The spectacularly captivating and highly acclaimed ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’ thrill ride at Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s â€œThe Wizarding World of Harry Potterâ„¢â€ takes a technological bow with the introduction of enhanced 4K-HD ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second and designed to offer guests an even more immersive glimpse into J.K. Rowlingâ€™s Wizarding World.
This progressive enhancement replaces the earlier 3D film component of the ride to create a seamless integration between the rideâ€™s elaborate sets and its spellbinding media. The attractionâ€™s storyline remains the same.
Originally projected at 60 frames-per-second, the new ride media now displays at twice the frame rate offering superior clarity and remarkably sharper images than previously shown, with imagery that is stunningly ultra-realistic.
Hailed by press across the globe as a tour-de-force, â€œHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journeyâ€ has enjoyed a vast array of critical acclaim, such as:
â€œThe combination of the stunningly detailed queue and the state-of-the-art ride make Forbidden Journey the best dark ride in the world.â€
â€œAll roads lead to Hogwarts castle, home to possibly the most immersive, amazing and utterly convincing dark-ride and queue ever invented.Â
The detail at every turn is exquisite.â€
An achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology, â€œHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journeyâ€ is a multidimensional thrill ride located within Hogwarts castle. It features a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects designed to take guests on a once-in-a lifetime whirlwind adventure.
Spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees upon an elevated ride track, â€œHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journeyâ€ ushers guests on a journey alongside Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they venture through some of the most memorable scenes from the movie, including a Quidditch match where they narrowly escape a dragon attack, as well as close encounters with Dementors and the Whomping Willow.
A spectacular attraction unto itself, the iconic and picturesque Hogwarts castle sits at the heart of â€œThe Wizarding World of Harry Potterâ€ providing access to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.Â Hogwarts castle is a breathtaking reproduction from the movie, housing narrow stone passageways and chambers that invites guests to walk in the famous footsteps of the filmâ€™s heroic character where they will encounter many familiar places along the way, including the Mirror of Erised, Professor Sproutâ€™s Herbology class and a selection of baby Mandrakes, Dumbledoreâ€™s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Hall of Talking Portraits, the Fat Lady portrait at the entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room and the Sorting Hat.
Inspired by J.K. Rowlingâ€™s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, â€œThe Wizarding World of Harry Potterâ€ at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.
From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, â€œThe Wizarding World of Harry Potterâ€ transports guests of all ages to the very places they read about in the stories or watched on the silver screen.
â€œThe Wizarding World of Harry Potterâ€ resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potterâ€™s world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticksâ„¢ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeerâ„¢ carts.
A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukesâ„¢, Ollivandersâ„¢, Owl Postâ„¢, Zonkoâ€™sâ„¢ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Bangesâ„¢, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filchâ€™s Emporiumâ„¢ of Confiscated Goods.
The architecturally stunning land also features Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s first outdoor family coaster, â€œFlight of the Hippogriffâ„¢.â€