Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts in Universal Studios Florida

 A dragon is perched on the top of Gringotts Bank.

A dragon is perched on the top of Gringotts Bank.

Ride Type

3-D / 4-D Harry Potter themed ride

Location

The Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida (USF). Find it by looking for the gigantic fire-breathing dragon on top of the building.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Ride Description

The Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride begins with a stroll into the enormous, marble lobby of Gringott's bank. The line weaves through the bank, giving everyone an opportunity to take in the sights, including a magnificent chandelier that hangs from the ceiling and carts of gold bricks. The two walls that run the length of the lobby are manned by animatronic Goblin tellers that almost give you the chills when they look up from their work and stare directly into your eyes. 

After exiting the lobby, you are led into another part of the bank that features Goblin portraits and old copies of the Daily Prophet (a wizarding newspaper). You'll get your photo taken before experiencing two pre-shows of sorts. The first involves a chat with Bill Weasley and Blordak, a Goblin banker. The second takes place in a simulated elevator that takes you into the depths of the bank where the vaults are located. The floor of the elevator bounces a little, so don't feel surprised if your legs feel a bit wobbly as you exit.

 Gringotts Bank is located in Diagon Alley. It's height and placement make it a focal point for the rest of the space.

Gringotts Bank is located in Diagon Alley. It's height and placement make it a focal point for the rest of the space.

Next, you'll hop aboard the ride vehicles, which look a bit like coal cars. Then, the actual ride begins. You'll experience a few wild roller coaster movements, unexpected stops and a lot of 3-D action. There is at least one part of the ride that never fails to elicit gasps and screams from everyone on board. You'll also see quite a few Wizarding World characters along the way, including a few good guys and a few bad guys. 

When the ride ends, you'll exit into Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, which sells a fair amount of apparel and other items like quills, parchment, and wax seals. If you look up at the ceiling of this shop, you'll see a lot of interesting baubles, including telescopes that are made from brass pieces that were part of the old Jaws ride.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts  Ride History

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the flagship ride of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. The ride opened with the rest of the Diagon Alley section in July of 2014. Some of the space now taken up by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley and the surrounding London area was previously occupied by the Jaws ride and Amity Harbor. The Jaws attraction closed in January 2012 and was demolished shortly afterward. 

Express Pass

Express Passes are accepted at Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

 Animatronic goblins work in the Gringotts Bank.

Animatronic goblins work in the Gringotts Bank.

Single Rider Line

Yes, a single rider line is available, and it is significantly shorter than the regular line. This single rider line does skip some parts of the attraction, including the pre-shows.

Child Swap

Available 

Height Restrictions

The minimum height requirement for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is 42 inches. Guests between 42 and 48 inches require supervision.

Accessibility

Guests must be able to transfer from a wheelchair or electric conveyance vehicle (ECV) to seats in the ride vehicle.

Ride Restrictions

Loose items are not allowed on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. You will need to store bags and other loose items in the free lockers provided outside of Gringotts bank before entering the line. If the wait time for the ride is 30 minutes or more, this free locker area can become very congested. If possible, leave some of the people in your party outside of the locker room while you store the goods.

 When the Gringotts dragon breathes fire, you can feel the heat when standing on the street below.

When the Gringotts dragon breathes fire, you can feel the heat when standing on the street below.

UO Fan Guide Ride Tip

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is one of the more popular rides in Universal Studios Florida. Lines can be long, particularly during peak seasons and other busy times. Try riding very early in the morning or very late in the day to avoid all of the people. Alternatively, you can use the single rider line (and risk not riding with your companions) to glide past people in the regular line. 

UO Fan Guide Mini Review of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a really fun ride and a must-do when you visit Universal Studios Florida. Some guests argue that it is not quite as good overall as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (located in Islands of Adventure), but Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts has its moments. The queue alone, which takes guests through the magnificent lobby of Gringotts bank, is worth the visit. It is arguably the most well-done queue in Universal Studios Florida. When you visit, be sure to keep your eyes on the very large dragon perched on top of Gringotts bank; he periodically breathes fire - and it is quite the sight to see!

UO Guest Reviews Of Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringotts

I went into this with high expectations and was not disappointed. First off, the dragon on top of the outside is just awesome. Second, the queue is flawless,. Finally, the ride is exciting. I will ride this every time I visit the parks.
— Paul B.
The queue for this ride is really fantastic. It’s fun to be able to walk into Gringotts Bank. I like watching the Goblins move. The chandelier is beautiful! Once you leave the lobby though, the queue gets duller. There is a long stretch of hallway with not much to look at except a few portraits and newspapers. But my least favorite part of the queue is a spiral staircase that you must climb after you get off the elevator simulation. The ride itself is really cool. The carts move in unique ways. The 3-D is well done. Some parts of the ride are more exciting than others, but overall this is a great theme park experience.
— Janice D.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Image Gallery

This image gallery features pictures of the inside and outside of Gringott's Bank in Diagon Alley.

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