Muggle Born's Guide to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journeyby Jeff Kober, contributing writer
Finally! My apologies to all those who waited for this article. I won't offer excuses, only to say that we're glad to have finally brought it to you.
Earlier, in Part One, we offered a Muggle Born's Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There we toured Hogsmeade Village, a main street in Islands of Adventure that incorporates elements of Diagon Alley. This is part two of that article, which takes all of you Muggles through a guided tour of the queue in the castle at Hogwarts.
Since opening in the Summer of 2010, millions have seen Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Still, some quickly blew through the queue and were not able to really study the details. Others spent considerable time in the queue, but didn't know what it all meant. And then there are the rest of you who have yet to experience it. If the queue extends outside the building, you will easily spend at least 75-plus minutes. Much of that time is well-spent, especially if you appreciate the stories and the details of the Harry Potter books and movies. But if you're a Muggle that doesn't quite have that insight, then this is the article for you.
The moment you enter the castle you are encouraged to take any belongings you have and place them in a locker. That same locker will be accessible as you exit the attraction. Once you've taken advantage of that complimentary service, you proceed into the castle, where you find the following details:
Keep an eye out for this dragon skeleton found high above in the classroom. You'll recall that Gilderoy Lockhart released a cage of pixies and created havoc with this skeleton in the movie. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
There are others who have detailed the ride experience itself. I won't take the time here, plus I don't want to spoil the experience too much. It is an excellent ride system with great details and effects. Moreover, it's very true to the stories and experiences of Harry Potter. Is it the best attraction on earth? No. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man is probably better in that it provides a greater sense of destination. They use a lot of projection in Harry Potter—perhaps too much. I think that's a miss. I still personally prefer an experience like Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, which feels like it has taken you into an entirely new world. Still, don't miss Harry Potter. It is worth taking, and it is a new class of attraction ride system.
And if you love the book and films...well...you are in for a real treat!