Good Evening Thrill Seekers,
As Monday’s go this has been a pretty busy one… Dwarfs here, Falcons there and just to end the day how about a bit of Harry Potter leakage!? That sounded better in my head!
Anyway, about 10 mins ago I got a dodgy looking email with some attachments, the email had the subject Gringotts Bank Coaster Plans…. Hmmm highly suspicious subject, there’s noway I’m going to open that… but the contents were written by an actual human who pointed me in the direction of a, sort of, trusted source. So I open it.
Here’s what it contained…
Yep granted it looks a bit particular… but what we have here could/maybe/might/is (delete appropriate) the plans for the Gringotts Ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley!!! *Head Explodes*
The plans seem to show the use of a dual-loading station situated on the left hand side of the plans, the same type of system they use for Universal Studios other dark ride, Revenge of the Mummy. The large, conical projection screens that will be used to display some of the action also appear to be shown, although they are not labelled.
I’ll update as I look properly at the other images…
We’ve been speculated here on Attraction Tickets ever since it was announced Jaws would be closing, what Universal Orlando was planning to do with the space.
In December Universal confirmed it would be expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but revealed little else. However Theme Park Blog, TPI, has managed to get a look at some concept designs that includes the main features, which appears to be Gringotts bank set in the heart of Diagon Alley.
The development appears to occupy the space between the Fear Factor Live theater and the Disaster! show, half the land maybe dedicated to the main feature “the Gringotts ride”.
The Gringotts ride is rumoured to be a similar style ride to Harry Potter and the Forbidden journey, up to 12 people will sit in the ride, which will turn and drop along a track. The Gringotts ride will be housed within 75,000-square-foot show building and will feature a themed queue much like the Forbidden Journey.
Also within the concept drawings are plans for a 8,900-square-foot restaurant, based on the Potter books we must assume it will be the Leaky Cauldron.
Although the plans do not show concrete evidence that the Hogwarts Express will be included their does appear to be room to house it.
Will keep you updated when more information becomes available.