I just finished my model of Universal Creative’s newest masterpiece, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. This innovative new dark ride and roller coaster combination has set the bar once again. The attraction is located in the newly opened Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios Florida and opened on July 8th. Please don’t continue if you don’t want any spoilers of the ride. Guests journey Into the Gringotts bank and are about to open their account as Harry, Ron and Hermione are about to steal a horacrox. Unfortunately, it uses a lot of the same gags in other Universal attractions and is mostly comprised of screens, no animatronics for the ride portion. The ride has a “seesaw” like track and a “motion base” that slides about 45 degrees sideways to help simulate a freefall. The cars have a spinning mechanism in the chassis, they are like the Men in Black ride vehicles on coaster track. The ride culminates in a large screen that wraps around most of the train. A large Kuka arm moves a section of the screen out of the vehicle’s track. A massive static dragon figure is perched on the roof of the bank and occasionally breaths fire. Here are some pictures of my latest endeavor.
I hope you enjoyed my newest model. Please let me know what you think of it in the comments. I plan on building yet another Universal attraction now, but this time it’s a long gone classic, any guesses?