Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts secrets

This morning I got the chance to speak with Alan Gilmore, the Art Director of the Harry Potter films and Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I talked with Gilmore about the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride which was officially revealed this morning, and also got more details on the new Diagon Alley theme park expansion expected to open next month. (No official date has been released other than “Summer 2014.”)  Hit the jump to learn the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts secrets revealed from my interview and more.

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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Universal Orlando has finally confirmed details of the new signature ride at the upcoming Diagon Alley expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride will feature vehicles that seat 12 people and will take park visitors “through a Harry Potter story featuring villains, dragons and goblins.” Universal has revealed a bunch of new details on the attraction including Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts photos and concept art.

Above is our first look at the ride vehicle, which looks a bit like the coaster vehicle from Universal Studio’s Revenge of The Mummy. Fine out more and see more, after the jump.

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Gringotts Bank
Universal Orlando’s expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is gearing up to open this Summer, and Universal Studios has offered our first glimpse inside the new Gringotts Bank attraction. The Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts roller coaster will be located in the new Diagon Alley area, which is being built in the London waterfront area of Universal Orlando theme park. Guests will be able to enter Diagon Alley through a disguised special pathway, a recreation of Harry Potter’s first entrance to the location in the film.

We don’t know any official details of the Escape from Gringotts ride, but we do know it will be a “multi-sensory, multi- dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.” The queue will allow guests to walk through Gringotts Bank, complete with Goblins seen working inside. Universal has released the first video from inside Gringotts Bank, which includes our first look at the animatronic goblins.
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Rivers of Light

One park expands, another closes, and there’s some cool hotel business going on. All in another edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • What is the Disney Explorers’ Lodge?
  • Zonko’s Joke Shop has closed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • See photos of the new nighttime attraction and Lion King stage show at Animal Kingdom.

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Ratatouille ride

Updates on lots of new, exciting rides and attractions at theme parks around the world are in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Meet the animatronic characters in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and see the interactive queue.
  • The Ratatouille ride officially opens July 10; see a new video.
  • Four new, limited theme-park t-shirts are available from Disney.
  • You can meet Spider-Man in a Disney park.
  • The Frozen princesses have officially moved to the Magic Kingdom.
  • Second Harry Potter land to open July 15 in Japan.

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Harry Potter universal studios hollywood expansion

Universal Studios Hollywood is getting a major expansion culminating in the 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The movie-themed park announced this week not only the date for Potter land, but a significant expansion to The Simpsons area, a new Fast & Furious Supercharged ride on the studio tour, and more. Read the full press release for the Universal Studios Hollywood expansion and see tons of brand new concept art below. Read More »

Elsa Anna Frozen Disney World

From Fast and Furious to Frozen, this edition of Theme Park Bits is packed with goodness. There are ride videos, new worlds, and juicy rumors. Below, read about the following:

  • Disney announced a full Pirates of the Caribbean land for Shanghai Disneyland, including a brand new attraction.
  • Universal trademarks Fast and Furious: Supercharged for a possible ride.
  • Video and details revealed of the new, working Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Could Star Wars Land end up at Disney’s California Adventure?
  • A logo for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is revealed along with new details and images.
  • See Michael Giacchino scoring the Ratatouille ride.
  • Universal is building a new theme park in Beijing.
  • Check out a video of the new Disneyland Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • You can get a Fastpass to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
  • Watch a behind the scenes video of the audio hub at Disney’s California Adventure.

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Universal Studios Osaka Hogwarts

This edition of Theme Park Bits spans the globe. Below, read about the following.

  • Is LucasFilm Singapore working on a Theme Park movie?
  • Universal Studios Osaka is also getting a Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • A robot theme park is being built in South Korea.
  • What’s the update on the Ratatouille ride?
  • Watch a video of the Waterworld show at Universal Studios Japan.
  • A new restaurant opened at the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot in Orlando, FL.
  • Disney’s California Adventure has integrated a mobile game into World of Color.

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