Everything You Need to Know About Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
If you live in the Central Florida area, no doubt you’ve heard about the new Hagrid themed ride coming to Universal Studios. It’s taken several years but Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is finally almost ready, and theme park enthusiasts are already making plans to hit the rollercoaster when it finally opens to the public in early June. Here’s a quick look at everything you need to know to get ready for the latest Harry Potter themed attraction in Central Florida.
What Happens on The Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Ride?
The Hagrid ride is in the Hogsmeade part of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, within the Islands of Adventure park. The ride is set in the Forbidden Forest, the ominous woods outside of Hogwarts school where Harry and friends spend most of the year. Readers of the book will remember that Hagrid, the half man half giant who has a special bond with animals, was one of the only characters unafraid to venture into the woods and face the plethora of creatures inside. Universal has been tight lipped about what creatures from the Wizarding World will appear inside the ride, but it’s a good bet that you’ll zip past dragons, giant spiders, centaurs and owls.
Riders will sit in the sidecar of the flying motorcycle made famous in the books and reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Dodging flames and threatening claws, you’ll work your way past creatures you recognize from the movie and new ones coming to life for the first time outside of the book.
How Can You Beat the Crowd Once the Ride Opens?
Like Disney’s FastPass, Universal offers a Universal Express system that allows riders to skip the lines at park attractions. They also have an upgraded option that permits you to skip the line more than one time a day on the same ride, so if you already know you want to ride the rollercoaster more than once without waiting in line, this is the perfect choice for you.
Another way to beat a large portion of the crowd is to stay at one of Universal’s on property hotels, which gives you the privilege of entering the park an hour earlier than people with regular tickets. This can help you get one early morning ride in before the crowds hit, and even leaves enough time to get in the line and ride again before it gets too long. When you book your hotel, be sure to choose one that includes early park access, as some cheaper Universal hotels don’t include this privilege.
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