Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the main attraction of the much anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universals Studios Island of Adventure in Orlando Florida. Many Harry Potter fans have been waiting for this ride and this land for years but was it worth the wait?The Wizarding World of Harry Potter only has three rides which is a bit of a disappointment, and two of these rides are re-themed older rides. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the only ride in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that is new.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is by far the best ride in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When you first enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter you will instantly see the castle which is where Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is housed. You can tell that they expect to have really long lines in the summer and they have a lot for people to see while they are in line. I think that they could have done a little more with the line but Harry Potter fans will love just going through the line and seeing the places that are in the film. Some areas they could have done better such as the nursery they could have had some animatronics that pop out of their pots, that would add to the section of line. Many of the magical tricks are pretty lame like the bulletin board with the magical picture on the newspaper which is obviously just a small lcd screen, putting it on a table would have made it more interesting but putting it on the wall makes it a monitor that is not to magical.
A few different spots use the old Pepper’s Ghost illusion and give you the chance to see Dumbledore as well as Harry, Hermonie, and Ron. When you meet Harry and friends they make it snow but its just bubbles. Before getting onto the ride you will run into the sorting hat which is a good use of animatronics.
The ride itself has you sit in a magical bench that flies. The ride mixes animatronics, and movies to give you a interesting dark ride experience. Not wanting to spoil it I will not give the full details of what happens and how but during the journey you will get to see a fire breathing dragon, giant spiders, dementors, and fly through a quiditch tournament just to name a few of the things you will get to do on the ride.
Any dark ride fan would love this ride it is an amazing dark ride. Fans of Harry Potter will absolutely love the ride. I do not know if the one ride alone deserves all the time and hype that Universals put into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but on its own it is a great ride you will want to ride over and over to make sure you see all the things you might miss the first time.