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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Review

Of all of Universal's rides, this is the one that really puts you in the movies. The queue leads you through the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, introducing you to the founders of the school and the story of the journey. You'll enter the academy and see the sights you know from the books and films: Headmaster Dumbledore's office, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Gryffindor common room, Room of Requirement, and the greenhouse. You'll also encounter the Sorting Hat, the One-Eyed Witch statue, and several talking portraits. Before you reach the actual ride, heroes Harry, Ron, and Hermione appear to persuade you to skip a lecture and follow them on a soaring journey. Thanks to a combination of live-action, robotic technology and innovative film making, you come face-to-face with a flying dragon and the Whomping Willow before being propelled into the heart of a Quidditch match. You also zip through a dozen scenes and encounter supporting characters Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid, Draco Malfoy, and members of the Weasley family. All in all, a fantastic attraction – especially for fans of the series. Not suitable for those with neck, back, or heart problems. If you're pregnant or suffer from motion sickness, take a pass. For people with disabilities: Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle. Be patient; Express Pass isn't an option here, so relax and enjoy your tour of the school before boarding the ride.

Updated: 04-30-2014

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