Universal Orlando Gets Ready to Open its Newest Ride: Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringotts
Harry Potter fans can finally take their passion for the franchise to the bank—literally—as they enter a magical world of wizardry and danger within the park’s Diagon Alley themed area
If you are Harry Potter fan, you are more than familiar with the peculiar (and sometimes dark) Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Ran by goblins who are often portrayed as greedy creatures whose existence revolves about wealth and money, the Gringotts Bank is managed by the dwarf-like creatures with a tight hand and a heavy dose of mystery. Furthermore, Gringotts Bank prides itself on the level of security it offers its patrons, often claiming to be the safest place to keep your secrets and wealth without the worry of snooping Muggles—in other words, non-magical people like you and me.
Part thrill-ride and part roller-coaster, the new ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ ride is a major element of Universal’s expanded Potterverse known as Diagon Alley—an old-world themed street in London where wizards, squibs and witches live and trade hidden from the Muggle world. The original success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter led Universal Studios to develop and create this extension of the themed land. In addition, one major element of the new Diagon Alley is the ability to connect to the rest of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade Station via the Hogwarts Express train, which can be boarded on Platform 9 ¾ at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.
Diagon Alley is set to open over a four-day period starting on June 17th, 2014, during which time Universal will have much Potter-themed pomp and circumstance—and the lines are expected to be long. But you don’t have to worry about it because you have entire summer to be among the lucky first to visit Diagon Alley and the new ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ ride. Now, be sure to come stay with us at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium since we are only a stone’s throw away from both Universal theme parks. If an Orlando vacation is on your calendar, be sure to book early to ensure availability since our unique location makes Vista Cay Resort by Millenium a popular family destination.
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