Harry Potter Simulator at Universal | Escape from Gringotts

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Written By Carlos Braga

Escape from Gringotts is a mix between a roller coaster and a simulator based on the Harry Potter franchise.

That way, in addition to all the adrenaline of the rails, you can still feel the moment even more real, thanks to the incredible 4D technology of this attraction.

The attraction is located at Universal Studios Orlando, more precisely at Diagon Alley (Diagon Alley), one of the Harry Potter areas of the resort.

Diagon Alley and Gringotts Bank
Diagon Alley and Gringotts Bank

The Harry Potter areas are currently the most sought after in both parks across the Universal Orlando Resorts.

Therefore, the attraction Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is one of the most popular attractions in the entire park.

Features of Escape from Gringotts

Despite the Diagon Alley area being large, this is the only attraction of the place.

Of course, there are special places, cool scenery, shops and restaurants, but Escape from Gringotts is very unique.

It's quite easy to find the attraction in Diagon Alley, as the famous fire-breathing dragon sits above it.

In short, you will enter Gringotts Bank and your adventure will begin right there.

Queue Inside Gringotts Bank
Queue Inside Gringotts Bank

In turn, the plot is the same lived by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in the eighth film of the saga.

If you're a witcher fan, you'll know what I'm talking about. If not, don't worry, it's not difficult to understand the context.

Simulator

In order for you to follow the simulation projections, the attraction has 3D glasses.

Just like all the others in Orlando, they are cleaned and sterilized after each use.

You can even feel some of them still wet.

Pre-show and Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts
Pre-show and Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts

In addition, Escape from Gringotts also features splashing water, heat, smells and some other sensations.

In this way, the attraction is characterized as a 4D simulator.

Indoor roller coaster

As a feature of the attraction, you may also hear the expression 'dark ride'.

Anyway, this means that the roller coaster is in a closed and dark environment.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction vehicle
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction vehicle

In that sense, you don't know what awaits you and every movement is felt intensely.

The technology of the rails, when combined with that of the simulator, provoke very interesting sensations and feelings!

How is the Escape from Gringotts queue?

Be aware that the queue for this attraction can be quite long.

That's because, as we said earlier, the Harry Potter areas are still the most popular areas of the parks and this is so far the only Harry Potter attraction in Universal Studios Orlando park.

Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction Queue
Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction Queue

However, even though it takes a long time, the queue is an attraction in itself.

The queue environment will draw the attention of anyone who is a fan of the saga. That way you can distract yourself while you wait.

Briefly, you will enter Gringotts Bank to open an account.

Goblins Queuing for the Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction
Goblins Queuing for the Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction

The goblins (goblins) can be seen working normally.

The place is very realistic and, for sure, you will feel like you are on the witches' bench.

Then globin will invite you to visit the bank vaults.

Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction Queue
Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction Queue

During this path, you pass through a corridor full of offices.

In one of them, you can see the shadow of Harry, Ron and Hermione, who are planning to enter one of the vaults.

Soon after, you will enter an elevator that will take you to the basement of Gringotts Bank.

According to the plot, this is where the vaults are located.

Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction Queue
Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringotts Attraction Queue

At the end of the 'descent', the doors open and you take your 3D glasses. Then, finally, you'll arrive at the attraction's carts.

Universal Express Pass

Universal's Express Pass will allow you to skip the lines and ride the attraction without having to wait for hours.

Undoubtedly, it is worth using the Universal Express Pass in Escape from Gringotts.

In the regular queue, you can take more than 2 hours on busy days!

So if you don't want to waste time queuing during your tour of the park, buy the Express Pass before you get there, request yours here.

Single rider

As with Universal Express, you can use single rider to shorten queue time.

However, the difference is that in this model, you will be able to separate from your group.

The single rider works as an empty seat filler.

For example, Escape from Gringotts has 24 people per cart.

If 23 are filled and the next in line is a couple, the Universal team member places a single rider to complete.

If you don't have Universal Express, this is a great way to spend less time in line at the attraction.

Harry Potter Simulator Tour at Universal

You're heading towards the Gringotts Bank vaults, until the security alarm sounds.

This means that Harry, Ron and Hermione are trying to get a Horcrux to defeat Voldemot.

At that moment, the adventure begins: the villains of the saga try to stop the theft.

This way, the speed will increase so that you can evade the cast spells.

Harry Potter Simulator Scene at Universal - Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Harry Potter Simulator Scene at Universal – Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The entire course of the attraction lasts around 5 minutes and goes through several scenarios.

It can be scary for young children because of the simulator's images which are very realistic.

You can check out the video of the attraction in the video below:

technical information

– Inauguration of the attraction: July 2014;
– Capacity of people: 24 people per cart;
– Duration of the attraction: 5 minutes;
– Minimum height: 1.07 meters

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