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A Peek Inside Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts

by Leap on June 24, 2014
6 Orlando

With the official opening of The Wizarding World of  Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™ set for July 8, we wanted to take you deep inside the vault of Gringotts Bank, where so few muggles have gone before to give you a little preview of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™ . While the approach and queue of Escape from Gringotts are quite intimidating, the ride itself is overall less treacherous than Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™. The Universal Orlando® Resort billed it as a "family ride," and with a lower height requirement (42 inches) than the Forbidden Journey, it will indeed reach a broader group of potential riders -- if they dare. While the sheer thrills are not as scary as Forbidden Journey, the story elements are every bit as chilling as the headliner in Hogsmeade and maybe even more so.

What's Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Before you even enter the bank, and indeed when you enter Diagon Alley, you cannot miss the Ukranian Ironbelly dragon sitting atop the bank, just waiting to strike. Guards are stationed outside of the bank, ever vigilant to thieves.

Escape from GringottsYou enter the bank from the right side (you'll find lockers there too, and yes, you will need to stow your loose items). While guests have the option of a single ride line, those who opt for it will miss the lobby and the pre-shows.

Inside, the lobby is every bit as opulent as you would expect.

Escape from GringottsThe very life-like goblins are hard at work counting their Gringotts gold.

Escape from GringottsOccasionally they do look up from their work, and I am sure I am not the only one who will find the experience of making eye contact with a goblin quite unnerving!

Escape from Gringotts

As part of your tour of the bank, you will be shepherded past the lobby and into a long hallway that holds the goblins' offices. You'll be photographed, ID'd if you will, for your upcoming tour through the vault, and you'll be able to purchase the photo at ride's end. You'll also find animated copies of the Daily Prophet proclaiming Harry Potter the no. 1 undesirable.

Escape from Gringotts

Speaking of Potter, you'll catch silhouettes of him, Ron and Hermione plotting their plan to steal one of Voldemort's Horcruxes from behind one of those closed doors.

Escape from Gringotts

After the walk down the hallway you enter Bill Weasley's office, where with the help of a goblin, you will learn the rules of the tour.

Escape from Gringotts

After that it's a relatively quick -- if a bit bumpy -- "elevator ride" 9 miles down to the vault. You'll pick up your 3-D glasses here, and a short walk up a set of circular stairs brings you into the catacombs where you'll enter your vault car and begin the tour.

Escape from GringottsThe ride car seats 12 with four to a row and is quite comfortable, although you do sit fairly far back in your seat. A lap bar comes down, and there are also harnesses for your legs -- you're even more secure than the Gringotts gold!

Escape from Gringotts

Of course, things go wrong, and you'll find yourself in the midst of Death Eater Bellatrix LeStrange! Spoiler alert: You'll also encounter the biggest thrill of this ride -- a steep but short drop and quick turn that will put you face to face with Harry, Ron and Hermione as they pass through the security waterfall.

Similar to Forbidden Journey and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, the story unfolds on the 3D projection screen with you experiencing the action from your vault car, with plenty of twists, turns and spins. Fans of the series will appreciate Universal's adaptation of this part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." And while you will face He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, fear not, good will triumph in the end!

Universal has succeeded in creating a thrill ride that manages to add intrigue every step of the way. The theming is second to none, and the suspense is palpable throughout the entire experience. Pure Potter fans are likely to enjoy it more than Forbidden Journey, while strict thrill seekers are likely to prefer Forbidden Journey. Either way, this is one ride you are going to want to experience over and over, and we cannot wait until it officially opens!

Related: What's Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

Related: What We're Most Excited About Inside Diagon Alley

Hoppy planning!






Keep hopping, Leap!
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Mar 5, 2018 at 5:10 a.m.
Jeanna Says...

Was so excited to ride the Harry Potter rides today until we come to realize we couldn’t fit on them. So disappointed in Universal for being so sizist. Never had his problem at Disney.

Mar 23, 2016 at 12:14 a.m.
Lisa Says...

My kids loved the Michigan long drop fast dune rides a few years ago! that I though was fast & scary-lol

Now they are almost 5 year old & 7 year old and tall enough do you think it's ok for that young of kids to go? So excited

Mar 28, 2016 at 10:42 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Your 5-year-old might find Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts scary. It's pretty intense, but he or she will probably also love it.

Keep hopping!


Feb 1, 2015 at 1:27 a.m.
Kim Says...

Does this ride caution for motion sickness? I got sooo sick on the Forbidden Journey ride! And is there just a walk-around you can do if you don't want to ride, so you can see some of the inside? Thanks.

Feb 2, 2015 at 7:15 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

I am uncertain about the walk around, but there are employees at the entrance and you could certainly ask. Of course, everyone is different, but there is much less of a chance for motion sickness on this ride as compared to Forbidden Journey.

Keep hopping!


Sep 15, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.
nicola whittaker Says...

looks fangtastic..


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