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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios FloridaSubmitted by Nick Sim on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 08:40
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
The headline attraction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is a major roller coaster themed around Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Harry's first encounter with the bank is an innocent descent in its mine-cart-style conveyance in the first film; by the last, the out-of-control race through the vaults was accompanied by loops, waterfalls, and captive dragons - perfect material for a theme park ride.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank sits at the end of Diagon Alley, and is the icon of the new land. A huge, fire-breathing dragon sits on top of the building, while inside a staggeringly-detailed queue keeps guests entertained during what can often be a very long wait to experience the attraction.
We won't give away too much about the ride's plotline, but suffice it to say it features a host of well-known characters from the books and movies, some stunning set-pieces and a breathtaking finale.
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If you thought Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was amazing, then hold onto your seats for another fast paced, mind boggling ride. This time you are on a tour of Gringotts Bank with Griphook and Bill Weasley, when you stumble across Harry, Ron and Hermione trying to escape Voldemort and Bellatrix LeStrange's clutches. As you end up getting caught up in all the action, the trip turns into a little bit of unexpected mayhem with sharp turns, high drops and fast racing scenes. The 3D Makes the whole thing even more believable and the sets and scenes are amazingly produced. I also like the pre shows and sections of queue that lead you up to the main attraction, there are lots of things Harry Potter fans will love. The goblins in the main area of the bank move and even catch eye contact with you and makes great photos. There is also a kind of "mini ride" in the form of an elevator (simulator type ride), which apparently transports you to the loading bay for your mine cart. This attraction is one you will want to experience over and over, and let me tell you this...the experience is different wherever you sit, from the front to the back it feels quite unique every time.