Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Islands of Adventure
Park sectionThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Coordinates28°28′25″N 81°28′24″W / 28.47361°N 81.47333°W / 28.47361; -81.47333Coordinates: 28°28′25″N 81°28′24″W / 28.47361°N 81.47333°W / 28.47361; -81.47333
StatusUnder construction
Opening dateJune 13, 2019 (2019-06-13)[1]
ReplacedDragon Challenge
General statistics
TypeSteel – Launched
ManufacturerIntamin
DesignerUniversal Creative
ModelMotorbike roller coaster
Lift/launch systemLinear motor
Speed50 mph (80 km/h)
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
TrainsSingle trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 14 riders per train.
ThemeHarry Potter
Ride hostRubeus Hagrid
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at RCDB
Pictures of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at RCDB

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is an upcoming steel roller coaster[2] manufactured by Intamin, currently under construction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park, scheduled to open on June 13, 2019. Universal described the roller coaster as "a highly-themed roller coaster that will take us into a different corner of the wizarding world, where guests will encounter some of their favorite characters and creatures.”[3] The attraction will replace the Dragon Challenge roller coaster, which closed on September 4, 2017.[4][5]

History[edit]

Construction for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure began early January 2018, after land clearing was completed on the site that the Dragon Challenge occupied.[6] According to Alan Gilmore, art director of the Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, over a thousand trees were planted to create the woodland that would set the theme of the Forbidden Forest.[7] Ride testing began as of February 26, 2019.[8]

Ride experience[edit]

The attraction will take Muggles on a journey through the Forbidden Forest, coming face to face with magical creatures of the Wizarding World on Rubeus Hagrid's motorcycle.[9][10] Riders will travel up to 50 mph as they encounter Fluffy the three-headed dog, Cornish Pixies, Centaurs, Devil's Snare and an unnamed creature that was not featured in any of the Harry Potter films.[11]

Characteristics[edit]

Trains[edit]

The attraction's vehicle will be modeled after Hagrid's motorcycle, which appeared in the first and seventh films. There are seven rows on each train. Each row will seat two passengers, one on the motorcycle itself and one in the sidecar.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christiansen, Kathleen (February 21, 2019). "Universal Orlando Resort names new Harry Potter attraction". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dragon Challenge closing for a new Harry Potter ride". Orlando Informer. July 24, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  3. ^ John (July 24, 2017). "Dragon Challenge Closing at Islands of Adventure". Coaster101. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 25, 2017). "Dragon Challenge is Closing Forever at Universal. Here's What is Replacing It". Theme Park Tourist. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure - Universal Studios Islands of Adventure (Orlando, Florida, USA)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Bilbao, Richard (August 29, 2017). "Universal begins work on Harry Potter rides, holiday show". Orlando Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "New Details Revealed for Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure". Universal Orlando. March 12, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Exclusive Testing Footage: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure". Midway Mayhem. February 26, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Baumgaertner, Melissa (February 21, 2019). "Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, An All-New Expierence In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, Opens June 13". Universal Orlando. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter". Pottermore. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Join Hagrid™ and Fly into the Forbidden Forest". Universal Orlando. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  12. ^ Kubersky, Seth (February 21, 2019). "Universal Orlando announces 'Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure' will open June 13". Orlando Weekly. Euclid Media Group. Retrieved March 14, 2019.