Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando Opening in 2019

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – say that three times fast. Not only a tongue-twister, but a twist of roller coaster track opening at Universal Orlando resort in June 2019. We’ve had scant information on what was replacing the popular Dragon Challenge dueling coasters at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, until today. Alan Gilmore, Art Director of the Harry Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter joined Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series) to share details on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Continue reading for what we learned about the new roller coaster opening June 13, 2019.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

Initially, Universal Orlando Resort announced Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure would be a “new generation of thrill ride” and the “most highly-themed coaster experience” they’ve ever created. Ever since Dragon Challenge closed in 2017, online speculation was rampant that this “perfect addition to Hogsmeade” could be the Forbidden Forest. An area strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, the Forbidden Forest is full of magical creatures including centaurs, unicorns, Acromantula (gigantic spiders), and more. The Foribben Forest played a large role in many Harry Potter books and films, and the Forbidden Forest film set was just opened to visitors on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour outside of London.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter London

Forbidden Forst section of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter London, photo by Dave Parfitt

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure begins when guests (starting at 48″ tall) join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and board magical motorbikes specially designed to make them feel the freedom of flight. Guests will either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar as they embark on a journey that will bring them closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. But as they make their way through the Forbidden Forest…things don’t go as planned. During the adventure, guests will:

  • Experience a freewheeling coaster flight where they’ll twist, turn and rush forward – and backward – at speeds up to 50 mph into the dark forest
  • Encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures, such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog – and even a creature that’s never been seen in the films
  • Hurl past challenging obstacles, become entangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and so much more …while encountering a few surprises along the way.

To create the Forbidden Forest, over 1,200 live trees were planted at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park to immerse guests in the story and innovative coaster technology. Watch the complete video below for all the information and details.

We had the opportunity to meet Alan Gilmore during the Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Orlando Resort. The kind Irishman happened to be sitting by himself in our Hogwarts Express car at the end of a long evening. When I introduced myself to him and my daughters, Alan grabbed my phone to take a selfie with us and then proceeded to show us around his Wizarding World.

Alan Gilmore

Alan Gilmore with the author and family at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter event

During our personal guided tour, he paused to point out the album covers in the London shop window outside Diagon Alley. “Manstamp” was his own tribute album as all the plans had to get the art director’s seal of approval before moving forward.

Alan Gilmore

Art Director Alan Gilmore points out “his” album cover at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, photo by Dave Parfitt

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.