ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal Orlando Resort will take visitors into Gringotts bank to help retrieve a magical object and re-create a scene from the wildly popular book and movie series.
Universal executives announced Tuesday that 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 — called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley — will open in the summer. It will double the size of the Harry Potter landscape in the park.
Among the features of the new ride: 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.
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