Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Motion Base Ride
Minimum height to ride: 42 inches
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You are visiting Gringotts Bank to meet with Bill Weasley and tour the underground vaults before opening your own Gringotts account. However, you just happen to be visiting on the same day that Harry, Ron, and Hermoine have disguised themselves to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Before your tour can begin, Bellatrix finds you and attacks, soon to be joined by Voldemort. Will you ever escape from the “safest place on Earth”? A hybrid of roller coaster and motion-base ride systems, coupled with 3D filmed scenes and practical effects, Escape from Gringotts features filmed performances from Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Finnes, and Domhnall Gleeson, who reprised their roles as Bellatrix, Voldemort, and Bill Weasley, respectively, for this ride.
Half dark ride, half rollercoaster, Gringotts seems to have a painful time getting some love from the theme park fandom. Too many screens for a dark ride, not enough trills for a rollercoaster they say. Maybe it’s because people compare it to Forbidden Journey and its more, better innovative ride system? I get it, Universal has wayyyyyy to many simulators and this one no expection for just another boring simutlaor that replaced an amazing, original attraction Jaws. Jaws was loved by all and I miss it dearly. But that isn't to say Gringotts is a terrible attraction, because it's not exactly. The first part of Diagon Alley’s flagship attraction is a tour through Gringotts Wizarding Bank, including audio-animatronic goblins that look right at and speak to you. The second part is a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory 3D track-based motion ride with real life scenes mixed with simulator parts ( like Spider-Man, Transformers, and Forbidden Journey) that takes you through a key scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, but from an entirely new perspective and in an entirely new way. Of course there is this massive lobby with many beautiful goblin animatronics, unfortunately a very distasteful switchback queue line lies in the center of the room. The execution is flawless but the marble columns and the enormous chandeliers made of gold truly shine here. The line area that looks a huge dungeon that is far away from the real world is absolutely gorgeous and the vehicles you get in are so perfect and intriguing. In fact they are one of the two best parts of the whole experience. The main ride features a rollercoaster car on a metal track that can go very fast, but changes speed depending on the scene of the story. Not only does it change speed, but the car itself can go backwards, or sideways — it can even spin. On top of that, imagine a track system that moves and changes as you ride it. It can disconnect, drop, rise, or swing onto another track. The actual ride itself is quite impressive, it's an attraction where technology is mastered to perfection to make everything real an anything could happen with a huge thrill factor in the dark. Gringotts is a great example of how to make the most of the transitions between scenes. Wide screens without any tangible scenery. In addition, the attraction manages to create an electric atmosphere on board the train thanks to good accelerations and rotation of vehicles during rollercoaster portions. The excitement of the group of passengers makes this attraction really exhilarating. The thrill factor is high, Universal has tried hard to make this physically tame for the younger Potter fans but still thrilling in terms of the simulated effects. With armored trolls, fire-breathing dragons, a huge drop in the beginning and simulated drops throughout, and Lord Voldemort himself zipping around you every which way with a snake and fire effects, it’s a bit on the over-stimulating, crazy side, especially for the little ones. However, this ride is nowhere near as scary as Forbidden Journey even if this is a roller coaster. Even with all of it's hate and some ok reception, I personally think Gringotts is outstanding. I think, Gringotts is, one of the most accomplished attractions combining fun thrills and solid thematic immersion. 9.5/10
Surprisingly underwhelming. I didn't feel as involved as Forbidden Journey or even The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, it felt like scenes playing out and you move a little.
I'm very tired of Universal's simulators. Even when they make a roller coaster, they end up making a simulator. I have no issue with simulators really at all. I just think the concept of a Gringotts coaster needs to be a bit more than this. I've had 2 bad rides and 1 very good one. I think my biggest issue is that once the ride gets going, it stops. Anyway, the overall experience is possibly a pinnacle of Universal's theming. It's jaw dropping at times. Overall, it's an 8/10. Just wanted more.
To be honest, I was quite disappointed with this attraction. Now, I love most of the Harry Potter films (and I think the books are master pieces of course). My favorite film is Deathly Hallows Part Two and one of the coolest sequences is the Gringgotts roller coaster. When I watched that scene I immediately thought it make an awesome ride. When Universal announced that they're doing a Gringgotts ride I was very excited. And after years of waiting, the result was disappointing. Instead of a high-speed roller coaster through a rocky cavern and some amazing set pieces, it's just a screen pretty much. All this ride is, is going from 3-D screen to 3-D screen. Yeah it has a huge drop in it and a launch but it isn't anything like the film. It's just boring, we've seen this type of stuff before in other Universal rides. So do I hate it? No, of course I don't. The queue is amazing and the effects in the preshow are jaw-dropping. And the ride is fun. Going on the drop for the first time was Hilarious and the 360 screen is amazing.
Entering Diagon Alley is a transformative experience. The shops, restaurants, the magic going on all around you, the shows, everything is perfect. The ride continue that high level of theming and ride experience. The queue, the loading platform, the vehicles and the story are a fun take on a well known scene from the last Potter book.
Awesome ride. Even though it breaks down a lot, it is the most detailed, thrilling, and immersive ride I have ever been on. It is way cooler than any Disney ride I can think of.
Love this ride. The only thing I would add would be to put TV monitors throughout the areas that you wait in line and play the HP movies while you wait.My family and I generally use the single rider lines but every now and then we use the main line to get the full experience. It's just unfortunate, with such the popularity of this ride along with Forbidden Journey, the wait times are so long (note, this is no one's fault, and I don't mean to complain about something no one can fix). Just an idea on how to spend the time whilst waiting in line.
FUN FUN FUN!
Too short, but still an amazing ride. Single Riders at opening is really fast. 9/10
This is an attraction that gets better the more times you ride. There's so much going on, and the sets are so huge and seamless with the screens, that it takes repeat rides to fully appreciate. After my first ride I would have given the ride portion of the attraction an 8. But after a couple of more rides I changed my score to a perfect 10. It's as good as Spiderman, Transformers, and Mummy, but a notch below Forbidden Journey... We ended up riding Gringott's 11 times on our vacation. I've never rode a ride where seat placement changes the attraction so much. Depending on your seat in one of the two cars, your placement in front of, and view of, the screens is often dramatically different. For best thrills sit in the last row of the second car. But my favorite seat for screen viewing was first row far left of the second car. The queue is an A+ with some of the best AA's I have ever experienced.
The queue is one of the best I have ever experienced, the theming is excellent and so it's the pre show. But I was a little disappointed in the ride. I thought it would be faster and I would of preferred less screens and more sets, I was expecting something like mummy. But I still enjoy this ride and I think the sets are great and the thrilling parts are truly thrilling but it should have been more sets and more thrills in my opinion. 7.5/10
Still like Forbidden Journey better but this one is also PERFECT!
We rode it on a Tuesday early in the afternoon, since it was slow period we only had to spend an hour in line. Here I have to give them an outstanding. The staging area had lots of fans, some with misters, and a roof. The line does move quickly but it was a very long line that filled about two thirds of the staging area. Graphics were great and the ride itself, well just as it starting to get really good you hear the remain seated message. If I had it to do all over again I would have used that hour waiting in line to ride The Mummy again.
Almost perfect if not for the breakaway door not always working, not many practical sets, and frequent breakdowns. But other than that, the queue and ride are fantastic.
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Amazing ride! Sometimes it gets a little off track, but still amazing!
Absolutely great queue and excellent theming. But even though the ride was very good; I didn't think it was quite as good as the original Harry Potter:Forbidden Journey. Great ride nonetheless. 9/10
Wish I could give it a better rating, I am "Pooh" sized & there for could not fit :(
Definitely top of the list ride for me!!! I want to go again and again, I love it!
Rode this a few times, the 3D could be clearer and break downs are annoying and make the lines way too slow. Queue is fantastic.