Did Times staff writer Sean Daly break the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando?
During a press event Wednesday at Diagon Alley, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts was suffering the kind of tech glitches not even Dumbledore could fix. (Oh, we're getting tired of Potter references already.) A few guests made it through the entire indoor steel coaster that blends 3D effects and state-of-the-art trickery, although reports were that things weren't working too well for them, either.
But the whole thing went kaput for Daly after about 30 seconds. After a series of dark, swooshing turns and a gut-buckling drop (after a 3D Helena Bonham Carter a.k.a. Bellatrix Lestrange zapped the car) the ride stopped. Eventually, park employees had to free Daly & Co. and walk them through the attraction's underbelly.
At least the queue — which features animatronic goblins in a lush bank lobby and a tingly elevator ride "nine miles down" — is awesome. No word from Universal on when the ride will be working again — or whether Daly will be invited back.