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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of AdventureSubmitted by Brian Krosnick on Friday, June 08, 2012 12:58
The reinvention of the dark ride began here. Located in the depths of Hogwarts Castle, this mile-a-minute, out-of-control sensory dark ride pits riders against the dark forces of Harry's world as familiar characters appear to help. It's a world class thrill ride and dark ride in one.
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Reader reviews of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
What can I possibly say about Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Regardless of the fact that I am a Harry Potter fan myself, this ride is truly amazing. It all starts as you stare up to the life size version of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that stands before you. A place to take lots of photographs. As you enter the queue, you realise that this is no ordinary queue. The whole queue is probably the longest I have seen and is all Harry Potter themed, practically like you are walking through the real castle. You start downstairs where you put your items in a 'magical' locker. You swiftly move onto the greenhouses where herbology lessons would take place. You wander through the corridors to find Dumbledore's office, the mirror of erised, potions classroom, the fat lady and of course the sorting hat. Without giving too much away you encounter lots of talking portraits who you may listen on their conversation, see extremely realistic holograms of the characters and have a little magic sprinkled upon your head if you stand in the classroom long enough. And this is all before you have even got on the ride. The ride vehicle itself is something unique, the vehicles are in rows and you get on to it via a moving walkway. The bars come down and then you sweep off into the air. Again, I won't give too much away but what you see, hear and feel is very amazing, all Harry Potter fans will recognise the characters and creatures you will encounter. It is a ride like no other and must be experienced before you can truly understand how great it is!
Being on this ride puts you right in the middle of the story. At every instance you are engaged with something going on. Our youngest closed her eyes through the entire ride twice before riding it a third time and realizing what she was missing. This is a great family ride, the wait leading up to the ride is well worth the wait, it puts you into a Harry Potter state, helping keep your mind open to the ride itself. We didn't experience any motion sickness of any kind, only adrenaline and excitement!
I was very concerned this ride would make me sick - as these kinds of rides tend to do. As such, my husband rode it first and by himself. He was BEYOND excited when exiting the ride. He loved every moment of it. Universal is KING at combining queue lines with the ambiance of the ride itself - and they did NOT disappoint in this instance. We went at a rather slow period and felt rushed through the amazing movies and photos of Hogwarts Castle. It was okay - we left anyone behind go ahead of us. We didn't want to miss a moment. The ride itself is amazing - combining what feels like an actual roller coaster ride with 3D effects and wizarding battles. In truth, I had to close my eyes a few times to keep the motion sickness at bay, but I loved this ride. DO IT - you'll be glad you did.
Amazing ride. If you know your theme parks you know this is what Universal does best - they have taken the best technologies from rides like Spiderman and Transformers (though ok, latter came after forbidden journey) and meshed it with... well go try it yourself. Even the experience before you get on is amazing. Hang on tight, don't cry from joy too much (you will miss details), have fun! (Seats 4)