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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

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.


The GOOD: Immersive queue, and a great combination of a dark ride and coaster. This ride has a much more developed narrative and sequence than Forbidden Journey.
The BAD: The ride doesn't have a "Wow," moment. It seems like the use of simulator screens is over-done in a park where the majority of the rides also utilize screens.
RATING: It is a great ride, but not a phenomenal one. The land itself outdoes the attraction alone. 8/10.
Half dark ride, half rollercoaster, Gringotts seems to have a tough time getting some love from the theme park fandom. Too many screens for a dark ride, not enough thrills for a rollercoaster they say. Maybe it’s because people compare it to Forbidden Journey and its better, innovative ride system? I get it, Universal has way to many simulators and this one is no exception for just another simulator that replaced an original attraction with no screens, Jaws. Jaws was loved by all and I do miss it a lot. 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 the Bank, including audio-animatronic goblins that look right at you. The second part is a 3D track-based motion ride with real life scenes mixed with simulator parts (like Spider-Man or Transformers). One of the best parts of the ride is of course the massive lobby with many beautiful goblin animatronics, the execution is flawless. 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 intriguing. 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. I love the variety you go in, you might disconnect, drop, rise, or swing onto another track. The ride itself is just so impressive, it's an attraction where technology is mastered to perfection to make everything real and make it seem like anything could happen. There's just so much to this ride, with armored trolls, fire-breathing dragons, a huge drop in the beginning and simulated drops throughout, Lord Voldemort himself zipping around you every which way, this is quite an experience. Even with all of it's "it's ok" reception, I personally think Gringotts is outstanding. Not quite as good as FJ but still pretty darn good. 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.

The queue is the best part, though I think only Harry Potter fans would appreciate it more than I did.

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.

However, I still wanted more of the roller coaster. I thought this would be a blend of 3-D effects and a roller coaster. I also wish there was more practical effects. The thing I like about practical effects is how real and dangerous it feels. Like the Indiana Jones Adventure in Disneyland. The first time I went on it I thought I was going to die (in a good way). With 3-D you know it's a screen. You know it's safe. With Dinosaur or Revenge of the Mummy it all looks real. Now I'm not saying I don't think 3-D belongs on a ride. When reality and 3-d are blended like in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Even 3-D simulators are fine, but there is a time and place to use it. A ride through Gringgotts is not when it should be used. I give it a 6.8/10

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.
This ride is not a coaster although it has coaster ride elements but they are there to expand the trill of the story. See it as a darkride with coaster like transitions. My mom can't do coasters but she loves this ride.
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.
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 :(
I tried in the test seat & almost fit, a lady that worked out front told me to go ahead in that there shouldn't be a problem, so I got all the way there & still couldn't fit. I'm glad Disney caters more to the "Pooh" people cause Universal was not kind. No Mummy ride, no Hulk ride, no Harry Potter rides (except hippogriff), & no RipRideRocket. What a shame :( Loved the Bank though!
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.

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