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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
Restrictions and access
42 inches; loose articles must be stowed in the lockers on the outside of Gringotts Wizarding Bank; no Express Pass access, but a single-rider line may be available. Please note that strollers are not allowed inside Gringotts Bank, and there currently is no “tour only” line with quicker access through the queue.
Two sentence insider summary
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 (think of the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man or Transformers: The Ride 3D) 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.
3 out of 5. 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, and Lord Voldemort himself all zipping around you every which way, it’s a bit on the over-stimulating side, especially for the little ones. Please note that the tour through Gringotts won’t be scary at all.
OI fun fact
Universal Creative and Warner Bros. were already planning out this ride before the first Wizarding World was even completed.
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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – real guest reviews
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It's a fun ride, but it could have been much more exciting if you look at what the Gringotts carts do in the movie. Given that, the theming of it is amazing. The queue is fantastic. It's immersive and great for any Potter fan to check out. I think last we went, we rode it at least like 6 times over a 4 day trip.
For starters, I am a HUGE Harry Potter nerd! To me, the whole area of Diagon Alley was insane. I loved every single detail. However, the Gringotts ride was a bit of a let down. The queue area was beautiful. We had early admission, and had to wait in line for around twenty minutes. Not too bad all in all. However, the ride itself was just too short. There was too much pausing in front of screens, none of the "oohs and ahhs" that you get while riding Forbidden Journey. The only part that was "thrilling" was the brief drop that the cart encounters. Overall, I enjoyed the ride. My vacation would not have been complete without riding it. However, I would not wait more than 30-45 minutes to do it another time around.
Diagon Alley is amazing and worth a visit as is the ride on the Hogwarts express. However, the Escape from Gringots ride is not worth more than a 10 minute wait. Sadly, we wasted over an hour for a ride that was surprisingly short and anticlimactic.
The ride is described as a "high speed roller coaster" but it is nothing more than a Spider Man/transformers 3D, clone with the exception of one point where you do a rapid, albeit, short acceleration to about 25mph (sooooo "high speed").it's just another car on a track with 3D screen except it's really short and nothing interesting, scary, or fun happens. What's worse is, I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter books and films and was really looking forward to this ride. I was expecting a wild crazy mine cart ride as depicted in the books and final film. This ride was such a let down and I know I am not on my own. Upon boarding and disembarking of the ride, all the faces of those who were on seemed bored or unimpressed or both. A big let down. Again..not worth investing your time waiting in line unless it's less than a 10 minute wait.
Really cool going through Gringots. The ride is cool too. its awesome that they used all the actors in the movies to make the experience so realistic. But i'd rate it less than Forbidden Journey which was awesome....
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