You cannot help but be mesmerized by the dragon atop Gringott’s. It honestly is breathtaking. Walking through the brick wall into Diagon Alley one ‘s attention is immediately pulled to the sky. Best of all is the fact that he actually breathes fire every, well somewhere between 15-30 minutes. Which explains not, why I never captured a picture of this sight. Fear not I am heading back next week and have a list of must take pictures.
Before entering the Escape from Gringott’s ride you need to stop in and exchange your money. Small clarification you don;t have to change your money but you should stop in. If you do opt to get rid of your muggle money you can spend your coin in and around the park. To the left of Gringotts is a small shop where you can go and exchange your muggle money for real Wizarding money that can be used in the park! Here you will find a goblin that will actually talk and answer your questions as you exchange your money, It is rather cool chatting to a Goblin teller at least for this Potter Fan.
Escape from Gringott’s
This ride can get a very long line in the busier periods,my recommendation is head here first. The ride queue takes you on a tour of Gringotts, including getting up close and personal with some rather foreboding looking goblins, before you take a trip through the Gringotts vaults. Like all of the rides in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, the longer the line the better the experience. I mean they have taken a lot of time to really make you feel part of Harry Potter.
The experience starts the second you get into line. You first wind your way through the top of Gringotts, which is built to full scale with the marble pillars and perfectly detailed goblins weighing gold coins and exchanging money. Once again, the attention to detail was amazing.
The Journey Continues into the Vault
Once you were through the main part of the bank, you wound your way down to the bank offices, where your photo was taken for your “visitor pass.” The offices all had names on the doors and once in a while, a light would turn on in the office and you could see the silhouette of a goblin walking around or working at his desk.
After getting through the offices, small groups were brought into a room where your adventure officially started. In front of the room was a comfortable looking office and a 3D Bill Weasley and Griphook were projected into the office, walking around and talking about having to go to the bank. They invite you along for a tour, so you move into an “elevator” to get down to the mine cars. The floor and sides of the wall move up and down in bumpy motions, so it feels like you are descending down a deep shaft into the depths below Gringotts. Once your elevator ride is finished, you exit into a cavern that leads you up to the mine carts that take you on the ride. Pay attention to your surroundings you never know who you might “overhear”
The ride itself is 4D and basically you experience everything Harry did. I cannot wait to get back. This was probably my favourite ride although I hate playing favourites so I will give equal shout outs to the others soon.
Discover the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
As a very serious Harry Fan I thought I would try and gather all of the awesomeness together. Check back frequeently as I explore more of what the Park has to offer.
5 Secret Gems before leaving London it is time to explore.
Don’t forget to check out Hogsmeade,
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Hagrid’s Hut and the Flight of the Hippogriff
The Forbidden Journey