This muggle hasn’t had the pleasure, yet, of experiencing Harry Potter Diagon Alley, but maybe you have? In preparation for summer theme park season (I can’t believe it’s basically already here! What happened to winter and spring?!) we take an auditory trip with the guys to talk about their reviews of everything from queue theming to butter beer ice cream (uh yummm!). The consensus of the reviewers in Episode 293 of The Season Pass Podcast is that Diagon Alley is that it is the most immersive environment ever created.
There are many theories about how to create an immersive experience (if you are interested in some extra-curricular reading on the topic, I highly suggest Frank Rose’s book, Art of Immersion) I mention this, because the particular part of this episode I’d like to point your attention to is their discussion of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s. Like I said, I haven’t had the pleasure, but I was particularly interested in the difference of opinion between the guys on this ride. Arthur Levine, of themeparks.about.com, feels that it is in the top of ride experiences, while the others, Doug and Brent, Len Testa and Josh Young, seem to have a difficult time making that claim. What do you think? If you’ve experienced Gringott’s, how did you feel about the ride, and which opinion do you most closely identify with? And what do you hope for the future of Universal’s interpretation of Harry Potter?
Either way, sit back, relax, and enjoy drooling over dreams of butter beer ice cream!