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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Restrictions and access
Ride: 48 inches; loose articles must be stowed in the free lockers inside Hogwarts Castle; Express Pass access and single-rider line. Please note that strollers are not allowed inside Hogwarts Castle.

Two-sentence insider summary
The first part of Hogsmeade’s signature attraction is a tour of Hogwarts Castle’s most iconic rooms, including Dumbledore’s office and the Defense against the Dark Arts classroom. The second part of the attraction is a revolutionary flight-simulator ride that is something like a cross between Disney’s Soarin’ and Islands of Adventure’s The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (although this comparison hardly does Forbidden Journey justice) – if you think you can tolerate it, this ride is an absolute must!

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the heart of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, the most spectacularly themed environment ever created that brings the world of Harry Potter to life. This new adventure combines a powerful storyline with spectacular new technology so effectively that guests are completely immersed in the experience. Film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and others shot an exclusive piece of film just for the ride. Guests can experience Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando ResortHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Fear factor
5 out of 5. Close encounters with over-sized spiders and Dementors, and the unique ride motion, can make the ride as scary as it is amazing.



What you wish you knew before you experienced it
You do not go completely upside down, but you go about every other direction you can think of. If you are prone to motion sickness, you may want to do some research online to see how other riders have coped with Forbidden Journey.

OI fun fact
When originally designed, this ride had a lot more Dementors, such as the ones painted on the walls in UV paint that were originally going to be activated by the ride vehicles. Creator JK Rowling and Warner Bros. deemed this was too scary, so the Dementors remain dormant on the walls to this day.

Insider secrets
This page presents a summary and guest reviews of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. To learn insider secrets about this ride when you’re done with this page, be sure to visit our Forbidden Journey: Ultimate unofficial guide and The best way to experience Forbidden Journey pages, which are part of our Insider’s guide to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – real guest reviews

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 57 reviews
My favorite Sim-ride ever!
Date Of Last Visit: March 2016

I first rode this in 2011, and as both a thrill-seeker and Potterhead, this was quite an experience. The queue is beautiful, and the ride itself is awesome.

forbidden journey
Date Of Last Visit: 7/13

ok, not a big harry potter fan, haven't seen the movies,the ride swings up and down through different rooms, the castle and walk thru before the ride to me is better than the ride, love the area and the shops, it's like you are separated from the rest of the park

Truly Magical
Date Of Last Visit: 7-12-14

One of the best rides ever created, the Forbidden Journey is a truly unforgettable experience. Everything from the ride cue to when you first sit down is incredible. The ride system is not one used by many other big name theme park operators, making it truly unique. This ride manages to deliver an experience that everyone can enjoy, especially anyone who enjoys Harry Potter. Even if you aren't a Harry Potter fan, this ride is definitely a must see, as it's truly one of the greatest theme park rides ever crafted.

best ride EVER!!
Date Of Last Visit: July 2013

If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. This is my absolute favorite ride at IOA...wish we could use the fast passes but it's TOTALLY worth the wait. Even if you aren't a big Harry Potter fan (whicbi am a huge nerd when it comes to HP) you must ride this ride!

Date Of Last Visit: 02/22/2014

There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said. The special effects are impeccable and the detail is amazing. Basically, this ride is a must (for all the reasons stated below and more!!!). I think I rode this thing 13 times... and probably could have gone 13 more HAHA!

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