Fodor's Expert Review Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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Of all of Universal's rides, this is the one that really puts you in the movies. In the queue you enter the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, where you are introduced to the founders of the school and the story of the journey. Inside 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, as well as several talking portraits. Keep in mind, so far all of this has just been the preshow. Before you reach the actual ride, heroes Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive and try to persuade you to skip a lecture and follow them on a soaring journey—and so you go. Thanks to a combination of live-action, robotic technology and innovative filmmaking, your broomstick flight brings you face-to-face with a flying dragon and the Whomping Willow before being propelled into the heart of a... READ MORE

Of all of Universal's rides, this is the one that really puts you in the movies. In the queue you enter the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, where you are introduced to the founders of the school and the story of the journey. Inside 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, as well as several talking portraits. Keep in mind, so far all of this has just been the preshow. Before you reach the actual ride, heroes Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive and try to persuade you to skip a lecture and follow them on a soaring journey—and so you go. Thanks to a combination of live-action, robotic technology and innovative filmmaking, 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 who may feel like they've been written into the script of a Harry Potter blockbuster. 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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Universal Orlando Resort, Florida  32819, USA

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Rate Includes: 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.

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