New Details Emerge for Wizarding World Attraction: Forbidden Journey Ride, John Williams’ Involvement, and More

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Mar 25, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

More information has now come online regarding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, which will have its grand opening at Universal Orlando Resort on June 18, 2010. In a press release from Universal, more details about the many elements of the park and its features have been revealed. Adding to our report from early this morning, the release notes:

“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.”

A series of quick facts about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride are also included:

  • 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 Malfoy You may also catch a glimpse of Fred and George Weasley, Ginny Weasley and Neville Longbottom

An accompanying video also on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter site features President of Universal Creative Mark Woodbury speaking to the latest news from the theme park as well. The video can now be viewed here in our Video Galleries.
Readers will recall that, Universal announced the grand opening for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be on June 18th. Those who have purchased one of the advertised packages for May 28 are still promised a “Harry Potter experience,” according to reps from the park. TLC’s full report can be read here.





33 Responses to New Details Emerge for Wizarding World Attraction: Forbidden Journey Ride, John Williams’ Involvement, and More

Avatar ImageWillowEve says: Okay I'm even more excited now! The mirror of Erised and Dumbledore's office just in the line up! Fred George and Neville.... Oh wow!Avatar Imageclintisagain says: Ohhh my god booking booking booking!!!! America here I come woooooow!!!Avatar Imagehermy007 says: oh dang! i need to start saving up cash, now! i can't wait to see this! i'm going to be geeking out the whole time! yeeees! after so much waiting, we finally got the date, june 18!Avatar ImageThio says: What about the Great Hall? Won't there be a Great Hall? I want to see the candles and the ceiling! ...Too soon to begin complaining? lol!!Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Thio I think there is a Great Hall ... I'm pretty sure that I saw a pic of the Enchanted Ceiling some place. Anyhows I am so excited now lol and, I am so happy that John Williams is involved with it. To me he *is* the music of HP. The ride with the total immersion film-making sounds just like something out of Red Dwarf. Oh boy this is the coolest thing ever.Avatar Imagehpdh_fred says: i have never been more exited im buying my universal package tickets today. :) <3 june 18th will be the best day this year. Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: Sounds fantastic but I feel bad for people who won't be able to afford. Very expensive.Avatar ImageThio says: Moose_Starr, I saw that pic as well. But it was the Room of Requirement...Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: WOW!!! It sounds *amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* I'm planning to fly to go there next summer.. if my mum agrees, that is!Avatar Imageleigia says: The ride sounds great. Looking forward to it later this summer.Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: hah, they think the queue and ride will be one hour? No chance! But it looks amazing, I really hope I'll be able to go. And I thought the music sounded a bit too good on the website.Avatar ImageScatach says: Yeah!!!! I cannot wait until June!!!!!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: AWESOME. just not gonna b able 2 b ther. got a GD concert ticket 4 the 19th juneAvatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Mirror of Erised? Very intriguing! I have to save money for LeakyCon!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Based on the description we can safely deduce that this ride should leave no fan disappointed and will truly and authentically replicate our wildest dreams from the movies. I look forward to riding this ride.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: AWESOME!!!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: cant waitAvatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That sounds spectacular! I can't wait to actually go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and take a ride on the Forbidden Journey! So far that ride sounsd brilliant!Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: omgh june 18 day i get outta school i cant wait!!!Avatar ImageSmitch says: Kirk, I dig your thoughtful and articulate comments! :) Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I cannot wait!!! This will be amazing!!!Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: WAAAA! I have to wait, till next July, at Leaky Con 2! Can't afford BOTH trips. Lots of pictures, folks.....PLEEEEESE~Avatar ImageHBPFan says: I'd just love to go.. oh well never stop hoping! I just might make it there one day :)Avatar Imagelilyluna says: what about LUNA??? I wish she is there!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Im excited to go on that rideAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I'm super excited to see all this!! It all sounds too good to be true!Avatar Imagekyraptn says: It sounds awesome!!! My mom won't let me go though. :(Avatar Imagehewy says: Awsome simply awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageIrishgryffinpuffGirl says: I can't Wait! My parents give me the OK to go to the opening if i manage to get tickets has anyone got tickets for opening day yet, tickets to be able to get autographs,etc? where did you guys are buying the tickets? because I'm trying to get the tickets ASAP thanks for the help. this is so excitingAvatar ImageCatherine says: AWESOME! SO CANT WAIT TO GO ONE DAY!!!!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: i graduate high school on june 12 and i plan to go this summer so itll be the perfect graduation present.Avatar ImageFresca says: The portraits on the wall are reallywell executed. This will be a great place to visit! I can hardlywait to visit there and go on that ride!!!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: I'm so glad that John Williams is going to be a part of the WWoHP!

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