Saturday, May 29, 2010

Possible Early Review of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

One of our listeners wrote in to say that he had a chance to ride "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Friday morning.

While we have no reason to doubt him at all, we'll have to take all reports with a grain of salt until the attraction is officially open to all on June 18th.

However, here's what he had to say about the ride. Whether you believe it or not is up to you!

"Went down to IOA on May 28th and got on the morning tour to the Wizarding World!

Got in there at 8 and they said they would have the Forbidden Journey at 9, which they did! And it was one amazing ride!

The queue was incredibly detailed and realistic to the movies, which I am sure everyone has seen in the Ellen and HP stars' videos!

The ride itself is so amazing! Blends on screen footage which real sets! Pretty much like a hardcore Spiderman! Really effective!

Story is a bit weak. What I got was that we are invited to a class in the Great Hall to hear a lecture on the history of Hogwarts! When Harry, Ron and Hermione appear and invite us to ride an ENCHANTED BENCH (how magical is that!) to a quidditch match. On the way you get, attacked by a dragon and thrown off by dementors that put you in the dark woods! From there, Harry Potter is there and flies you to Great Hall, where everyone is there clapping and applauding for your bravery! And that was pretty much it!

The ride was okay, kinda like a cross between Soarin'/Star Tours/Peter Pan.

There were quite a lot of adults who opted out the ride! As I got on the ride, the child swap room was full with middle aged women and big guys! It really isn't that intense! Doesn't go upside down at all!

Watch out for the seats though, a friend I went with who really isn't all that big, couldn't ride! The overhead lap bar has to click down three times, which I think even for the regular sized guest was secured tightly!

Just a quick note, Universal really is bad at hiding the HUGE show building behind Hogwarts! Kinda ruined it for me! Same with the Forbidden Journey, if you look down at any part in the ride you see all the KUKA Robo arms and the concrete floor!

By the way, Olivanders is the best shop any theme park! The preshow where the guy tried to find a wand for someone is amazing! Dont miss it!"

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