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5 Things You NEED to Know Before You Ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts

Gringotts Bank

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the centerpiece of the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios Florida. It’s impossible to miss this attraction when you cross through the magical barrier into the Wizarding World, but there are some things you might miss along the way.

Check out these great details and make sure you don't miss a single highlight of the experience.

Note: there are some minor spoilers in this article (which are necessary to provide hints and tips on what to look out for), but nothing that gives away major plot elements.

1. The single rider line can save hours, but at a price

Diagon Alley

When Diagon Alley first opened, the queue for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts exceeded seven hours, making this single attraction an all-day investment. Though the lines have since shortened significantly, the wait still lingers at around two hours even on slow days. This is further complicated by the fact that the brand new ride system is still dealing with some kinks.

Gringotts reportedly has an 18-minute safety reboot which can significantly lengthen your wait time if the attraction experiences technical difficulties while you’re in line. If you don’t have all day to invest in the attraction, the single rider line is a much shorter option. With a posted wait time of about 90 minutes, Team Members quoted the single rider line as just 20 to 25 minutes. Guests can generally expect the line to cut their wait time to about 25% of the standard line. As a single rider, you can stand with your party in the line and pass the time together, but you won’t get to sit side-by-side on the attraction.

The biggest drawback to the single rider line, however, is that you’ll miss a significant portion of the pre-show. Single riders pass by a small opening that looks into the bank lobby, but without actually entering the massive space, some of the details are lost. Single riders also miss the preshow featuring Bill Weasley, skip the photo identification process, and bypass the elevator. In fact, the only thing you do see in the single rider line is a talking portrait of a goblin offering a brief safety spiel and a short video featuring a simulation of the ride’s movement.

2. The roller coaster is only one part of the ride

Gringotts Ride Vehicle

If you don’t opt for the single rider line, you’ll experience more than just the Gringotts roller coaster. The attraction also features a simulated elevator ride that adds a great deal of depth to the story line. The elevator vibrates and features immersive sound and video effects as it plunges you deep into the earth. Just as the Haunted Mansion would seem incomplete without the stretch room, so too can the Gringotts experience feel distinctly lacking without the elevator trip.

3. The regular queue features a photo op

Gringotts Lobby

While most attractions take your photo on the ride, Gringotts offers a creative alternative. After passing through the Gringotts bank lobby, you’re directed to a room where you have your photo taken for a security ID. This identification purportedly grants you access to the vaults. You can check out your photo and purchase a copy of the ID after you exit the ride. Keep in mind that this, too, is only available in the standard queue.

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There are 4 comments.

Nice description of the ride, but disagree about the wait times. I was their during the cold spell the week before Thanksgiving week (on weekdays), and the wait the 1st day I was their was 15 minutes in the middle of the day, 2nd day the line was a bit longer at 25 minutes, so took the single riders line and walked right to the ride without a single person in front of me.

ROFL about the alleged photo op in the line. It's very easy to miss, unless you are searching specifically for it. And when I got the photos later, there we were still against the gray screen in the photo, with no emeblishments at all to make it a "Gringotts ride photo". Of course, Universal's version of Photo Pass was sadly lacking the whole trip.

I just want to add that you can only purchase and view your Gringotts ride picture in the Harry Potter area of the theme park. I was disappointed to find out that I couldnt view the picture at the end of the day by the main gate entrance because of this.

I feel the wait time is incorrect as well. We have been on the ride 2x, most recently last week, and have waited only an hour and the ride broke down during our wait. This ride is awesome and the best so far, totally worth the wait.

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