Comments for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey safety sign reveals ride capabilities and maneuvers

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  1. Mac

    Yo, you are taking the “expulsion from the park” line way too seriously. It’s 100% a parody of the signs Umbridge puts up that has her rules on them.

  2. Diana

    I think the expulsion from the park part of the sign is supposed to be similar to the expulsion from hogwarts as in the 5th book/movie. They’re replicating Umbridge’s signs.

  3. Ricky Brigante

    Mac and Diana – Very true. The sign is certainly inspired by Umbridge’s signs. But at the same time, it’s certainly possible that some guests will take the sign entirely seriously if they’re not as familiar with the Potter stories… and Universal may also as well! 🙂

  4. I would take the expulsion from the park as being strange! Personally I believe that anyone misbehaving should be removed. I have no problem with that. The strangeness I refer to is that the sign is stepping out of character and referring to the zone as being part of a park, instead of continuing the environmental immersion. Could that sign have been taken seriously with a “FAILURE TO FOLLOW POSTED GUIDELINES MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR IMPRISONMENT IN AZKABAN.”?

    I know theme parks are relatively safe, but do these KUKA robots ever have an off day? Similar to when Dinosaur wants to shake you to bits.

  5. Alan

    The ride vehicles for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey actually aren’t that mysterious. They’re big matte black KUKA arms, on top of huge tripod-like bases covered in tons of boxes and cables. The bases are presumably so large to provide stability and to prevent the whole rig from toppling over. The arms look like they have less articulation than those used on the Sum Of All Thrills at Epcot.

    The benches are attached to the end of the arm. They’re quite big and boxy in design, with very high backs. Riders’ legs are not contained in the benches, and instead dangle below. There are 4 riders per bench.

    It will be interesting to see what the capacity of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is. The ride vehicles used on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man seat 12 people, as do the ones used on the Indiana Jones Adventure. But these KUKA arms only seat 4 people, which is only a third (or 33%) of the others!

  6. Dave

    Those signs are NOT a parody. All major signage at Universal features this text as it is 100% true. Don’t follow the rules, you will get kicked out.

  7. DodgeRules

    I just visited the park and saw the “expulsion from the park” clause on at least one other ride. (Sorry, I cannot remember which ride it was but I do remember reading that possible consequence.)

  8. Jeff Merritt

    Height limits are physiological, not psychological. The design of the conveyance and restraint system dictate how tall someone should be in order to ride safely restrained, not the overall intensity of the ride. B&M’s safety systems are unusually high at 54″ while other manufacturers are shorter.

    I would also say the warnings are to be taken seriously.

  9. Joe

    I just hope that by the time I go it will still be working. Hopefully it’s not like expadition everest were the yeti is turned off now because he was to powerful and breaking the mountain.

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