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Note to leakers: If you’re going to release a ton of secret information, do it when no one at the company you leaked it from is working.

That’s exactly what one website has done concerning The Wizarding World’s upcoming expansion and the new Gringotts ride.

A writer at Theme Park Insider got to see plans for Orlando’s Diagon Alley park, and he shared them online in GREAT detail.

Right off the bat he confirmed that the main attraction WILL be a Gringotts ride and it will be created where Jaws currently resides in Universal Studios.

Then he describes each area of the Gringotts ride. We’re pasting a good chunk of it here in case it’s taken down from the source site:

It looks like we can expect another elaborately themed walk-through queue tour, along the lines of what we got with Hogwarts Castle in the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From the “Entry Hall,” the queue appears to leave the building into shaded, then covered, areas before re-entering into the large “Bankers Hall.” The next room in the queue is “Vault Display,” then the “Reading Room.” From there it’s into what’s labelled “Office Hallway” before we reach “Bill Weasley’s Office.” The next feature is labelled “Elevators,” which take us up a level in order to cross over the ride tracks to access the center load island.

There are two load channels for the ride, with loading on the center island, and unloading off to the outsides. The ride vehicles are twin, 12-person, open-air cars, arranged in three rows of four. Each row is placed slightly higher than the row in front of it, in a “stadium seating” effect. The look of the cars is very Victorian, with individual lap bars and six Dolby speakers per seat for on-ride audio.

After the load platform, the two load channels merge to the south, then bearing to the left and entering Scene 1: “Turntable.” In this scene, you’ll face a brick wall, with two tunnel entrances, to the left and right. But before you proceed, the track below the first of the twin cars will drop from underneath that car. The track will come to rest at a 40-degree angle. Then, the track under the trailing car will begin to rise, matching the 40-degree angle of the leading car.

At that point, the two cars will drop in tandem into a third tunnel, below the tunnel on the right. Basically, we’ve just ridden a teeter-totter-like vertical track switch, attaching to the roller coaster track for our initial drop.

From there, we drop into Scene 2: “Dark Tunnel,” a kinetic ride section with a small bunny hop and a hard right turn before we hit a block brake in preparation for Scene 3: “Ledge.”

The Gringotts ride won’t be a traditional roller coaster. It appears to be a hybrid roller coaster and motion-base ride, a la Spider-Man and Transformers. There are 3D projection screens throughout the ride, embedded in the rockwork of the tunnel walls, creating an illusion of open space, within which we’ll watch battles taking place.

The first is in the Ledge scene, where some concept art shows a battle with wizards and giant-like creatures. The plans detail a shaker table under the track, and there’s a waterfall effect at the end of the scene, including a fogscreen and water spritzers.

There’s a slight free drop and turn to the left as we proceed through the waterfall, leading us into Scene 4: “Thief’s Downfall.” There are wind and heat effects in this scene, along with our first look at a dragon. Meanwhile, the ride’s making a chicane-type turn to the left, then the right.

That leads us immediately into Scene 5: “Sirius Black’s Vault.” We hit a fog blast before entering the vault, where we see illuminated treasure ahead. The car makes a turn to the right, where the physical show scenery opens up a bit, with a large vault area with a flat 3D projection screen along the far wall. We then bear to the left, turning into Scene 6: “Ruins.”

We’re curving to the right through the rubble of what looks like a collapsed tunnel in this scene, which leads us into Scene 7: “Chasm.” We’re inside a large projection cone for this scene, which appears to involve Harry, Ron, Hermoine and… could it be? Voldemort? (The concept art I saw wasn’t clear – it almost never is.) I do see a heat curtain and cold-air blast noted in this scene, though. (Shades of Revenge of the Mummy?)

From there, we launch into another dark tunnel (Scene 8), which banks up and around to the left, taking us into Scene 9: “Passage,” our finale, where Harry and company bid us farewell before we return to the load/unload platform.

And yes, we do exit through a retail shop.

You can read more and see alleged art depicting the ride cars right here (until it’s taken down – which we’d guess is very likely).

Universal announced earlier this month that they will be expanding Wizarding World Orlando. We had heard previously that the ride would take over the Jaws area at Universal Studios and be connected to the original Wizarding World via Hogwarts Express.

Thanks to our friends at Inside The Magic for the tip.

  • Leigh

    It sounds awesome!  I can’t wait to have an excuse to have another trip to Orlando.

  • Aimee

    Can’t wait! Sooooo excited. Hopefully I can make it too Florida

  • http://twitter.com/Celtise Celtise

    If only we didn’t have to wait for them to actually build it now!

  • Kikinc

    While I am incredibly excited, I’m a bit worried about them splitting the WWoHP into both US and IOA. I love Harry Potter, but I just don’t need to see it in both theme parks. I know most would enjoy seeing Harry Potter in it’s entirety by just paying for one park. But alas, good ol’ Mr.Universal is in charge.

    • Fravit

      it’s to get you to buy a park hopper and really it’s a smart move for universal. it would be a missed opportunity for them not to.

  • DreamNox58

    Impressive.

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen

    Whoa…awesome!

  • dancernerd77

    Wait… Bill Weasely’s office? Everyone who only watched the movies is going to be really confused. But they aren’t really fans anyway, so… :)

    • PotionWillow207

      I’m pretty sure we learn at some point in the movies that Bill works for Gringott’s, but I can’t be sure without watching them all over again…which would take awhile.

  • Clive

    I can’t help but be saddened that it isn’t an epic rollercoaster with multiple inversions, the Gringotts track and Carts from Deathly Hallows would certainly lend themselves to it but those cars don’t look capable of anything major. 

    • Morgan May

      These carts are just concept ideas, so everything could still change….

  • Soccergirl123

    I wonder if it goes upside down because I really hate roller coasters but love harry potter.  Can anybody else get to the link?

  • http://twitter.com/TSSD TSSD

    Just a note, these are in no way confirmed to be true. The discussion about wether or not this is true is just as interesting as the discussion on wether or not it is a good idea for an expansion.

  • Luna

    I cant’ wait!!!!!!!!!! I really want to go to Orlando and go to the park and go on every ride and every store, but this is the one ride i am extremely excited for!

  • Silverfirelizard16

    I went to HP World this summer…LOVED it. Absolutely breathtaking. I’m a huge roller coaster junkie, so I can’t wait for this new ride. Gringotts is such an amazing idea. And the two parks is not that bad. If I remember correctly, the ticket for both parks was just a little bit more expensive than the one (it was about 89 dollars for me to get into both). Universal Studios park is pretty cool, but I’m glad they are getting rid of Jaws. It was boring. Other awesome rides in that park are the Rockin’ Roller Coaster (I probably spelled it wrong) and the Mummy. If you get a chance, GO!

    Anybody know around when this section of the park will be open? I’ll have to go, but currently only LeakyCon is in the budget. 

    • PotionWillow207

      It’ll be a couple of years, I’m sure. They have to break down the old rides, then build these and integrate them into the existing WWoHP. That means that at least parts of it will close down at some point.

  • Mia

    looks like Andrew guessed it right on one episode of mugglecast. :) 

    • Eoin

      More like 9.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    sounds supermegafoxyawesomehot!

  • RaffC

    cant wait!!! but when will it be finished?!?!?!?!

  • Fravit

    holy crap this leak is awesome. christmas presents still arriving it seems.

  • http://twitter.com/myridehome Carla

    I feel like such a child but I’m extremely excited about this. I think the Gringotts ride would be better as a rollercoaster, but I’ll take what I can get.

  • Jacob

    This will be soooooo cool!

  • http://profiles.google.com/keaton.brower Keaton Brower

    I love that they’re doing Bill Weasley’s office. We’ve never even read about it in the books! It’ll be fascinating to see what it looks like.

  • Heather (MuggleCast)

    I rode the Jaws ride in 1995 and even then it felt old. Long past its prime now. This sounds amazing!

  • ProudtobeaBumblebee

    I read “six Dolby speakers” as “six Dobby speakers” and got very confused. 

    The ride sounds pretty interesting though, if not thrilling.

  • matt

    I was asked to take a survey after my last stay at Universal Orlando. It asked many questions regarding my possible interest in visiting “one, big park” rather than two seperate parks. I’m guessing Hogwart’s Express will connect the two, along with other connecting areas. No park-hopping will be required. It would make walking from Seus Landing to Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket a breeze. If only they would build boat docks at the parks’ entrances (instead of just one side of the canal)….. The walk from CityWalk to the park entrance is a bit extreme.

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