Coming in at the number one spot we have Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. I promise that this ride is not just taking the top spot on the list because I’m a Harry Potter fan, but on top of its fantastic theme, the ride is a crazy journey and is one of the best rides in the whole resort.
Despite the massive popularity of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the Escape from Gringotts is considered to be the flagship ride of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The ride combines a immersive line experience, a mind-blowing roller coaster, and top-of-the-line visual effects to make you feel like you are really trying to escape Gringotts alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
Like all the best rides in Universal Orlando, the beginning of the experience starts in the line. Fittingly, the ride takes place in Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley. Every time I walk into the bank I’m hit with Deja Vu from the movie. The layout of Gringotts is identical to what it looks like in the Harry Potter films.
Remember when Harry, Ron, and Hermione go to Gringotts with Griphook to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault? This ride is essentially an exact replica of that scene. As you walk through Gringotts, a high ceiling towers above you with a chandelier, and the hall is lined with long desks on either side occupied by Goblins hard at work for the bank. They will peer at you suspiciously as you move toward the teller at the end of the long hall.
Once you begin the ride itself, you will get into a cart just like in the movies and prepare yourself to be launched into the vaults of Gringotts deep below. The Escape from Gringotts ride utilizes the dark throughout the roller coaster to increase the thrill factor and bring the 3D projections to life. As you twist, drop, and speed through the vaults you will run from dragons and maybe even Voldemort, all with Harry, Ron, and Hermione by your side.
Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan this ride is a must-try. But, if you have seen the movies, Escape From Gringotts will bring you directly into the world we all know and love in a once-in-a-lifetime immersive experience.
Category: Roller Coaster
Theme: Harry Potter, Gringotts Bank
Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley
Opening Date: July 8, 2014
Height Requirement: Must be at least 42” (107 cm). Children between 42” -48” (107 cm – 122 cm) must ride with a supervising companion.