The Harry Potter Ride in Universal Studios Japan Just Got An Upgrade

For starters, you can say goodbye to 3D glasses.

Universal Studios Japan
2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka City
Contact: +81-570-20-0606
Open daily but hours differ depending on the day.
Fee: ¥7,900 for adults
How to get there: It’s a 3-minute walk from JR Universal City Station. 

For the past five years, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Complete Edition ride has been dubbed the best ride in Universal Studios Japan. And now that new updates have been rolled out, fans of the ride can expect to have an even more magical experience. 

While the story hasn’t changed, the visual effects team has made everything amazingly clear and smooth, giving the 3D images more depth. In fact, there’s no need to wear 3D glasses anymore.

The fire-breathing dragon’s flames are very realistic.

Dark creatures called Dementors feel eerily real.

The tweaks in visual effects also mean that everything is now doubly realistic. A fire-breathing dragon hits you with “flames,” and when Dementors approach, you’ll actually feel cold air wrapping around your whole body.

This is an experience every Harry Potter fan should have at least once in their life!

Holding on with sweaty hands for a thrilling adventure

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walker Plus™, and Kansai Walker™ (22 March 2018)

All images are provided by Universal Studios Japan. HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.(s18)

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