Universal Studios Hollywood removes 3D from Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

As Inside Universal reported earlier this week, guests can now experience Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey without the use of 3D glasses. The ride’s media and projectors have now been configured for 2D. Guests are no longer given 3D glasses as a result of the recent modification to the ride.

When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter debuted earlier this year at Universal Studios Hollywood, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was initially touted as the first domestic 3D iteration of the popular Harry Potter attraction. Universal Studios Japan, meanwhile, was the first Forbidden Journey attraction to use 3D worldwide.

While the bulk of the ride remains the same, we’ve noticed the lack of Quidditch goggles has brightened the guest experience, allowing us to see several ride vehicles ahead alongside several mechanical set pieces. With that in mind, our readers have also reported darkened scenes, which may indicate that Universal is still continuing to modify and calibrate the attraction’s lighting package to accommodate the lack of 3D glasses.

In another minor detail, the attraction’s pre-recorded spiel instructing guests to return their 3D Quidditch goggles to Hogwarts students has also been removed.

» We want to hear from you – share your Forbidden Journey experience in the comments below!

Since the attraction appears to be undergoing some slight ongoing modifications, we’d like to hear about your experiences. Do you feel the ride experience is brighter (or darker) post-2D conversation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jonathan Green is a managing editor of Inside Universal. He currently resides in Santa Clarita, California, and may be reached at jonathan@insideuniversal.net.

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