At the time the 3-D feature was eliminated, park representatives declined to explain the reason. But several riders and theme park enthusiasts had said the Forbidden Journey ride made them nauseated.
Visual 3-D effects have been in use for years in other Universal Studios attractions, such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Transformers the Ride: 3-D and King Kong 360: 3-D. But the Harry Potter ride’s sense of motion can feel extreme as seats are lifted and tilted dramatically while riders watch moving images on a wraparound screen.
Universal Studios Hollywood officials now say they had long planned to convert the 3-D technology in the ride to 4K-HD.
“We continually evaluate our attractions and made intentional enhancements to the Forbidden Journey ride to effectively transition from 3-D to state-of-the-art 4K-HD at 120 frames per second, which is double the original film’s speed,” park spokeswoman Audrey Eig said. “As a progressive theme park, we determined the increased frame rate would offer an even more intense and immersive experience for our guests.”