- Location: Hogsmeade, Islands of Adventure
- Opening Date: June 18, 2010
- Height Requirement: Must be at least 48” (122 cm)
- Max Speed: 23 mph
- Inversions: None
- Duration: 4:00
- Early Park Admission: Check List for Updated Information
- Universal Express Pass: Check List for Updated Information
- Lowest Wait Times: Early Park Admission, Universal Express Pass, Low Crowds
Due to its surreal CGI and unique ride system, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is considered to be the signature ride of Hogsmeade, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure.
It’s debatable whether or not you could call this ride a true roller coaster. At the very least, it is definitely not your typical roller coaster with huge launches, drops, and inversions. The ride vehicles are, however, on motion robotic arms which provide many of the swoops, drops, and near-loops that you would expect on a coaster. In this dark ride, passengers sit in small cars that only reach a maximum of 23 mph. Although this may not seem very fast, the explosive movement of the car and the CGI around you wildly enhance the physical experience of the ride.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey takes you on a journey with Harry as you both escape from Hogwarts. You will run from dragons, death eaters, and more, all while flying through parts of Hogwarts castle you will recognize from the movies. The visuals on the ride fall somewhere between 3D and 4D, and they pull you into the experience in a way that is hard to understand without trying it for yourself. The video attached to this list does not do the ride justice, although it gives a window into what you will experience. The combination of visuals, storytelling, and a unique roller coaster make this one of the best rides in the resort.
Who is it Best For?
Similarly to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you don’t need to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate the technology and experience present in this ride. But, having seen the movies myself, there is something incredibly special about seeing the towers, lakes, and characters around Hogwarts in such an immersive setting that makes the experience unforgettable. As long as you meet the height requirements this ride is good for people of all ages!