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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is an attraction at Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida, United States. It is the signature ride of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area of the theme park, and takes riders through scenes and environments in and around Hogwarts Castle from the various books and films of the Harry Potter series. Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, described the ride as an in-depth look at the world of Harry Potter, which utilizes never before seen technology which transforms "the theme park experience as you know it".[3] It opened with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section on June 18, 2010.[4]

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey utilizes KUKA robocoaster technology, which allows the seats to pivot while being held above the track by a robotic arm. However, the ride is not a roller coaster but a scenic dark ride. The experience includes flying around Hogwarts castle, encountering the Whomping Willow and a horde of Dementors, and being caught in a Quidditch match. The ride performs such movements as dropping, spinning around, twisting and turning. The ride does not ever go upside down, though there are a few moments when riders are flat on their backs. Over-the-shoulder bars are used to secure guests in their seats. At the conclusion of the ride, guests exit into the "Filch`s Emporium of Confiscated Goods" gift shop.[3][5] Universal Express Plus is not available for this attraction at this time,[6] but it does offer a Single Rider line.
Queue Area
Entrance to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure, United States.

To enter the ride, guests walk through the gates of Hogwarts and begin their journey in the dungeons where they see familiar items from both the movies and books. First they enter through the Castle doors and go to the lockers. Riders will then queue up out side in the green house and then enter the back castle doors. Fans will recognize the Mirror of Erised, the Hogwarts House Jewels, talking portraits and, as they proceed throughout the hallways, encounter various recreations of the rooms of Hogwarts castle, including the Headmaster`s office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom and the Gryffindor common room. In the Headmaster`s room, Professor Dumbledore extends a warm welcome to all Muggles, informing them that Professor Binns is hosting a lecture on the history of the school. Visitors move on, to the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom where Harry, Ron, and Hermione appear from under the Invisibility Cloak, urging guests instead to meet them in the Room of Requirement in order to sneak everyone down to a Quidditch match. Ron tries to perform a magic trick which goes wrong, resulting in one of several special effects to occur, such as snow falling down on visitors. Before continuing on, visitors receive a safety reminder from the Sorting Hat, and several paintings in the next two rooms.[7]

Next, riders board a "enchanted bench", which lifts off the ground to take them on a journey with Harry. The ride combines real sets and audio animatronics with segments that utilize wrap-around projection screens.[7][8]

The ride begins with a dousing of Floo Powder from Hermione, and the enchanted bench flies off to the Astronomy Tower. The guests then come out in a set of the observatory, where they look out at a replica of the entire castle. As the guests fly out of the observatory, the ride switches back to a projection screen and they follow Harry Potter and Ron Weasley to a Quidditch match. Hagrid`s new pet Hungarian Horntail Dragon begins to chase the riders. The riders fly into a set of a collapsing bridge and encounter an audio-animatronic dragon, which breathes false fire at them.[8]

The riders descend into a set of the Forbidden Forest, where they encounter a figure of the largest spider, Aragog, which spits fake venom (water), at them. As Hermione attempts the help the riders turn back to the castle (encountering many spiders on the way), they encounter an audio-animatronic Whomping Willow which swipes at them, knocking them into the Quidditch pitch. The ride once again returns to a projection screen as the riders become caught up in Harry`s and Ron`s game of Quidditch. As Dementors begin to arrive at the Quidditch pitch, Harry leads the riders away, but their bench falls into the long- abandoned Chamber of Secrets. The riders return to a real set as the Dementors pop out at them and chase them. The skeleton of the long-deceased Basilisk (killed near the climax of Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets) lies on the floor of the Chamber, and expels Lord Voldemort`s Dark Mark into the air as the benches are drawn into the mouth of Salazar Slytherin`s statue.[8]

Many Dementors emerge from the darkness; one descends and attempts to suck out the rider`s souls. This effect is achieved by projecting the rider`s faces onto a cloud of fog in front of the Dementor. Harry causes the Dementors to flee by using the protective Patronus charm.[8]

The riders are thrust back into the final video dome segment, where the Chamber of Secrets begins to cave in. They fly over the Black Lake, back to Hogwarts, where they are cheered on by a series of on-screen characters from the movies. Professor Dumbledore sends everyone back through the Floo Network to the Room of Requirement, where they exit their bench.[8]

While everyone is able to walk through the queue line, all riders must be at least 48" tall. While there is no posted weight limit, riders can test whether the attraction accommodates their size by using test seats at the queue entrance and again at the end of the queue. If passengers are unable to secure the ride`s over-the-shoulder harness, they are not allowed to go on the ride but can still walk through the ride queue.[9] The seats at the beginning and end of the queue are equipped with red, yellow, and green lights that indicate whether or not the rider can be accommodated. Persons requiring modified seating on other rides may have difficulty closing the harness.[10]

In attempt to alleviate this problem, Universal has modified the restraint system on some of the seats to accommodate larger guests. These modifications will not affect the actual size of the seat nor will they provide a dangerous situation for other smaller guests. Guests who receive a yellow light on the test seats may sit in modified seating.[11][12][13]

In January 2007, rumours arose about the possibility of a Harry Potter themed island at Universal`s Islands of Adventure theme park.[14] This was followed by further rumours that part of the project was codenamed "Strong Arm" in reference to the KUKA robotic arm technology it would utilize.[15][16] On May 31, 2007, seven weeks before the release of the seventh and final Potter book, Universal (in partnership with Warner Bros.) officially announced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.[17][18][19] Construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey began in February 2008.[20] Construction concluded in the first half of 2010. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey began soft openings starting on June 1, 2010.[21] The ride officially opened to the public on June 18, 2010.[1][22]
Ride Mechanics
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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey utilises KUKA robotic arm technology.[2] The technology is already being used for other theme park attractions in stationary form (where it is bolted to the ground) and on a much smaller scale.[23] The revolutionary part of this ride is that the robotic arm is mounted on a track.[2][24][25][26][27] The downside to this intricate machinery is that if the ride breaks down, some guests are left stuck in an uncomfortable position, such as being tilted backwards in dark enclosed spaces.[28]
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) in a scene from the ride-film of the attraction.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey features many of the main characters of the film series including:[29]

* Harry Potter as portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe
* Ron Weasley as portrayed by Rupert Grint
* Hermione Granger as portrayed by Emma Watson
* Albus Dumbledore as portrayed by Michael Gambon
* Rubeus Hagrid as portrayed by Robbie Coltraine
* Draco Malfoy as portrayed by Tom Felton
* Ginny Weasley as portrayed by Bonnie Wright
* Fred Weasley as portrayed by James Phelps
* George Weasley as portrayed by Oliver Phelps
* Professor Flitwick as portrayed by Warwick Davis
* Neville Longbottom as portrayed by Matthew Lewis

External links

* Official Webpage


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