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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade

Dark ride

Opening Date:
Jun 18, 2010

Universal Creative

KUKA robo-arm dark ride

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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Reviews of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey:

Great ride
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Friday, February 09, 2018 17:09

This is a really fun experience and a fun ride! although i do believe they should re-edit the video to a higher resolution for better and cleaner picture, the technology is there and i think it would just add more spark to this ride!

Holy Cow This Is Amazing
Submitted by mattaborne
on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 17:28

I had no clue what to expect when I first rode this ride in 2011. As I big Harry Potter Fan, I had high expectations and those expectations were exceeded on this ride. The queue is amazing. It fells like you're actually walking through the Hogwarts Castle. Then, you board the claw of a robotic arm(which you cant see, of course) and fly off into an amazing adventure with all of your favorite Harry Potter Characters. My only complaint is that the story line is very hard to comprehend because of the noise while going through the queue but either way, this is the best dark ride I have ridden on. Beats out Dinosaur and Tower of Terror. 10/10

Truly Amazing
Submitted by SparklinDiamond
on Monday, October 21, 2013 21:40

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!

Great adventure
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Monday, September 16, 2013 19:46

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!

Hogwarts is amazing!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Friday, September 13, 2013 20:12

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.

Potterheads hyperventilate
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Sunday, September 01, 2013 14:11

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)


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