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?

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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  • TheAlex33301
    5/15/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    This a great article. Hogwartz is a wizard school if no watch Harry Potter. It was a great movie. I love the series. And this article goes with it.

  • mariam-Weh
    5/15/2014 - 08:41 a.m.

    That is really cool, want to go. What a cool idea to make a gringotts. Lots of awesome things are in Florida. I really want to go there with my family.

  • peterl304
    5/15/2014 - 09:06 a.m.

    i think that kida dumb becuse that like nothing like hurry potter and that bliding is fake it not the reall ones and it maigak

  • kamdens14
    5/15/2014 - 09:07 a.m.

    i think that building is very big in side so i can play hide and go seak. i also love harry pottery books so this is a good ncomment for me

  • Dynasty22
    5/15/2014 - 09:52 a.m.

    That is really interesting considering the fact that I really don't like Harry Potter books nor movies. I can also see why these parks cost a lot, I mean if you think about it they do require lots of work and money.

  • jeff a
    5/15/2014 - 10:27 a.m.

    that is very beautiful it like the hog warts the place when harry potter adventure i wise i was they to have fan over Tthey i wise the boy have fun over they.

  • squish4343
    5/15/2014 - 01:25 p.m.

    I love Harry Potter and I would love to go there someday. It seems like a fun ride and experience. I hate that it cost so much though. But I would really love to go there some day.

  • ThomasinIndigoQ4
    5/15/2014 - 02:41 p.m.

    I think it costs so much because so much effort time, and of course, thousands, maybe millions of dollars were put into it. It's something that will pay for itself, that's for sure! I really wish I could go to it.

  • Logv-DollLover
    5/15/2014 - 03:08 p.m.

    I can't wait till I go! I am going there in October. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I have watched all of the movies. I have been to Universal already 3 or 4 times. I think its totally worth it to go. Universal is way better than Walt Disney World.

  • Haley34333
    5/15/2014 - 03:29 p.m.

    It probablly will cost a lot because it's hard to get the hog wart items and parts for the ride and plus it's based on that bank the best bank you can think of really if you think it's going to be cheap then your crazy like for real you can't get anything based on harry potter without it being expensive