As Universal Orlando finishes working on their new attraction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade, the park has finally unveiled the name, a new look, and details about the experience!
Update (March 12, 2019): Universal shared more specifics about what’ll happen when riders board Hagrid’s motorbikes:
The theme park says Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure “will combine a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets – including an actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees. It will also give guests the unique opportunity to join Hagrid – one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter films – on a journey to one of the most mysterious places in the wizarding world – the Forbidden Forest. With Hagrid as their guide, guests will fly deep into the Forbidden Forest and brave the mysteries and thrills beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a groundbreaking coaster experience unlike any other.”
“It all 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. ”
Things in the forest “don’t go as planned,” Universal says:
- 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.
New concept art appears in the video above (see below). Can you spot Fluffy?
Update (February 21, 2019): Universal Orlando has announced that the new Harry Potter ride is called “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure” and opens June 13, 2019.
Described as “the most highly-themed coaster yet,” Universal says “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.”
A new photo depicts Hagrid sitting at the front of the vehicle. Robbie Coltrane is presumably working with Universal on recording dialogue for this ride:
The park promises that more information will be revealed in March. We can’t wait!
A poster that was previously released depicts a dense forest and a coaster sitting beside Hogwarts Castle. Three Cornish Pixies, introduced during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and a castle-like structure:
The image appears to confirm rumors that the ride will be set in the Forbidden Forest. I walked by the construction site in August and can tell you that the amount of land this ride takes up is massive. I expect that this’ll be an amazing ride.
The ride replaces Dragon Challenge, a Triwizard Tournament-themed coaster that was a re-theme of a coaster built before Wizarding World existed.