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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  • TraciM-3
    5/14/2014 - 04:42 p.m.

    The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal's Orlando Resort will take visitors and tourists into the famous Gringotts bank and they get to retrieve a magical object. The ride's going to be called Harry Potter and the escape from Gringotts' and it re-creates a famous scene from the last Harry Potter book. During the train ride, the riders will see characters from the book such as Hagrid and the Weasley twins. If people wanna see both tickets, adults will cost $136 for a two-park ticket and for a child it's $130 for a two-park ticket. The ride and the themed area will open this incoming summer. I think it's amazing the resort was able to re-create that famous scene and people will be able to "live" in Harry Potter's world.

  • ChirawanM-2
    5/14/2014 - 04:55 p.m.

    The new area in Universal Studios in Florida will now feature Gringotts Bank. Visitors will take a tour through the bank and can help retrieve a magical object. The ride will be called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts" which replicates a scene from the last Harry Potter book. In the park this ride will be located in is called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley and will be twice the size of double the size of the Harry Potter landscape. I think this was a cool article because I love Harry Potter even though I haven't been to the Orlando park yet. It'd be interesting if I could visit the park and see this new attraction as well.

  • seagrant
    5/14/2014 - 05:33 p.m.

    I went to Disney world a few years ago and I loved it! If I went now it would probably be so much better! I wonder how long they have been working on the Ride.

  • baynina
    5/14/2014 - 07:38 p.m.

    When I was reading, I was saying "Yes!" over and over again! I LOVE Harry Potter. The only thing that would hold me back is the price to go on this amazing ride (and that I haven't gotten to the last book yet :^)). $130 is a LOT! Especially for a ride! This would be an amazing opportunity for anyone who likes Harry Potter. But it's a fact that many people would refuse to go because of the cost. I always feel like good rides are always to quick. $130 should be for like five rides, not one! But having this experience could truly make any Harry Potter fan's day!

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    5/14/2014 - 07:52 p.m.

    I think that it is amazing that Universal Orland Resort is making a Harry Potter Park for people to go on and try to defeat Voldemort. Two things that really amazed me is that they are trying to make many characters from the movie. Another thing that surprised me is that they are making it with new technology, because newer technology can take a longer time learning than older technology.
    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?
    Answer: I think for now I think that it would be pretty expensive because it is new technology, but I think later it will be less expensive. So I think that it would be probably $35-$45.

  • Brinnb-2
    5/14/2014 - 08:06 p.m.

    This article is about a new Harry potter themed ride opening at Universal Orlando Resort. It is called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. This ride is based on one of the final scenes in Harry potter. I bet this ride is going to be a lot of fun. I hope I can go here someday.

  • neal-tasty
    5/14/2014 - 09:28 p.m.

    A ride could cost a lot of money because you need to have a lot of money to keep a theme park going. it could cost millions of dollars depending on what you do in the ride and how big it is.

  • jaden5k1
    5/14/2014 - 10:09 p.m.

    wish my parents had that kind of money because they i could go here. i have only seen movies 1-3 so i do not know the great escape but in the 1 one harry gos to the bank and the ride.

  • kaleac-3
    5/15/2014 - 01:19 a.m.

    This article is about a new attraction/ theme park in the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. This will include a new ride that takes Harry Potter-lovers into another part of the story. The ride will pass through the Gringotts bank, vaults, goblins, and the massive dragon that Harry, Hermione, and Ron conquered. These new features will be made with new technology and dimensions in order to recreate the famous story. The tickets to the new park, which is added to the original Wizarding World, cost around $130.

    I can't believe they're adding more! I wonder how much all of the advanced technology will cost them to make this. Harry Potter fans will be so excited to visit this new ride in
    Orlando. Even though the price range is extremely high, I bet the new attractions will be worth it!

  • Amaya754
    5/15/2014 - 08:34 a.m.

    I love Harry Potter! I think the books and movies are so amazing, and in my opinion, I don't think any other book or movie could take over how much that I like the Harry Potter series. Even better yet, now they are letting you relive what had happened. I had been to Harry Potter World already, but that was before this amazing ride was built. It was exactly like the features in Harry Potter, and not to mention the thrilling rides that they had available! And, this year I am going to Florida, so I might get to try out this ride. Although, the price is a little out there. Either way, that ride is cool. I really want to go on that, and that is the ride that would be number one on my priorities list. Since the ride must have taken a lot of money to build, the price makes sense, but depending on your type of family, the price may not be very reasonable or affordable. I really think this was a great idea, and it is going to be a huge hit!

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