Guests Forced to Evacuate as Universal’s Iconic ‘Harry Potter’ Attraction Breaks Down

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Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventures is home to eight different themed lands: Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, The Lost Continent, and Suess Landing.

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Out of these eight lands, none is as popular as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which includes the village of Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts castle itself.

This theme park land’s signature dark ride attraction is none other than Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located within the Hogwarts Castle.

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This Harry Potter ride is easily one of the most intricate dark ride attractions out there, with audio-animatronics, screens, and a totally unique ride vehicle that truly takes Guests into the Wizarding World.

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During this attraction, Guests face off against some of Harry Potter’s greatest foes besides Lord Voldemort. It’s thrilling, exciting, and immersive, making it a must-ride attraction for many fans.

However, one Guest recently had an unusually bad experience while riding the Harry Potter ride.

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In this social media post, the Guest describes getting stuck on the attraction in an incredibly uncomfortable position, making it very hard for him to breathe. To make matters worse, it was an entire hour before employees were able to help them evacuate.

Unfortunately, when an attraction has as many moving parts as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, technical difficulties can be especially inconvenient, making ride evacuations arduous.

In the end, the Guest and his family made it out alright, but not without deciding not to ride the attraction ever again!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.