Universal Orlando Resort Reveals New Experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Today, Universal Orlando revealed the name and opening date for the highly-anticipated, new coaster coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will feature the most highly-themed coaster yet! For the first time ever, guests will fly with Hagrid on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the path of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures! The new attraction will be located on the Hogsmeade side of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World, in the Islands of Adventure park. The new roller coaster replaces the former Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge ride, which operated at Islands of Adventure from 1999 to September 2017.
Universal offered few details on the new attraction, but we now knows the ride will be a two-seat roller coaster, with the cars taking the shape of Hagrid’s famous motorbike, left to him by Sirius Black! Guests will be able to sit on the motorbike or in the sidecar. Along the way, they will see “some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures,” which are expected to be represented as animatronics (as opposed to 3D screens). The track has no giant hills or upside-down loops, but does feature multiple launches and innovative maneuvers, including vertical and backwards segments, along with an indoor elevator-style drop. While the ride focuses on Hagrid’s role in the magizoology world, the tie-in to such beasts is reminiscent of the Wizarding World’s current movie series, Fantastic Beasts.
A quick timeline of The Wizarding World openings at Universal Orlando:
- 2010: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened with Hogsmeade
- 2014: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida
- 2014: Hogwarts Express opened connecting both of the attractions, providing guests the opportunity to board the iconic train and relive Harry’s unforgettable journey. In doing so, Universal Orlando has created the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience.
- 2019: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure roller coaster
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is set to open on June 13, 2019. However, technical rehearsal previews (soft open) could happen in the days or weeks leading up to the opening date.
Are you excited to ride? Let us know on our socials and stay tuned as more details about the incredible new experience will be revealed right here in March! For tickets and more information, visit the official Universal Orlando website here.
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