Universal Allegedly Makes Changes To Beloved ‘Harry Potter’ Ride

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Universal Orlando Resort is home to many thrilling attractions and epic lands, but perhaps the most magical of those is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The Wizarding World at Universal Orlando features two distinct lands in both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. You can ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Diagon Alley and then take the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and The Flight of the Hippogriff are two of the attractions that Guests can experience while at the Parks, but there’s also the iconic Harry Potter and the Forbideen Journey.

The attraction, which takes place inside Hogwarts Castle, was opened in 2014 but many Guests have begun to notice that it is due for an update. One Guest recently noticed vomit and damage to a screen in the attraction and another Annual Passholder said they’ve recently noticed some technological changes to the ride.

“The CG on certain points of the ride seem to have been changed over the years and for the worse, there are three notable ones to me, the appearances of the dragon, especially right before the bridge section seem to have been changed and looks a lot less realistic, along with at the end where the dragon shoots fire from the top of the high tower,” User U/loyalsandpipers said in a recent Reddit thread. “Secondly the snitch, when it flys in front of our face and Harry says “Snitch! Follow me!” The snitch looks alot worse, almost like it was changed and added after the ride was out. And lastly some of the dementors look like they were changed as well.”

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Many Universal fans have called for a massive refurbishment of the ride to update the technology and make some changes to get animatronics back up and running. At this point, there is no scheduled closure for refurbishments on the attraction.

Universal is, however, in the midst of a lengthy refurbishment on Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Florida. The attraction closed in January and is slated to reopen in late summer 2022.

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More On Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is home to many thrilling and epic attractions that you won’t want to miss. You can experience Hogsmeade, which includes Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, and The Flight of the Hippogriff, as well as Jurassic Park River Adventure, the all-new Jurassic World: Velocicoaster, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and much more at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Then, don’t forget about all the amazing attractions like Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, The Simpson’s Ride, E.T. Adventure Ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s, MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack, Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt, and much more all next door at Universal Studios Florida. Also in major Universal Parks News, Epic Universe— the largest Universal Park in the world— is currently under construction and is set to be finished by 2025.

Do you love Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey? Let us know in the comments!

If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies! And, who could forget about the Wizarding World of ‘Harry Potter’! Universal is also in the midst of building its biggest theme park ever, the Epic Universe, which is set to open in 2025. Or, how about a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the movies?

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