Wanna go to Gringotts? This computer image shows Gringotts bank, a setting for the ride that will be the centerpiece for the new Harry Potter-themed attraction in Florida
Wanna go to Gringotts?
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The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal Orlando Resort will take visitors into Gringotts bank. There, they can help to retrieve a magical object.

The ride will be called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts." It re-creates a scene from the final Harry Potter book and film.

"It takes you into one of the great moments of the fiction," said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.

The ride and the themed area is called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. It will open in the summer. It will double the size of the Harry Potter landscape in the park.

The new features include a 60-foot dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank, a labyrinth of Gringotts vaults, and a marble hall with goblins. Riders will be taken into a world as part of a quest to retrieve a magical object to defeat Lord Voldemort.

The ride will use 360-degree themed sets, digital high-definition animation, 3-D projection systems and live special effects.

The goal is to use new technology and intensely detailed storytelling to thrill Harry Potter fans. Universal also hopes to entice those who haven't read the books or seen the movies.

The new themed area will be located at Universal Studios Park in Florida. It will be tied to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter area at Universal's Islands of Adventure via the Hogwarts Express train.

During the train ride, riders will spot characters and magical creatures from the book. Among them: Hagrid on a flying motorbike, the Weasley twins on brooms, and the Knight Bus in London traffic.

If fans want to see both parks, a two-park ticket will be required. For adults, a two-park ticket for one day costs $136; for children, it costs $130.

Critical thinking challenge: Why does this ride cost so much money? How much might it cost to build such a ride? Does Harry Potters creator, J.K.Rowling, get some of the money?

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COMMENTS (110)
  • Johcol
    5/14/2014 - 10:17 a.m.

    I think this is a very different way to create new rides.It is unique.There are not alot of harry potter rides so this is a totally new theme of rollercoaters in the amusement park industry.

  • cenaed-Mil
    5/14/2014 - 10:23 a.m.

    I think the ride cost so much money b/c they had to make money that they spend to make the ride back as a profit . I would think that it takes millions to create such a ride and have it running everyday that the park is running . He should because he is the one that created Harry potter .

  • Tomas01
    5/14/2014 - 11:41 a.m.

    LOL LOL LOL LOL i thought that that person was a guy but i guess that it was a girl lol i thought that that was Hilarius but yeah NO i wouldn't like to go to Gringotts i think that all of that harry Potter stuff is stupid.SO NO I WOULD NT WANT TO GO.

  • jadans-Mil
    5/14/2014 - 11:56 a.m.

    The ride cost so much money because, it is a high tech ride. High tech rides are fun because they are thrill rides, which means they go fast and ,to keep the ride going they have to put in a lot of money!
    I think that the ride May cost from 1,000,000,000 to 3,000,000,000 dollars that's a lot of money! Yes I think that the creator gets the most of the money because he created Harry potter and they based that part if the park of Harry potter and the creator.

  • ar18cupcakes
    5/14/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    I went to Disney World last year and the theme park was cool than. So it must be ten times cooler when they set this part up. It probably costs a lot because of the money it needs to gain back from all the money they used to pay for it. I would love to visit there someday.

  • heatherm-Mil
    5/14/2014 - 01:50 p.m.

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  • ethanc-Orv
    5/14/2014 - 03:41 p.m.

    i was a Harry Potter fan but then my dad played the movie alot and i got Bord with it and I'm not a big redder so i don't like books and it cost alt of money because the detail the maniac's and the materials

  • star-baseballplayer
    5/14/2014 - 03:51 p.m.

    This ride cost so much money because it adds a lot of detail and figures to make you feel like you are in the movie. I think the ride cost over 870,000 dollars because with today's technology it cost a lot of money to use a 360 degrees themed set, digital high-definition, and 3-D projection systems. No because they are creating the ride but it is not exactly like the book.

  • Spea-Remix
    5/14/2014 - 04:10 p.m.

    I am confused by Harry Potter... But that sad fact aside its a decent series. I just can't possibly believe it costs so much. I guess its new so its really important...

  • KateL-4
    5/14/2014 - 04:41 p.m.

    At the Harry Potter theme park in Florida, there is going to be a new ride. It is a ride that imitates Harry's ride in Gringotts. During the ride there will be twists and turns and will have features including a huge dragon, a maze of vaults and the marble hall entrance. It will be in Diagon Alley of the Harry Potter World and will open this summer. I loved reading this article! I am a huge Harry Potter fan so this was really exciting to read about.

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