I previously reviewed what would be in the park here. Pictures and video can be seen at the Inside the Magic web site.
The Press release after the Jump.
Universal Orlando Also Unveils Details for the Highly Anticipated New Attraction:
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 25, 2010) – One of the most widely anticipated
theme park entertainment experiences ever created – The Wizarding World
of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort – is set for a public grand
opening on June 18.
Today, Universal Orlando Resort also revealed details about what is
expected to be one the most exciting theme park experiences ever
created: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. It will be one of
three themed attractions within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,
including Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the heart of The Wizarding
World of Harry Potter. This all new adventure combines a powerful
storyline with spectacular new technology so effectively that guests
will be completely immersed in the experience.
And as they live their adventure, guests will feel things no one has
ever felt inside a theme park attraction, move in ways no one has ever
moved, experience film like no one else ever has, explore vast sets
punctuated by amazing special effects – and have an adventure only
possible in Harry Potter’s world.
The new attraction lies deep within Hogwarts castle, a majestic
structure that towers over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – the
only place in the world where the wonder, excitement and adventure of
the Harry Potter books and films comes to life.
…meeting Harry, Ron and Hermione as if they were in person
…soaring over Hogwarts castle with Harry
…being swept into a Quidditch match
…feeling the chilling effect of a Dementor
…exploring your favorite places inside Hogwarts castle
…living adventures you’ve only been able to imagine – until now.
HARRY POTTER AND THE FORBIDDEN JOURNEY
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement
and chaos of Harry’s life. As you venture through Hogwarts castle, you
meet Harry, Ron and Hermione who convince you to skip a planned lecture
and follow them. Upon taking their advice, you travel by Floo powder,
and begin the adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a
dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get
pulled into a Quidditch match and more.
“Guests will experience firsthand a completely new adventure
featuring the iconic characters, amazing creatures and recognizable
locations they’ve only read in the books or seen in the films,” said
Thierry Coup, creative director for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey experience starts as soon as
you walk through the gates of Hogwarts. Within the towering Hogwarts
castle, you explore a truly magical place. You journey through iconic
locations taken from the films and take in the extraordinary detail of
each scene. They include:
- Dumbledore’s office: Here, you meet the Headmaster as he welcomes you to Hogwarts
- Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom: Where you first meet Harry, Ron and Hermione
- Gryffindor common room: You meet three additional characters who prepare you for your journey
- Room of Requirement: Here, with hundreds of floating candles above,
you take your seat on an enchanted bench and begin the Forbidden Journey
- Other locations: In addition, guests will pass through the Dungeon
passageway and hallways of Hogwarts where they will have the chance to
see hundreds of wizard portraits from the films, including several
magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World
of Harry Potter, including the four founders of Hogwarts. Guests will
even get a glimpse of the Sorting Hat.
This is more than just an attraction and it is unlike any theme park
experience ever created. It’s a revolutionary, 360-degree theme park
experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic
technology and innovative filmmaking – specially designed and developed
for this brand-new adventure.
“We have created an entirely new way to place our guests into the
heart of one of the most compelling stories of our time,” said Mark
Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “What we have done will
forever change the theme park attraction experience.”
The attraction’s newly created ride system envelops guests in filmed
action scenes and moves those scenes with them as they travel through
the ride, allowing more time in the center of the adventure and with
their favorite characters. This fusion of robotic technology and filmed
scenes has never been achieved until now. In some cases, technology had
to be invented to achieve the highest level of guest experience. The
combination of pioneering, state-of-the-art technology, innovative
filmmaking and surprises around every corner make this attraction the
embodiment of the Harry Potter book and film series—and the future of
theme park entertainment.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Quick Facts
- Storyline: As you venture through Hogwarts, you meet Harry, Ron and
Hermione, who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them.
Upon taking their advice you travel by Floo powder, and begin your
adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack,
have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a
Quidditch match and more.
- First-ever combination of advanced robotic ride system technology with innovative, immersive filmmaking
- Award-winning composer John Williams oversaw the creation of the attraction’s score
- The queue includes the following Harry Potter book and film
elements: Headmaster Dumbledore’s office, Defence Against the Dark Arts
classroom, Gryffindor common room, Room of Requirement, and the
greenhouse; talking portraits including the Fat Lady and the
never-before-seen four founders: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin,
Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw; the Sorting Hat, the One-Eyed
Witch statue and the Mirror of Erised
- Duration of ride: The full attraction experience, including the queue, takes about an hour
- Number of scenes in the attraction: 12
- Characters (featuring Harry Potter film talent): Harry Potter, Ron
Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid and Draco
- You may also catch a glimpse of Fred and George Weasley, Ginny Weasley and Neville Longbottom