Universal Orlando unveils Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster details
After nearly a year and a half of construction within the park’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade section, the Florida-based park announced details for its forthcoming Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride Tuesday, teasing a high-speed journey through a live woodland world modeled after the franchise’s Forbidden Forest locale.
The resort also introduced a video preview for the attraction starring Tom Felton, who played the nefarious Draco Malfoy across eight Harry Potter films based on author J.K. Rowling‘s books between 2001 and 2011. In the clip, Felton and art director Alan Gilmore introduce the ride, which features two-passenger vehicles with both motorcycle and sidecar seating and begins as guests assemble for Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class.
From there, riders venture into the Forbidden Forest (recreated using approximately 1,200 live trees) at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour while traveling along forward and backward track sections through indoor and outdoor portions. Along the way, visitors will become entangled in a patch of Devil’s Snare before encountering a Centaur, a swarm of Cornish Pixies, Fluffy the three-headed dog, and a new creature (yet to be announced) that didn’t appear in the Harry Potter films.
Made in partnership with Swiss company Intamin — the firm behind world record-breaking roller coasters like Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure and Formula Rossa at Ferrari World — Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was constructed on the site of the Dragon Challenge attraction, which comprised two dueling inverted coasters that opened alongside the Islands of Adventure park in 1999. The coasters closed in September 2017, and construction on Hagrid began shortly thereafter.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure. More details on the upcoming ride will be announced in the months ahead. For now, watch Universal Studios’ preview of the attraction in the video above.