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Universal Orlando Sights

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

  • Amusement Park/Water Park
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/17/2015

Fodor's 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 to introduce you to the founders of the school and the story of the journey. Entering the academy, you'll 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, your broomstick flight brings you 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.

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Sight Information


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Florida, 32819, United States

Sight Details:

  • Duration: 50–60 mins. Crowds: Yes! Audience: All but Small Kids. Height requirements: 48 inches minimum, 6 feet 3 inches maximum Weight requirement: less than 250 pounds.

Updated 04/17/2015


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