Flight of the Hippogriff
|Flight of the Hippogriff|
One of the newly rethemed trains.
|Previously known as Flying Unicorn|
|Islands of Adventure|
|Park section||The Wizarding World of Harry Potter|
|Opening date||June 29, 2000
(As Flying Unicorn)|
June 18, 2010 (As Flight of the Hippogriff)
|Closing date||July 7, 2008(As Flying Unicorn)|
|Type||Steel – Junior|
|Model||Junior Coaster (335m)|
|Height||42 ft (13 m)|
|Length||1,099 ft (335 m)|
|Speed||28.5 mph (45.9 km/h)|
|Height restriction||36 in (91 cm)|
|Trains||2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.|
|Ride Host||Rubeus Hagrid|
|Previous attraction||The Flying Unicorn (2000 - 2008)|
Universal Express available
|Flight of the Hippogriff at RCDB
Pictures of Flight of the Hippogriff at RCDB
Flight of the Hippogriff, previously known as Flying Unicorn, is a roller coaster at the Islands of Adventure theme park, in Orlando, Florida, United States. The ride is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the park and is a mild alternative to the land's more extreme rides including Dragon Challenge and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. It was one of the first attractions to open with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on its grand opening on June 18, 2010.
Flying Unicorn era
Flying Unicorn was one of the first rides to be added to Islands of Adventure after its grand opening, debuting on June 29, 2000 in the park's Lost Continent area. The ride took place in an enchanted forest, like something from a fairy tale. Various signs along the queue tell the story of a wizard who found a baby unicorn's horn, which it shed (once every thousand years). He then used the horn to create this ride. The magic from the unicorn's horn is used so that it can fly. Guests rode in carts designed to look like mechanical unicorns, and travel over a track, to the top of the lift, then dropped through various dips and turns before being deposited at the start of the track.
Flight of the Hippogriff transformation
Following the announcement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section in May 2007, both Flying Unicorn and fellow previous incarnation Dueling Dragons were shown to be in the new area, but it had not be confirmed whether they were to be closed and re-themed as of that time.
After almost 10 years of operation, Flying Unicorn was closed on July 7, 2008 to allow construction to proceed on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The attraction was closed off to the public and listed as Standing But Not Operating (SBNO).
On September 15, 2009, Universal officially revealed the attractions which were to open in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section, confirming that Flying Unicorn would be refurbished and re-themed into Flight of the Hippogriff.
The roller coaster's new backstory is that Hagrid is teaching young wizards how to fly a Hippogriff by using fake replicas of the creature. The queue line weaves through Hogwarts Grounds, past Hagrid's Hut and the Forest, and leads into an open canopy where Care of Magical Creatures Class is taught, and riders board the vehicle.
The roller coaster takes passengers on a test flight of the Hippogriff over the Forbidden Forest and Hagrid's Hut. Riders are instructed to bow to the Hippogriff before the ride progresses up the lift hill. The cars then travel over a track, to the top of the lift, where riders have a full aerial view of The Wizarding World, and then dropped through various dips and turns around Hogwarts Grounds before being deposited at the start of the track, where Hagrid thanks riders, who then disembark.
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