February 5, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I've never had any problem keeping my 3D glasses on over my glasses on any of the attractions. Besides, other than the 1st drop, it really doesn't sound like it will be much of a rollercoaster.
Bob Liebe

Published: February 6, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I was wondering about the 80' drop and the 3D glasses myself. My first time on Revenge of the Mummy I had a pair of new sunglasses tucked how I thought to be "securely" in my shirt pocket. I sat in the back row and when I was getting off of the ride, a lady in the front row was holding my glasses and there was a big old scratch on one of the lenses. We don't know how they got there, but they did!

Is the drop going to be steep like Jurassic Park River Adventure or more gradual???

I hope for the latter due to the fact that:
A.) I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to drops (even though I will still go on it at least once!) and
B.) There are a lot of younger Harry Potter fans out there that will not be able to enjoy the ride if it is too intense.

If you have anymore details about the drop Mr. Niles, please share!!!