Five Awesome Ideas for “Potter” Theme Park Rides
Let’s get this out there first: We can count ourselves very, very lucky to have entire theme parks centered on our favorite book and movie series. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, for example, is a dream come true. And while we can already find many of our favorite Potter-related things there, like Ollivanders, the Flight of the Hippogriff ride, and butterbeer, there are so many more possibilities for amazing rides and experiences. Here are five that we would particularly love to see!
1. The Shrieking Shack Haunted House
Sure, we all know that the Shrieking Shack only got its nickname due to Remus Lupin going there to transform into a werewolf each month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play with all of the rumors surrounding it. How about a haunted house where you walk through the Shack in ominous silence, hearing odd noises in the distance and screams from around the corner? Put in a few jump scares and a great finale where a werewolf comes dangerously close, and boom, you’ve got a cool ride.
2. Ford Anglia Simulation
Bloopers show that Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint had a great time filming the scenes with the flying Ford Anglia at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Who says we can’t have that kind of fun too? A simulation ride where you get to fly the car straight to Hogwarts would be fun for adults and children alike. Make sure you aren’t spotted by any Muggles, stay ahead of the Hogwarts Express, and crash into the Whomping Willow with as much grace as possible. It’s sure to be a great adventure – and a great laugh – for everyone.
3. Indoor Boat Ride of the Lake
Nothing better than a good waterslide. But how cool would it be if we could combine that with an inside look into the Hogwarts lake? We could visit the mermaids, meet the giant squid, and try to keep enough of a distance from the grindylows. In between these lovely and sometimes scary moments, there could be surprising drops to make it even more exciting and turn the attraction into an indoor log ride.
4. Thestral Roller Coaster
This would be a hanging roller coaster, making it appear as if you’re flying through the air without anything beneath you. It could create a sensation similar to the one Hermione, Ron, and Ginny must’ve had when traveling to the Ministry of Magic on an invisible (to them) Thestral. Imagine if we could actually fly over parts of the Forbidden Forest and maybe see a glimpse of Grawp between the trees!
5. Laser Game Wand Practice
Interactive rides are always a blast – and this idea takes that literally. Taking out cardboard Death Eaters with your own laser wand sounds like a great deal of fun, doesn’t it? You could compete for the high score, work in teams, and walk through an actual miniature version of Hogwarts’ hallways while you’re scouting for enemies to jinx. Perhaps it could even work with different kinds of spells, depending on what movement you make with your wand!
These are five possible attractions that we would definitely love to experience in the future in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (or any other Potter-related theme park!). What is your favorite? Is there any ride you thought of yourself and would love to share? Let us know!