Monday, April 6, 2015

Escape From Gringotts

[Photos by Sara]
Escape From Gringotts; the steel, 3D rollercoaster at Diagon Alley (Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida), was THE thing in 2014 and Sara and I got to ride it! The 120+ minutes of wait time (yes! we were in line for more than two hours and it rained on us too!) was all worth it. 
Gringotts Bank is the building that hosts the giant, majestic, fierce fire-breathing dragon. The bank's architecture is simply beautiful! There are the Greek pillars, and the front of the building gives the impression of irregular, leaning. It was just like in the movie when Harry sees Gringotts for the first time. 
The grand lobby has these beautiful chandeliers. The black marble pillars, the marble flooring, and the goblins perched on high desks on either side are right out of the movie too! 
So, the queue (the 120+ minutes one) moves through the bank lobby after what seems like ages. The longer portion of the wait is outside, going all the way behind the bank building and winding in multiple lanes.  You get to see the animated bank goblins working on either side. 


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