Fans waited 10 hours for new Hagrid-themed roller coaster and they aren't even mad about it

Jun 17 2019, 6:12 pm

Strap yourselves in, Muggles — your favourite half-giant is about to take you on a magical ride!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the newest ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is now open to the public and it is epic.

So epic, in fact, that fans waited up to ten hours to take the ride on opening day (June 13), as reported by WFTV.

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But when you’re a diehard Potterhead, the adventure is worth the wait! The general consensus by audiences was a positive one.


Known as the first-ever “story coaster,” the highly themed ride transports passengers far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts and deep into the Forbidden Forest, where the most elusive magical creatures await (cue Harry Potter theme music — doo doo doo doo).

Some familiar faces stopped by the grand opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, including stars of the Harry Potter films Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

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Harry Potter cast members at grand opening. (Universal Orlando)

Watch the witches and wizards kick off the new adventure by casting a “Wingardium Leviosa” spell — plus a special message from Robbie Coltrane, AKA Rubeus Hagrid himself!

Here’s what HP fans can expect out of the ride, as shared on Universal Orlando’s blog:

  • Board magical motorbikes – riding on either the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar – and venture to the Forbidden Forest, featuring more than 1,200 trees.
  • Come face-to-face with 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, Blast-Ended Skrewts – a creature that’s never been seen in the films – and more
  • Encounter Hagrid himself as the most life-like animated figure Universal Orlando has ever created.
  • Become entangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and unexpectedly free-fall nearly 17 feet to escape the perilous plant.
  • Feel the freedom of flight as you ascend above the trees, rapidly accelerate through the ruins, speed forward – and backward – up to 50 mph and more.

 

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To combat lengthy lines, the Official Universal Orlando Resort App is now offering a Virtual Line system to ensure you get transported out of the Dursley’s cupboard and into Hagrid’s magical world in an orderly fashion. Until apparition is an option, of course.

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