The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is due to receive a new ride in its Universal Orlando branch, as Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will open on June 13. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida opened in 2014, a few years after the Harry Potter film series wrapped up but while the Boy Who Lived was still one of the most successful properties in the world.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the name given to several different theme parks across the world, with locations in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Osaka. The Universal Orlando branch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter originally had a set of two rollercoasters known as the Dragon Challenge, which gave the attendees the feeling of being caught in a battle between a Chinese Fireball and a Hungarian Horntail. The Dragon Challenge closed down on Sept. 4, 2017, with the owners of the park promising that it would be replaced in time.
It has now been revealed that the Dragon Challenge will be replaced by Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, which is a rollercoaster based on the magical flying motorcycle Hagrid used throughout the Harry Potter series. Orlando Weekly is reporting the Hagrid-themed rollercoaster is due to open on June 13.
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will consist of carts that resemble the flying motorcycle, with guests being able to choose between sitting in the driving seat or sidecar. The rollercoaster will be part of a wooded area, which will be filled with various magical creatures from the Harry Potter universe, all of which are expected to be created using animatronics and physical effects.
Hagrid is one of the most beloved characters of the Harry Potter series, which is partly due to the fact that he was the one who brought Harry into the magical world and always remained his friend and staunchest ally, regardless of what else was happening in the story. There are already several attractions at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that involve Hagrid in some way, such as the Flight of the Hippogriff ride, but it's good to see that he will finally be the star of his own part of the theme park and that it will involve the subject that was closest to his heart.
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be opening in the Universal Orlando branch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on June 13, 2019.
Source: Orlando Weekly