More Magic for Universal Orlando’s Forbidden Journey

Mar 24, 2018

Posted by: Kim McChesney

Interactive, News, Tech, Theme Park, Universal Studios Japan, Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood, WIzarding World of Harry Potter Orlando

One of the most popular attractions at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is about to become even more magical. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, which opened in 2010 in the Hogsmeade area of the park, is set to receive some enhancements  to its already spellbinding experience.

The Orlando park is adding upgrades already incorporated into the ride at its sister location in Hollywood, as well as new special effects that were recently added at the Wizarding World Japan earlier this year, including converting their 3D projections to two-dimensional 4K-UHD at 120 frames per second. Universal describes the upgrade from the rider’s perspective:

“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”


The state of the art special effects that the ride is known for, which utilize domed projections of some of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter films, will now include enhanced images and new animation which will immerse the rider even further into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Though these enhancements haven’t been announced officially by Universal and have been made without closing the ride,  Attractions Magazine describes the upcoming changes this way:

“Frequent riders will notice the simulator sequences are now significantly sharper and smoother than before, with less screen flicker and more detailed textures [..and..] better projectors for Hermione (Emma Watson) above the Floo Network fireplace and within Aragog’s forest.”


In addition,

“In the first dome, the dragon breathes fire at you an extra time before you turn into the covered bridge.”

“In the second dome, the Golden Snitch comes closer to you, and there are more Dementors chasing Harry through the stadium.”

“In the final dome, Harry’s Patronus stag is more visible, and you can see the dragon breathing fire atop Hogwarts Castle at the end.”

Whether you’re a Muggle who’s never been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or a seasoned wizard who’s ridden Forbidden Journey a thousand times, it sounds like these magical improvements are worth checking out. Don’t forget a butterbeer for the line!

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.