Parade Magazine Profile of Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Forbidden Journey Ride


May 28, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

Parade Magazine has an exclusive profile along with a new video online from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando. Available to read right here, the report details much of the history of the development of the sprawling attraction, as well as the many layered details as experienced from inside the attraction. The full report details the full experience of the Forbidden Journey ride at the park, with many details of the setting, premise, and story line of the experience.
In regards to the overall experience of the Wizarding World, Parade notes:

So they asked themselves the question: What makes a killer attraction? The answer: great characters, spectacular action, and magical moments. They assessed all of their Potter fodder through this lens, so soaring alongside Harry while playing Quidditch, the game played on broomsticks, was a must. So was a visit to the scary Forbidden Forest.

After choosing their key scenes, Universal Creative’s team”which included Steve Kloves, the films’ screenwriter”drew hundreds of storyboards covering every detail of the Forbidden Journey. They next built a “white model’ a mini Styrofoam-like set that lets creators manipulate a ride as easily as kids playing with LEGOs. Located in a back-lot studio at Universal Orlando, the white model is set on waist-high platforms with a path cut in the base”big enough for designers to poke their heads through and inch along. “This gives you the best sense of what it’s like to be in the ride before it’s made’ says Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. The ride was then simulated in a computer program and fine-tuned. Construction began in late 2007 and will continue right through the opening of The Wizarding World next month.

A video walkthrough of the park can be found via this link, or below:

On a related note, also has its Ultimate Harry Potter Quiz online, which asks questions on three different levels, based on knowledge and ability. This quiz may be taken via this link.
Many thanks to Parade Magazine!

22 Responses to Parade Magazine Profile of Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Forbidden Journey Ride

Avatar Imageigo2pigfarts says: thats cool cant wait!!! <3 1st!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: That is really awesome!!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: omg> got goose bumps wachin this.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Awesomeness!!!Avatar Image9em says: Amazing!!!!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That looks amazing! I can't wait till it actually opens!!!!Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Amazing!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I will be there next month...Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: I was there this morning and have tried twice to email Leaky like you requested, once through the link in the article - and apparently that email is not working. Is there a way I can get this message through? I have a funny picture I want to share!Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: Oh I should clarify - I was not IN Hogsmeade, just wanting to get in lol!Avatar Imagewordsthatrhyme says: So, is the Forbidden Journey ride a roller coaster?... I'm kind of terrified of them, but I'd really like to see what it's about.Avatar ImageLittle Light says: I think my heart just stopped. O.OAvatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Sweet! I can't wait to walk around pretending to be a hogwarts student. Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: awesomeAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: coolAvatar Imagehewy says: Going soon, very soon!!!!Avatar ImageGlacius says: I want to go to it but is so far away from the Netherlands :(Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: Wordsthatrhyme, I've heard that the Forbidden Journey is not really a roller coaster, and it kept stalling. Yeah, the dragon ride sounds much more terrifying, and John Noe kept saying last night on Pottercast to NOT drink butterbeer before getting on it! :D Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: They certainly did do a wonderful job in designing the park and I cannot wait for it to open next month.Avatar ImageJackMeggers says: I cant wait!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: love the quizAvatar ImageWeenyOwl says: The quiz won't advance beyond Question #1 for me. : (

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