Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Kate K.

I don’t usually write about Harry Potter, it’s not my magical cup of tea, to be honest. But I have to say, the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is probably one of the most immersive rollercoasters I’ve ever seen.

A New Trend for Universal

Universal had been getting quite a bit of backlash in the last few years about the massive amount of screens they’ve been using in their rides. Now in some cases, this is a good thing, like the windows in Hogwarts Express, or Flight of Passage in Pandora. Some people complained of headaches, others said the park had gotten lazy. But I don’t think anyone can accuse them of being lazy in the design of this new coaster.

Hogsmead where you'll find Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

The Forbidden Forest

The ride is massive, taking up space where Dragon Challenge used to be. The coaster is nearly a mile long. This makes it the longest coaster in all of Florida with the second 17-foot free fall in the United States. The whole area was replanted with over 1000 trees that will only improve the ride theming as the time passes by. So enjoy the Forbidden Forest as it grows with the ride.

The Theming for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

The ride is another example of hyper theming you see in the recent park expansions. The adventure starts in Hagrid’s garage as Arthur Weasley works on improving Hagrid’s iconic motorbike. In the projection film, he’s adding all kinds of bonus features (like an extra special Dragon Fire kick). The queue line has extra features like projection screens on the ceiling as you wait and Hagrid’s garden and pumpkin patch and a whole shelving system full of mythical creature eggs. In a way, it’s similar to the ride queue for the Navi River Journey, but with a dusty magical theme rather than sci-fi.

 

The Ride System

The ride system is a train of 7 motorbikes and sidecars that can fit 14 riders per train. The ride itself takes you over nearly a mile of track. So travel through ruins, through caves and past massive audio-animatronic creatures like Fluffy. There is a split track system like the one you find in Expedition Everest, but with a much quicker switch over. You can even interact with the ride in a small way. There’s even a portion in the middle of the ride where you can cast a spell to get yourselves out of a spot of trouble. And once your free hit the purple button to activate that Dragon Fire booster for an extra fast finish. This portion of the ride hits speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Harry Potters Flying Car Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Virtual Queue System

The ride also uses the new virtual queue system. While this system is similar to Disney’s FastPass+ in that you can come back at a certain time. However, with the virtual queue, you can’t actually pick your time in advance. Instead, you get a memo on how many minutes you have to wait until you can come back. From what I’m reading, it’s first-come-first-serve at the moment. So you could get a callback time of a few hours after you click in.

Its rides like Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure that are setting the bar for attractions in the theme park business. And with the videos coming in from California, it seems like Disney is keeping up the trend with Galaxy’s Edge. With both theme park giants adding more and more IPs, it seems that most fan bases will have something to draw them to Orlando. Which is your favorite Orlando Fandom? You can tell us in the comments section below.

Unicorn Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure


Kate K.

Kate K. is a freelance writer, artist, designer, and programmer. She has been working with Homes4uu as our primary blogger, graphic designer, webmaster, and social media manager since 2014. You can also find Kate on her homesite www.k8ilyeverafter.com and her blog k8ilyeverafterpresents.com.

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