Is the Forbidden Journey Bad For Roller Coaster Haters?Universal Orlando: I'm pondering whether to ride it or not when I go to IoA later this month.
From Andy MilioI am going to be going to IoA later this month, and I have heard great things about the Forbidden Journey. But most of those came from those who love roller coasters. Is FF bad for someone who hates roller coasters? I won't be riding it if it has qualities of roller coasters (like REALLY fast speeds, REALLY sharp turns, etc.)
Posted February 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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From Kathryn Leighnot at all. The ride doesn't move quickly or sharply, it just moves. There are also no quick drops, so you won't feel that weird tummy feeling if that's what you hate.
Posted February 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM
From Andy Milio^Oh thank goodness. I almost regretted riding Escape from Pompeii at Busch Gardens Williamsburg because of that feeling. Well, I guess I'm riding it, unless the lines are long
Posted February 3, 2011 at 5:09 PM
From Sylvain ComeauHow could you pass up a ride that people say is the greatest ever built?
Posted February 4, 2011 at 7:08 AM
From Colton McLaughlinAt one point your on your back but that's it. It is a little shaky at parts, but it is nothing to worry about. It is the greatest ride of all time and the longest I've waited for it is a little less than an hour. I think you'll be fine on it; if you can stomach a medium motion simulator, FJ will be no problem.
Posted February 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM
From Andy MilioColton,
Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:56 AM
Is it any worse than ], let's say, The Simpson's Ride? Because I can handle that.
From Terri PierceNot directed at me- but I got sick from the simpsons ride. FJ didn't leave me feeling woozy nor gave me that falling feeling that I get from getting to close to edges or falling of course.
Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:25 AM
From Mike SearySimpson's Ride is more jerky/sporadic. FJ is quite dynamic in its movement but it was designed so that the movements are pretty fluid and smooth to further enhance the 'flying' illusion.
Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:16 PM
It moves a lot and puts you in some pretty interesting positions (at one point lying recumbent with your feet elevated past your head slightly) but its all smooth and comfortable. It is definitely not as 'intense' as Simpsons, just more immersive and impressive.
From Colton McLaughlinWell... Mike and Terri pretty much summed up everything I was going to say. FJ is very fluid and smooth compared to the Simpson's Ride; the only part I can imagine having any problems would be the area where you're on your back, and that part lasts only a few seconds. I think you'll be fine.
Posted February 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM
From damond harrisi am a fellow roller coaster hater too, but FJ is a VERY fun ride thats good for just about everyone. its very smooth and there arent really any drops. you should try it out, its defiently the best ride i have ever been on.
Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:39 PM
From Roxanne PriceThe part where you're on your back - is it a problem if you typically wear calf-length skirts?
Posted February 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM
From Mike Gallagher^^Not for me...I'll just enjoy the view!:)
Posted February 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM
I usually leave my skirts home or in the room when I visit parks, anyway.
From Mike SearyRoxanne:
Posted February 8, 2011 at 3:56 PM
No, it's really too brief of a movement. It takes you by surprise, but before you know it, you are back down.
From Fred RoyI hate roller coaster too and didn't have any problem with the ride. Rode the Forbidden Journey 3 times.
Posted February 8, 2011 at 6:27 PM
From Kellie WIt is amazing! I too hate the big drop of a coaster, and that is what I always ask if I can't see the ride from outside. This is a smooth simulator ride. It makes the Simpsons Ride seem technologically archaic. That ride made me sick and made my neck hurt. This ride was perfectly smooth and I wanted it to go on and on! The stroke of genius was the line itself. You wind through the Greenhouse, and then through a hall of Hogwarts. You are not bored at all, in fact the line is part of the ride in my opinion. The moving portraits, Dumbledore's gadgets, they were so fascinating to see I wished that part of the line was longer! You will love this ride. It felt like you were really IN Hogwarts.
Posted February 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM
From Pat JacksonAgree with most posters. FJ is quite fluid and not much jerking around like the Simpsons ride, just remember you are on a track (usually) and hydraulics will lift and turn your car but with less force than most kiddie coasters.
Posted February 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM
The on the back part isn't much more than a few seconds as you transition between scenes and there are distractions in place when the car is moving up and around. While the ride is indeed very good the rooms/classrooms you walk through in line are very entertaining as well. We went on a low(er) volume day and actually let people go past us so we could stop and actually see the pictures moving, as well as see HP's and Dumbledores video scenes.
From Terri PierceRoxanne: The harness that you're in would hold down your skirt. Also as everyone else said its really brief. Your feet never go up in the air so the skirt wouldnt have time to flip backwards so you should stay covered.
Posted February 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM
... I've worked with Mennonites for the past 5 years, I have to answer this question a lot with themeparks!
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