Who hasn't dreamed of receiving a letter from Hogwarts on their 11th birthday? Mine, for sure, was lost = (.
However, I fulfilled my dream when I was able to visit the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey on our last trip.
If you are a fan of the series Harry Potter and you plan to visit Orlando soon, you may be wondering if this attraction is worth going to.
Then read on to find out the answer to this and other questions involving Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey!
What kind of attraction is the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey?
One of the first questions most people have about Forbidden Journey is about its nature.
After all, it is not a roller coaster, but neither is it a simulator. What kind of ride she is?
The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a dark ride attraction.
It gets its name from walking in a dark room, with the cart walking along rails and simulator panels on the walls.
It may seem strange, but in a way, such an attraction is kind of a mix of ghost train, simulators and roller coaster. Crazy, right?
One of the coolest features of the attraction is that it uses a robotic arm that controls the cart where the users are.
This robotic arm moves the cart sideways, according to the simulator video, to give the sensation of movement and adventure.
You know that famous video that rolls on Facebook of a father with a daughter on his lap, in front of a TV? Does he move the child along the path of the roller coaster on television?
So, in a way, the Forbidden Journey is just that, but with a lot more technology.
How is the attraction inside?
Inside, the attraction of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is something really incredible. The project shows Universal's dedication not only to Islands of Adventures, but with fans of the series as well.
To live up to the attraction, we have to divide the conversation into two topics: the queue and the attraction itself.
Nobody likes to stand in line at theme parks. This is a fact. But, if it is to stay in line, let it be at least in one like this.
Considering that the attraction is one of the most visited in the park, Universal thought of setting up a queue that is pleasant to stay.
Therefore, the queue area of this attraction is gigantic and very decorated, with several events and moments to make everything more fun.
The first step in the queue is to pass outside Hogwarts castle, including the Herbology greenhouses.
Inside, visitors will be able to find some replicas of objects from the films, such as the Mirror of Ojesed and talking portraits.
As we move forward in line, we will pass by famous places in Hogwarts castle.
The first one is Dumbledore's room, where he is there to welcome guests and speak to them (in a video, of course).
Then we pass the Defense Against Dark Arts room, where we see Harry, Ron and Hermione.
A nice detail from this moment is that Ron tries to cast a spell, but it goes wrong and a lot of fun special effects (like falling snow) actually appear in the queue.
We don't want to give too many spoilers on the route of the attraction itself because it consists of a kind of interactive cinema.
What we will tell you is that the course involves a Quidditch match, running away from a dragon and facing Dementors. It's quite an adventure!
Among the characters that participate in it are Hagrid, Harry Potter, Ron, Hermione and others.
The attraction mixes mechanical movements to create the sensation of the movement made on the projection screen. In addition, there are also some special effects to make the result even better.
Is it worth going to this attraction?
With all that said, is it worth going to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey?
Why, of course it does!
For anyone who is a Harry Potter fan, this is one of the most important attractions in Orlando. It is not for nothing that we set up our entire itinerary of 1 day at Islands of Adventure around it.
One of the magical things of the attraction is to bring the world of Harry Potter to life and put the visitor inside.
It is true that the lines are long to visit the tour (so it may be interesting to use the Universal Express Pass for this attraction), but the whole interaction structure in the queues is worth it.
In addition, the tour itself is also very worthwhile. It's like being inside a Harry Potter movie, with Quidditch, characters, dragons, spells and all the cool stuff in the franchise.
What if I'm not a Harry Potter fan?
Even those who are not fans of Harry Potter have much to enjoy in this attraction. Of course, fans will enjoy every detail of the toy, but it is interesting in itself, without depending on the franchise.
The attraction is very fun, providing a mix of simulated adventure and well-created storytelling.
The mechanical arm that controls the cart moves users in various positions to create incredible immersion.
Forbidden Journey shows that Universal spares no effort in technological wonders to please its visitors.
Sure, it doesn't have the same mechanical charm as Disney animatronics, but it's a different style. It is worth knowing and visiting.
In fact, it is worth using the Universal Express Pass on the Forbidden Journey, as already mentioned.
The attraction usually gets crowded, even though Islands of Adventures is a park with a lot of cool things to see.
In addition, the best times to go to the attraction are in the morning, as soon as the park opens, and at night. These are the times with the least queues.
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