ORLANDO, Fla. - 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 officially announced Tuesday that the ride, scheduled to open this summer, will be called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts."
In a post on YouTube, Universal said, "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will be the signature ride of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley. It will be a groundbreaking, multi-dimensional thrill ride that will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the Gringotts vaults."
"You come face-to-face with Bellatrix," said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of Universal Creative Studios. "She sends us deeper into Gringotts Bank, where we eventually survive the security detail. We end up falling down deeper into the bank toward where the dragon is."
Among the features of the new ride: a 60-foot, fire breathing dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank, a labyrinth of Gringotts vaults and a marble hall with goblins.
The ride will use 360-degree themed sets, digital high-definition animation, 3-D projection systems and live special effects.
The new themed area will be located at Universal Studios Park.
A specific opening date has not been announced.
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