Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, a dark ride in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. (The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
You're visiting Gringotts Bank to meet with Bill Weasley and tour the underground vaults before, perhaps, 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 brake 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 great ride, but I think FJ has a slight edge due to the physical props vs almost all screen based effects on Gringotts. The queue is worth waiting for this ride alone. - N B
(spoilers below) This is a tough one for me. If we're comparing the 2 Harry Potter rides, Forbidden Journey still wins for the wow factor. Flying with Harry Potter on those kuka arms just blows me away every time. But this? It's a very good ride, yes. Just a very good ride. I love some of the innovations. That first drop is very fun! But it just seemed like a hybrid of rides I've already been on. The story is told well, i think, and is much easier to follow than the robot/destruction porn that is the Transformers ride. The ending seemed abrupt and anticlimactic to me. Voldy doesn't appear very threatening. Bellatrix does most of the spellwork, Voldy burps fire. I actually found his fire breathing face very comical, hehe. The ride broke down twice. I was on it both times. And yes, i was amused because i always hope to break down on FJ and i never do. First time, in the troll scene. Our group of carts must have looked absolutely stonefaced when we returned to the station. They didn't even try to get us to clap, just apologized and allowed us to use the child swap line to re-ride. The second time (same group of people) we got stuck just outside the load station. Maybe 5 minutes or so? Luckily this disruption occured before any show scenes, so everything was synced and looked great. Everything was very well done. I enjoyed the effects (although i believe a water spray effect may have been not functioning?), I enjoyed the coaster parts, but combined both elements just seemed a bit too short. The best use of the 3d was (only my opinion here!) the goblin on the right side running (up/across?) as your ride vehicle passes. He looked like he was actually there with us. I'm not sure I like the hole in the screen exit thing. That's like, breaking the fourth wall. You're supposed to feel like you're in these caverns but all of a sudden there is a hole in them, and that takes you away. I know I seem harsh. I did enjoy the ride very much, and I look forward to experiencing it again. I waited 1.5 hours in the single rider's line. Posted wait time was 4 hours for the standby line. B- EDIT - I have read further and see that the whole in the screen thing is supposed to be obscured by fog. My 2 rides had no fog. I may change my vote if I ride with that working,I'll have to see it. - melissa s
Best queue I have ever been through including Forbidden Journey. The ride itself was awesome with amazing visuals, but if you are looking for a roller coaster this is not your ride. This ride has been described as a mix between The Mummy and Spiderman and I would say that's right except its about 85% Spiderman and 15% Mummy. - Brent Moody
Is it the world's greatest ride? No. Does it capture the magic of the Potterverse while offering a great experience? Absolutely! - Christopher Sturniolo
I give it an 8.5 out of 10. I felt it was a bit too much simulator and too little coaster, but the ride was still beautifully themed (especially the queue) and highly thrilling. Definitely a must ride for all theme park fans. - Quentin Scruggs
Is any ride worth waiting five hours for? The answer in this rides case is a resounding yes. Escape from Gringotts is an absolute must ride for everyone and quite possbily the greatest ride on earth right now. The perfect blend of cutting edge technology and thrill ride gusto, plus the added bonus of a solid story thanks to the amazing queue. 12/10 for Potter fans and 10/10 for everyone else. - Ryan Harris
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