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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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You would have to be confident to call yourself, “The Entertainment Capital of Los Angeles.”

Or magical. And Universal Studios Hollywood is both.

In April they add a magical attraction, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” More than five years in the making, this re-created world will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogsmeade and Hogwarts castle.

The world of AV, magical to us, is also now magical to theme park ride builders. Calling it “an achievement in theme park ride technology,” Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will feature hyper-realistic 3D-HD technology designed to immerse guests in an already engaging storyline.

The multidimensional thrill ride features a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects.

In this updated adaptation of the ride, guests wear Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles as they venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track on a whirlwind adventure of a lifetime.

As the guests fly out of one of the Observatory's arches, the ride smoothly switches to a wrap-around projection screen and they follow Harry Potter and Ron Weasley around Hogwarts' buildings and towers to a Quidditch match.

Our favourite part is when Dementors emerge from the darkness to attempt to suck out the rider's souls. Can anyone experience this and not imagine the Tax Man?

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