Published: June 18, 2014 at 10:49 PMSounds amazing. But the nerds want to know: how much of a coaster is it?
Published: June 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM"Nowhere in America will theme park fans find a more faithfully detailed, narrative-driven, and magically engaging experience."
So, how does the Gringotts ride and the Diagon Alley experience measure up when compared against the very best of Tokyo DisneySea?
Published: June 18, 2014 at 11:08 PMBrilliant. I have got to make it to Universal while I'm down in Florida for school. Robert, since many people say 3D is often hit or miss as far as perspective and eyesight goes, how well do you think Universal did this time?
Published: June 19, 2014 at 2:04 AMEverything I've read & seen so far gives it the "Wow" factor,. And the excellent story narrative, crisp screens, the milder more family ride experience & all the AA's in the Gringott's queue should quiet some of the Forbidden Journey critics. To see Diagon at night & during the day on various TV shows sent a chill up my spine, and I'm not even a Harry Potter fan outside of the theme park experience. Can't wait till our September trip.
Published: June 19, 2014 at 4:55 AMYour description sounds truly amazing! I cannot wait to hear more details about the two rides and the alley itself! Thanks for the coverage!
However, you said that Diagon Alley raised the standard for theme park entertainment in the Unites States! So you think that there are superior experiences outside of America? ;-)
I would love to hear your opinion about how Diagon Alley compares to the best experiences TDL and TDS have to offer!
Published: June 19, 2014 at 5:40 AMbut what about the Churros??? ;)
Published: June 19, 2014 at 5:43 AMSeriosuly though, Robert...your article had the "Wow" factor! Please give us more! You know...for those of us unable to make the trip this summer...
Published: June 19, 2014 at 5:50 AMThe TV preview last night was quite fun to watch, but this land looks even better than I hoped. If this doesn't cause disney to turn their heads, I don't know what will.
Published: June 19, 2014 at 8:59 AMI'm curious how the platform 9 3/4 effect is. Is it as convincing as the transporter effect on the now defunct Star Trek: The Experience? The lack of mention suggests it either wasn't part of the media tour or was not a big deal (simple mist wall or similar).
Published: June 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM"wildest fake elevator ride"
A fake elevator ride. This was done too many times to mixed results.
I'm surprised that Diagon Alley is more family friendly with the roller coaster ride. This is actually an improvement since they have too many thrill rides.
Published: June 19, 2014 at 9:28 AMRussell, officialmugglenet posted a video on Instagram and it appears to be a holographic brick wall. Looks convincing enough to me.
Published: June 19, 2014 at 11:09 AMSo the fake elevator ride is better than the one at DisneyQuest that takes you up to the third floor? Lmao.
Seriously though, this place looks amazing. I'm hoping to spend a few months in Orlando this winter to escape the cold, and I will absolutely be spending a good bit of time over at Universal with an annual pass.
Maybe I'll get an EPCOT after 4pm annual pass too. But I only have so much money and Universal has earned what little expendable income I actually do have. Good on you, Universal!
Disney, pick up your game!
Published: June 19, 2014 at 11:33 AMFirst I wanted to Thanks you Robert and Brian....
Universal - I am speechless...
But remember Disney has a Train ride that slightly rocks back and fourth. Hahahaha (I had too).
Published: June 19, 2014 at 12:19 PMSounds great, but I hope the Gringotts ride has physical sets and AAs, not just 3D. Spider-Man and Transformers are great fun, but I don't think Gringotts will live up to the standard of Forbidden Journey if it has no physical effects.
Published: June 19, 2014 at 3:08 PMHi everyone,
Brian and I spent the morning and afternoon shooting in Diagon Alley, and our videos are exporting now.
But while we wait... for Platform 9 3/4, it's a practical effect that people in the queue see differently than the person going through. Which will make sense only when you visit, but we'll have me going through the wall on the video.
Published: June 20, 2014 at 3:24 PMIt's a super simple concept folks. This is not an up-charge like you have to pay to ride go-karts at Six Flags. Because the Hogwarts Express takes you from one park to another, you must be in possession of a two park ticket. Disney transportation does takes you from park to park for free, but you are not inside the parks. It would be sort of like going for a ride on the Disneyland Monorail from DTD without a ticket and expecting to get off in Tomorrowland for a free visit to DL.
Published: June 20, 2014 at 7:04 PMI hope the roller coaster is like the mummy and not all 3-D