Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringotts Details Revealed Today

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It is really imagine that the London Embankment of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley will soon welcome guests as they prepared to ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Earlier today the Universal Orlando Resort revealed some photos and video that shared some details about Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts that are amazing.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

In Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts riders join Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they break into one of the most guarded places in the wizarding world, Gringotts Bank, to retrieve a magical object that will help defeat Lord Voldemort. It is going to be like jumping into the movie, and I have goosbumps just thinking about it!!!

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

During the attraction you will be able to tour Gringotts bank and pass through the marble hall where you’ll see goblins hard at work, race through a labyrinth of underground Gringotts vaults, and encounter the villainous Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange, as she attempts to send you to your doom

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory attraction that has thrills integrated with revolutionary technology.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The attraction utilizes 360-degree themed sets, 4K digital high-definition animation, state-of-the-art 3-D Infitec projection systems, and live special effects with appearances by beloved characters to create breathtaking moments from the Harry Potter books and films.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will change the way you think about theme park attractions,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “We’ve created an entirely new type of ride that propels guests into the story like never before, and guests will remember it long after their visit to Diagon Alley.”

Working closely with Stuart Craig and his production team, Universal’s Creative Team has built an attraction that looks beyond amazing.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The things that I am most excited about seeing are the 60 foot, firebreathing Unkranian Ironbelly dragon that will sit atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley, the goblin animatronics, and coming face-to-face with He Who Must Not Be Named.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

No opening date has been set for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, but we will definitely let you know as soon as we do!!!

Until then make sure you are tuning into the the Today Show from today until May 18, 2014, because they are giving away 25 trips to be at the Grand Opening! You can find all the information you need about the contest here!

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

And if that’s not enough to keep you excited, here are a few pictures that I snapped yesterday of the London Embankment construction. The work that they are doing is gorgeous!!!

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Exploring The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Sign

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the final and centerpiece attraction of New Fantasyland to open on May 28th at the Magic Kingdom, and I was almost giddy with anticipation to ride at the Walt Disney World Mine Train Event.

Not long after I moved to Orlando, construction began on New Fantasyland and having the opportunity to experience this attraction after watching it being built was amazing.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family coaster that oozes charm with mild thrills (between Big Thunder Mountain and Barnstormer), an entertaining interactive queue, and story that not only showcases the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but next generation animatronics that are stunning.

When you first walk up to the Seven Dwarf Mine Train, the first thing that you notice is just how beautiful the queue is! The pathway is lined with trees (and fans) to help give some shade while you wait, and at night the area is lit just enough so you can see while not taking away from how a forest would feel at night.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage

Hands down my absolute favorite part of the queue are the three interactive areas, which you find once you have entered the mine’s wooden tunnel.

Doc has prepared a series of mining stations for us to explore while we are waiting.

  • Jewel Sorting – Follow Doc’s instructions, etched into a nearby plank, and help match jewels by color and shape as they flow down a wooden trough—a.k.a. dozens of touch-screen video displays. Watch out for the slippery bars of soap that appear out of no where!!!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Jewel Washing

  • Jewel Washing – After the jewels are sorted, grab ahold of a musical water spigot and start cleaning. Each spigot plays its own melody—heed Doc’s tips and you may hear a collection of familiar tunes! When you are running your hands under the spigots, it helps to think of it as playing a harp rather than holding your hand under a tap.
  • The Vault – Inside the door of the mountain, enter the center of the vault to find a collection of wooden barrels overflowing with glowing stones. Turn each barrel to see the ceiling above you transformed, and get all of the barrels going at once for a really great surprise.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Signs

If you are using FastPass+ for this attraction, which is already available on My Disney Experience, you will skip all of these interactive elements and hop right in after The Vault. If it is a slower day or if you have time, I would totally suggest taking the scenic route.

Once you have made it to The Vault, you will notice that you are in the mine! Once your eyes adjust to the darkness make sure to a moment to look around, because the detail that has been lovingly poured into this attraction is amazing! The carved wood and miner’s equipment laying around is such a great touch.

Well, now we have come to the part that we have all been waiting on for many a long year…and that is the ride itself!

The first thing I noticed about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is that loads quickly and efficiently. You can bring your bags on the ride, and there is a reasonably sized pouch if you would like to use it to stow your items.

The ride doesn’t waste any time, going right into twists and turns that really put a spotlight on the innovative mine train cars.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Front Car

The track is definitely designed with the rocking motion of the mine train cars in mind, but just because they sway doesn’t mean that this is a bumpy ride by any means. There are five cars per train, and there is a difference in where you ride. The first two cars are probably my favorite, because you can feel the sway the most and get the most visually from the track.  Cars two and three are much more mild on the rocking, but the fourth car steps it up a little. And the final car is just a lot of fun, because you are whipped all over the track while rocking at a steady pace.

In the middle of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train you head inside to the mine, where you are greeted with some stunning animatronics! Their new animated faces are amazing, and their movement is fluid and wonderful.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Animatronic

And before you know it, you are being called back to work whizzing down the most thrilling drop of the coaster before heading into some fun curves.

The ride ends with a familiar scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that features pieces from Snow White’s Scary Adventure. I don’t want to talk too much about the end of the ride, because it is a great cherry on top of what is already a solid ride.

If I do have a ‘Best Tip’ for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, it is that you should definitely ride it at night. On my nighttime rides I felt like the queue was more stunning, the animatronics popped more, and the views of New Fantasyland from the coaster are great!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage at Dusk

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a solid attraction, with mild thrills and memorable moments. I cannot wait for everyone to take a spin!

Can’t wait for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to open on May 28th? Check out the Miners Wanted Game, and then you can get your own Miners Handbook!

Disclaimer: I was an invited by the Walt Disney World Resort to receive a sneak peek at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as part of a media event, however all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Epcot Summer Experiences

 Epcot

If you are looking for a way to step up your experience at Epcot this summer, you won’t be disappointed by the experiences and concerts that you will find in the park!

The IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party offers a sweet ending to your day, the After Hours Wind Down are great new way for adults to experience and explore the park, and the ‘Sounds Like Summer’ concert series returns.

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party

Epcot

Held weekly Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 7:45 pm to 9:20 pm, the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party celebrates the countries and cuisine of the nations in the World Showcase.

The cost of the party is $49 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $29 for children (ages 3-9), and includes unlimited desserts and drinks.

The IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party is held at the World Showcase Plaza, between the Port of Entry and Disney Traders Gift Shops, but can be moved inside in case of inclement weather.

The Menu, subject to change, features sweets from the various Epcot pavilions:

  • Italy -Tiramisu
  • France – Vanilla Pot de Crème
  • United Kingdom – Shortbread Cookies
  • Morocco – Traditional Baklava
  • American Adventure – Sugar Dusted Cronis with Strawberry Sauce and Whipped Cream
  • Disney Parks Ice Cream Novelties
  • Lemonade, water, coffee, and teas
  • Sparkling wine from Washington State and Prosecco from Italy.

Here are some things to know about the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party:

  • Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit by calling 407-WDW-PLAY
  • An Event Party Ticket is required when participating in the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party.
  • To check-in for this event, please meet the greeting Cast Member at World Showcase Plaza, directly next to Port of Entry and adjacent to the Mexico Pavilion.
  • The IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party venue is uncovered and seating is not available. In the event of inclement weather, the dessert portion will take place at an alternate indoor location. A Cast Member will direct you to the alternate location at the time of check-in. You may call (407) 560-7377 after 5:30 PM for recorded weather information.
  • Please note that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth may be changed or canceled without prior notice due to inclement weather.

Epcot After Hours Wind Down

Epcot

After the finale of IllumiNations, you don’t have to rush out of the park thanks to the Epcot After Hours Wind Down.

Weekly Thursday through Sunday from 9:20 pm to 11:00 pm, you can experience the park and one of four authentic lounges in an exclusive event where the Epcot Chefs and Sommeliers have created specialty beverage flights that perfectly pair with food offerings.

The locations included in the Epcot After Hours Wind Down are:

  • La Cava del Tequila (Mexico),
  • Spice Road Table (Morocco),
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy),
  • Rose & Crown Pub (United Kingdom)

For $35 per person (ages 21 and up)/per location (tax and gratuity not included), you will get a selection of appetizers and one beverage flight. There is a cash bar option available to purchase additional beverages, however the kitchens do not offer a full menu option.

Here are some things to know about the Epcot After Hours Wind Down:

  • Admission to Epcot is required and is not included in the price of the after-hours lounge.
  • Each nightly celebration begins immediately after the conclusion of evening fireworks.
  • An event ticket is required for all nights when participating in Epcot After Hours Wind Down.
  • Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
  • This event takes place in participating lounges only. All other Epcot offerings—including attractions and entertainment—will not be available.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series 

Epcot

This summer Epcot brings back the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series where you can hear some of your favorite classic songs from high-energy tribute bands. 

Performing hits from U2, Journey, Boston, and more, seven acts will take the stage in June and July at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase.

This year’s concert line up includes:

  • June 8-14:  Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6 to 12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13 to 19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20 to 26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2

Show times are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.  Sounds Like Summer concerts are included with Epcot admission (Entertainment subject to change without notice).

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