Details emerge about new Harry Potter ride

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 7:04 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — 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 announced Tuesday that the ride will be called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts."

The ride and the themed area will open in the summer.

Among the features of the new ride: a 60-foot 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.

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