Enhanced Effects Coming to ‘Forbidden Journey’ Ride at Universal Studios Japan

Jan 18, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock


Whilst Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is already a state-of-the-art immersive ride, Universal Studios Japan has plans to update the ride with brand new technology by March 16th, 2018!

The newly improved ride will immerse guests even further into the story by introducing more powerful special effects. When faced with a dragon, riders will see the creature breathe fire so hot it’ll make guests feel as if they are coming face to face with a Hungarian Horntail.” Riders will also feel a chill in the air when  Dementors swoop in – thankfully they haven’t managed to incorporate the full effect of a Dementor attack!

dragon ride

The park will also follow in the footsteps of Universal Studios Hollywood, adding to the Forbidden Journey experience by replacing the 3D element of the ride with enhanced 4k-HD ride film projecting at 120 frames-per-second, offering an “ultra-realistic” view of the projections of characters, creatures and scenes throughout the ride. Universal says in their press release:

“Doubling the frame rate from 60 frames per second to 120 frames-per-second will allow for an even more immersive glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. This progressive enhancement replaces the earlier 3D film component of the ride to create a seamless integration between the ride’s elaborate sets and its spellbinding media”


In other Wizarding World of Harry Potter news, we also recently reported that, beginning January 31, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts light projection show will come to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, premiering at A Celebration of Harry Potter next week, along with exclusive merchandise. Universal Studios Japan will also be introducing a new show this year, the Universal Spectacle Night Parade – Best of Hollywoodwhich will incorporate music from the Harry Potter films and live performances.

Will you be visiting Universal Studios Japan’s newly updated Forbidden Journey ride in March? How about A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando next week? Be sure to let us know – we’d love to hear your experiences!

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