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Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« on: May 08, 2013, 01:27:46 PM »
Now that this is confirmed, what are your thoughts?
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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 02:22:31 PM »
We've known about this for a while now.. There was not really anything revealing. Personally, I dont like Harry Potter. I think its cool they are appealing to that audience but the movies and books are done and I'd rather see a different movie get a land in Universal Studios. I am bummed Hollywood is getting the hogwarts expansion as well.
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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 02:50:09 PM »
I know. I thought it would've been a little funny since we knew that would be potter and the confirmation was something far from potter ;). Personally I think the area is ok, and I am a potter fan. I just think connecting the parks was a very bad idea. It would've been better if it stayed at islands, that train is going to be a mess
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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 03:37:20 PM »
We have known for a while but I am extremely excited I am a really big Harry Potter fan and so is my whole entire family and I have already been to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter before and it was awesome especially the Butterbeer which tasted wonderful. Now with the expansion the Wizarding World is going to be even more better and I can not wait to be able to walk right into Diagon Alley which will be so exciting but I am mostly excited about riding the new Gringots Bank Coaster which I hear will be extremely thrilling so either way I cant wait.  :D
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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 06:17:33 PM »
^Too bad we hardly anything about the ride xP
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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 07:35:16 PM »
^Too bad we hardly anything about the ride xP

If you read Screamscape they have said tons about the Gringots Bank Coaster and if you look it up online it has pictures of what the coaster cars will be like and says that this coaster will be a mix of a motion simulator ride like the Spider Man ride and a high speed rollercoaster with many twists turns and also sudden drops.

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2013, 01:40:46 PM »
Wow, I think that's awesome that they are adding more to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! :) I am also a fan of Harry Potter, and enjoyed reading the books and movies, so visiting a replicated version of it should be even better... :D

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2013, 02:45:24 PM »
Did any one see this girl who is a harry potter superfan when she visited:

A Harry Potter superfan's first time at the Wizarding World.


She would live there if she could i bet.

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2014, 01:45:50 PM »
We have a great video for all of you Wizarding World fans to watch that shows off the new animatronic goblins that are featured in the Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringott's Coaster.

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2014, 01:08:17 PM »
We finally have a picture of the actual ride vehicles inside the station and they look pretty awesome I am so excited.

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2014, 01:54:34 PM »
For those who want a description of the FULL Escape From Gringotts ride here it is:

WARNING SPOILER ALERT
DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT FULL PLOT

Posted by Robert Niles Theme Park Insider

Walking inside the bank building, you'll step into a small Entry Hall with three chandeliers before entering the Bankers Hall, the elaborate main hall filmed inside London's Australia House for the Harry Potter movies. The Bankers Hall will be lined by animatronic goblins behind the tellers' desks. From this room, the queue will split, with the regular queue heading outside to a large supplementary queue located behind the Gringotts show building. Universal wants to keep the line of waiting visitors out of Diagon Alley, given its tight spaces, so the back-of-house, exterior queue will expand as needed to keep the start of the line at the Entry Hall. Universal Express pass holders will skip this exterior queue and go straight from the Bankers Hall into a hallway of Gringotts offices, where the "regular" visitors will end up after navigating the exterior queue.
The offices will include a Security Office where you'll have your picture taken (yes, more souvenir sales!), before ending up in Bill Weasley's office. Here the queue will split again, though both lines will see the same show in this office. Bill Weasley (portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson in the movies) will appear in his office, much as Christopher Walken appears on stage next door at the Disaster! attraction. Weasley will welcome you and tell you about how to get your own vault at Gringotts. After his presentation, the doors on the far side of his office will open, leading your half of the queue to one of the two waiting elevators.
These elevators will take you down 30,000 feet to the subterranean Gringotts vaults juuust like those "hydrolators" at Epcot's The Living Seas used to bring you up from the bottom of the ocean. ;^) Once "down" at vault level, you'll pick up your 3D glasses in a tunnel-like room, before climbing a spiral staircase to the load platform. (I'm still looking into what the wheelchair bypass will be. Update: There's an elevator for that.)
The loading area is a large cavern, with stalactites hanging from the ceiling. (You'll find a child swap waiting area off to one side, in a holding cell.) There are two track channels for the ride and the ride vehicles are twin, 12-person, open-air cars, arranged in three rows of four. Each row is placed slightly higher than the row in front of it, in a "stadium seating" effect. The look of the cars is very Victorian, with a smokestack on each car, individual lap bars, and six Dolby speakers per seat for on-ride audio.
You're to ride your car down to see your newly opened vault. After the load platform, the two track channels merge to the south, then bearing to the left and entering Scene 1. In this scene, you'll face a brick wall, with two tunnel entrances, to the left and right. You're really facing a 3D screen, though, and here's where it all starts to "go terribly wrong."
Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort appear, cursing you and declaring that you'll never emerge from the vaults alive. Actuators will make your car bump up and down before the track below the first of the twin cars will drop, coming to rest at a 40-degree angle. Then, the track under the trailing car will begin to rise, matching the 40-degree angle of the leading car.
Within a moment, the car then drops 70-80 feet into the tunnel, for a kinetic ride section through a stalactite-filled cavern, with a small bunny hop and a hard right turn before we hit a block brake in preparation for the next scene. On a 3D screen, a car with Bill Weasley pulls alongside us, then we're also joined by another car, with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Trolls attack, knocking Bill, Harry, Ron, and Hermione out of the way before attacking us. Shaker tables rattle the cars before we go through the Thief's Downfall, with its fogscreen and water spritzers.
Perched on the edge of a cliff, trolls attack again, knocking us off the cliff as the motion base shakes our car, simulating a free fall. Fortunately, Bill Weasley comes to our rescue, saving us before we hit the cavern's bottom. Unfortunately, the white dragon from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is waiting for us, attacking us with its fire breath. Bill casts an aguamenti spell to save us, again, as guards run into the scene, shooting at us and the dragon.
The dragon climbs away, and we're launched into the next scene, which will bring us to Sirius Black's Vault. We hit a fog blast before entering the vault, where we see illuminated treasure ahead. The car makes a turn to the right, where the physical show scenery opens up a bit, with a large vault area projected along the far wall. We then bear to the left, turning into the next scene, where Bellatrix reappears, casting the Avada Kedavra killing curse at us. Voldemort and Nagini also appear, as he, too, casts the Avada Kedavra at us.
Escaping the killing curses, our car shoots around the corner into the next scene, inside a large 360-degree projection dome. With lava pouring around the darkened room, Harry arrives, riding the dragon. With Bellatrix hiding behind him, Voldemort attacks the dragon, which fights back with his fire breath. Harry then throws a chain onto our car, to haul us out of danger as he flies the dragon away, and Voldemort and Bellatrix disapparate. A Kuka arm pulls away part of the screen, clearing the path to launch us up through a dark tunnel into the final scene. (This is the first change in actual track elevation since the ride's initial drop.)
In the final scene, Harry, Bill, Ron, and Hermione bids us farewell on a screen behind a knocked-out wall, before we emerge back into the loading station. Once out of our car, we will exit down another spiral staircase into the gift shop.
In short, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is Revenge of the Mummy meets Transformers: The Ride 3D, with a Harry Potter theme. So, who's ready to ride?

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 01:17:45 PM »
It is finally official Diagon Alley has now opened up to the public at Universal Studios and the opening was completely crazy with up to a 7 and a half hour wait line just for Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringott but it is exciting to know that after all our waiting it is finally open to the public.

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2014, 04:10:16 PM »
The new Diagon Alley really is amazing. Went there during soft openings (technical rehersal) and went back a few times this week. Just walking around is an attraction on its own. The level of detail, and authenticity is unreal. The Hogwarts express is an experience not a ride. It is so real that calling this a ride would be degrading it for what it truly is. Escape from Gringotts is an amazing ride, and I would say that the best part of the ride is getting Evacuated a being able to really see how massive the physical sets really are. However on the ride you can't tell what is screen, and what's physical. I would have to rate this as the best theme park land overall. It is good enough to even compete with the level of theming at tokyo Disney Sea. The level of theming is better than all Themeparks in the U.S, and Europe. If Universal continues to theme all of their future lands, and attractions they can (and will) become better than Disney. In the same amount of time it took to build this, Disney announced avatarland. 3 years later they are still sitting on their fat a$$es hardly beginning construction.

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Re: Diagon Alley (Universal Orlando)
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2014, 05:34:16 PM »
I was there on opening day. Rode the escape from gringotts and saw the confetti, plus the dragon breathing fire.

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