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    Thumbs up Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Universal posted some pics of the themeing inside Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, WOW!!!!!!!!! People who question Universals ability to compete with Disney in terms of themeing... Look at these.









    This far surpasses anything Disney has done since Indiana Jones Adventure in 95.

    "On Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – the marquee attraction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – guests will journey through iconic locations straight from the films, such as the Room of Requirement. This amazingly detailed scene is where guests board the groundbreaking ride and are drawn into the excitement and chaos of Harry’s life. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – the only place in the world where the stories of Harry Potter will come to life – grand opening on June 18"

    The StoryHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement and chaos of Harry's life. As you venture through Hogwarts castle, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice, you travel by Floo powder, and begin the adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.
    "Guests will experience firsthand a completely new adventure featuring the iconic characters, amazing creatures and recognizable locations they've only read in the books or seen in the films," said Thierry Coup, creative director for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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    The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey experience starts as soon as you walk through the gates of Hogwarts. Within the towering Hogwarts castle, you explore a truly magical place. You journey through iconic locations taken from the films and take in the extraordinary detail of each scene. They include:

    • Dumbledore's office: Here, you meet the Headmaster as he welcomes you to Hogwarts
    • Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom: Where you first meet Harry, Ron and Hermione
    • Gryffindor common room: You meet three additional characters who prepare you for your journey
    • Room of Requirement: Here, with hundreds of floating candles above, you take your seat on an enchanted bench and begin the Forbidden Journey
    • Other locations: In addition, guests will pass through the Dungeon passageway and hallways of Hogwarts where they will have the chance to see hundreds of wizard portraits from the films, including several magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the four founders of Hogwarts. Guests will even get a glimpse of the Sorting Hat.

    The attraction's newly created ride system envelops guests in filmed action scenes and moves those scenes with them as they travel through the ride, allowing more time in the center of the adventure and with their favorite characters. This fusion of robotic technology and filmed scenes has never been achieved until now. In some cases, technology had to be invented to achieve the highest level of guest experience. The combination of pioneering, state-of-the-art technology, innovative filmmaking and surprises around every corner make this attraction the embodiment of the Harry Potter book and film series—and the future of theme park entertainment.
    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Quick Facts

    • Storyline: As you venture through Hogwarts, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione, who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice you travel by Floo powder, and begin your adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.
    • First-ever combination of advanced robotic ride system technology with innovative, immersive filmmaking
    • Award-winning composer John Williams oversaw the creation of the attraction's score
    • The queue includes the following Harry Potter book and film elements: Headmaster Dumbledore's office, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Gryffindor common room, Room of Requirement, and the greenhouse; talking portraits including the Fat Lady and thenever-before-seen four founders: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw; the Sorting Hat, the One-Eyed Witch statue and the Mirror of Erised
    • Duration of ride: The full attraction experience, including the queue, takes about an hour
    • Number of scenes in the attraction: 12
    • Characters (featuring Harry Potter film talent): Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid and Draco Malfoy
      • You may also catch a glimpse of Fred and George Weasley, Ginny Weasley and Neville Longbottom

    With this, all the positive reviews I've read about King Kong 360 as well as Space Fantasy. I can say that I am a huge Universal fan again and Transformers can't come soon enough.
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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    You can't be more right about that. This ride appears to be incredible and from what I've heard, I think it's finally made Universal a true contender in Florida.

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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    The details so far look great. I'm hoping against hope that it'll be soft-opened when I'm there May 16-17th. But really, Universal didn't need this to prove they are a competitor with Disney, Lost Continent did that ten years ago.
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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmay View Post
    The details so far look great. I'm hoping against hope that it'll be soft-opened when I'm there May 16-17th. But really, Universal didn't need this to prove they are a competitor with Disney, Lost Continent did that ten years ago.

    The problem was sitting on their hands and just letting IOA and US become stagnant. The additions of the Simpsons, RRR, The Mummy and now Harry Potter has made them new again. Here's to hoping they don't wait another 10 years now to expand again.

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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Truecoat View Post
    The problem was sitting on their hands and just letting IOA and US become stagnant. The additions of the Simpsons, RRR, The Mummy and now Harry Potter has made them new again. Here's to hoping they don't wait another 10 years now to expand again.
    I agree, however I would also note that Disney hasn't exactly been busting the berm lately either. It's sad it took Universal and Harry Potter to force them to finally add something new worthwhile to their flagship park, Magic Kingdom. And the other parks are sagging a little as well, Hollywood Studios could use a new attraction or two, and Animal Kingdom is a half day park at best.

    I pointed to Lost Continent as an example that Universal can compete with Disney theming. Of course it's not that hard to do when you're working with laid-off Disney imagineers! The one area I think Universal is really pushing the envelope, and Potter is continuing this trend, is technologically. Disney is great at using simple technologies to tell great stories, but Universal, particularly in rides like Mummy and Spiderman, and now Forbidden Journey, uses every trick and effect in the book, including ones they've proprietarily developed.
    Forget 'Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln,' Samantha Brown is Disney's most sophisticated animatronic.
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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Whatever people's feelings are about Universal, one thing is for certain........Disney fans should be thankful that Universal is pushing the envelope and putting pressure on Disney to develop new attractions. It's a win all around for theme park enthusiasts!

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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    If this ride is anything as awsome as the queue & the exterior looks it going to be great. Disney is going to have to open something great to compete, this ride would draw me in more then a TLM copy.

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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Quote Originally Posted by BlAcKoUt510 View Post
    If this ride is anything as awsome as the queue & the exterior looks it going to be great. Disney is going to have to open something great to compete, this ride would draw me in more then a TLM copy.
    I agree, the Fantasyland update is going to do nothing for MK other than update it. At least with WWOHP, I have an incentive to go to Universal Orlando (which I plan to) and experience the new land. I have no reason to go to WDW because we are getting the Mermaid ride here. I sometimes think WDW's management is clueless.


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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Truecoat View Post
    The problem was sitting on their hands and just letting IOA and US become stagnant. The additions of the Simpsons, RRR, The Mummy and now Harry Potter has made them new again. Here's to hoping they don't wait another 10 years now to expand again.
    Universal has hardly sat on their hands. Attractions that have opened in the past decade since IOA: Men in Black, Flying Unicorn, Storm Force, Jimmy Neutron, Shrek 4-D, Revenge of the Mummy, Fear Factor Live, Universal 360, Seuss Trolley, Disaster, The Simpsons Ride, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and now this.

    They've kept fairly busy, contrary to what some think.

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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    A news video clip that shows parts of the queue, and an interview with the creative director. looks amazing!

    Wizarding World Opening Date Announced - Video - WJXT Jacksonville
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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Sounds like an upgraded Spider-Man ride to me. Not that I'm complaining or being a sour-puss about it. I'm just looking at it from a technological stance.

    Give me more details on the Wand Shop experiance, as well as a retail price on the remote controlled Golden Snitch they were talking about when they first announced the expansion/conversion.

    That said, I do agree that the theming is just BEAUTIFUL!
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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    This really looks amazing! I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but this project intrigues me more than what WDW is planning for Fantasyland, It even looks like it could be better than what Disney has planned for Radiator Springs over in DCA.

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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Aladdin View Post
    This really looks amazing! I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but this project intrigues me more than what WDW is planning for Fantasyland, It even looks like it could be better than what Disney has planned for Radiator Springs over in DCA.
    Ok, I wouldn't go that far.. Radiator Springs will feature two new rides in addition to RSR, whereas IOA is using re-themed versions of rides that already existed. It will also feature a much-higher price tag than HP.. and have you seen the amazing rockwork?!
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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

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    that's not true, and you know it. Harry Potter is doing MORE, a heck of a LOT more than just "re-themed versions of rides that already existed ". Not only that but they are using a new type of technology in a much grander and larger way than Disney has. Not to mention opening an entire themed winter village, and are placing a heck of a lot more "magic" in the Harry Potter project than what Radiator Springs will bring to DCA.

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    Re: Inside the "Forbidden Journey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Aladdin View Post
    Nonob88

    that's not true, and you know it. Harry Potter is doing MORE, a heck of a LOT more than just "re-themed versions of rides that already existed ". Not only that but they are using a new type of technology in a much grander and larger way than Disney has. Not to mention opening an entire themed winter village, and are placing a heck of a lot more "magic" in the Harry Potter project than what Radiator Springs will bring to DCA.
    I know about Forbidden journey, I was talking about the other two rides (the rollercoasters (dueling dragons and flying unicorn.) At DCA, they are building the supplementary rides from scratch.

    I think there are some similarities between both, with HP you have the winter village and at Cars Land you will have the town of Radiator Springs. In the end they will both be grand theme park experiences so that's all that really matters.
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