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A new report claims that Universal's Harry Potter and the Forbidden attraction will have a 4 minute duration when it opens at Islands of Adventure.

The ride, which is set to open on June 18, will be the headline attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal has previously said that the full ride experience, including the elaborate queue will last for "about an hour". Now, the Orlando Attractions Magazine quotes Lisa Oppenheimer of the AAA Car & Travel magazine as saying the duration of the ride itself will be around 4 minutes.

Universal has kept details of the ride close to its chest, although it is known that guests will ride "enchanted benches" as they fly through an adventure with Potter and his friends. The company has not confirmed the details in the AAA article, with 4 minutes being a plausible ride duration but shorter than comparable rides such as Islands of Adventure's The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman.

Oppenheimer describes Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as a cross between the Spiderman attraction and Disney's Soarin' (which simulates a flight over California). However, this would be an easy comparison to draw given the information released to date - a summary of which can be found in TPT's recent article.

Meanwhile, Universal has released another teaser video for the Wizarding World, this time featuring several of the makers of the Potter movies discussing the area. The video, embedded below, also features several of the locations featured in the $200 million addition to Universal Orlando.


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