We had the great honor of being invited out to Universal Orlando Resort to discover the brand new roller coaster for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! This brand new roller coaster combines seven launches, sharp twists and turns, speeds up to 50mph, and the 1st Free-fall vertical drop in the United States! This coaster is (in my opinion) the best ride at Universal Orlando, the best coaster in Orlando, and perhaps one of the “beast” experiences in Florida (currently until August 29th when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios).
Just about nine years ago, the first Wizarding World opened at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park and featured the village of Hogsmeade and of course Hogwarts Castle. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure replaces the old Dragon Challenge roller coaster (or better known pre-Wizarding World as Dueling Dragons). The new coaster takes on many technological advances as well as many physical sets and practical effects throughout the ride. Riders will see several audio animatronic figures, experience 7 launches on the ride, an unexpected 17 foot vertical free fall drop, and be catapulted 65 feet in the air at more than a 70 degree angle then immediately be dropped backward in one movement. This roller coaster is unlike anything anyone has ever experienced before! Fair warning: spoilers are up ahead so continue reading at your own risk!
Once riders are ready, they will enter a castle to begin their experience! They’ll first meet Professor Hagrid and Arthur Weasley as they are bewitching Sirius Black’s motorbike for the riders. See our video of this incredible pre-show below!
Afterwards, riders will follow the pathways through the castle taking them down to the stables where they will board Sirius’s motorbike which has been multiplied in order to allow many to ride. Please note that the ride does have certain body dimension restrictions that may not allow certain guests to ride. Prior to boarding you’ll have the opportunity to test a vehicle to see if you fit. We have a video of the ride vehicle and the constantly moving loading platform below for closer inspection.
Once you board Sirius Black’s motorbike, you’re off for your journey through the Hogwarts grounds.
First, you’ll arrive in another stable like setting where Hagrid appears (in Audio Animatronic form) with a Blast-ended skrewt. The creature was written for the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book, but until now fans have not seen its physical form as it was never shown in the motion pictures. The Hagrid Audio Animatronic figure is perhaps the best animatronic figure Universal Creative has made to date. I found it so life-like, and thought the actor Robbie Coltrane was really there!
Afterwards, guests take off throughout the rest of the grounds. They’ll encounter more creatures including Cornish Pixies and a massive Fluffy, the three-headed dog from from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Guests are then propelled forward 65 feet into the air at a 70 degree angle and then immediately drop backward propelling them into the Forbidden Forest.
Inside the Forbidden Forest, riders will see a Centaur as they back up even further and get entangled into the Devil’s Snare. If Harry Potter fans remember from Sorcerer’s Stone, there is only one way out of the Devil’s Snare and that’s to remain calm and shout the incantation “Lumos” to scare the plant from the light!
This is where riders will free-fall vertically down 17 feet. This section is unlike anything anyone has ever experienced before! The sensation is somewhat similar to Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, but shorter and quicker. If you blink, it’ll be over!
Riders are then propelled forward again as they head back to the stables and the unload from the ride. But before their journey is over they’ll get a look at one more magical creature, a unicorn! The roller coaster is a one of a kind experience and is probably the best coaster in Florida! Everyone that rode the coaster kept saying great things about it, and I found nobody (personally) that said anything negative on the coaster! From an operational perspective, the capacity seems to be amazing on this and will handle many guests each hour of operation! I foresee the ride having many technical problems over its first few months or year, but I am fine with that because this ride is unique and has never been done before. They will of course have technical problems and delays, so be patient and know that the experience is well worth the wait! When you experience Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, be sure to let us know what you think!
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