Hagrid Takes Over Hogwarts in New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Ride
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
After months (years?) of waiting, loyal Harry Potter fans finally know what the theme of the new roller coaster coming to Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Porter in Universal Orlando’s Island of Adventure. And, we now know when the most diehard fans will get to try it out for the first time.
Motorbike Over Hogwarts
Universal Orlando has released just a hint of what we can expect. On June 13, the park will debut Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. The lovable part giant/part wizard who’s a fan favorite (including my 12-year old daughter) will take to the skies when the new roller coaster experience opens. It’s one of the most anticipated new items at Universal theme parks across the world in 2019. Loyal fans have been eagerly watching the construction taking place behind the fences in place as they disembark Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade Station, hoping to catch a hint of what’s to come.
Universal Studios had already said this would be the most immersive and cutting-edge experience it has ever envisioned. The official announcement that just emerged still leaves us wanting more details, but confirms that Hagrid and some of his magical creatures will make an appearance this summer. The Hippogriff already has a prominent place for flight right alongside the castle. And now, we know Hagrid will be nearby with more of his friends.
So Many Questions
What makes this coaster the most immersive? Will Harry Potter make an appearance? The ride appears to be an outdoor roller coaster. To be immersive, does that mean we’re going to see some sort of virtual reality or augmented reality as part of the ride? So many questions for the most ardent fans (and there are so many of those fans).
The addition of Hagrid and his menagerie in Hogsmeade may actually help you weave your way through the already bursting crowds. The construction is set pretty far back from the fence line, so we might actually get some more room to roam inside Hogsmeade once construction is complete. As Universal keeps adding attractions like these from its most popular franchises, it boosts the value of an annual pass. The popularity of the existing favorites across the two Universal theme parks (and the size of those crowds) is why we see consistent signals that a third Universal Orlando theme park is in the works.
Until the parks expand or Harry Potter loses his magic, the crowds should continue to grow. If you’re faced with long lines, and you just can’t wait to get on Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike, you can throw the budget out the window and opt for a private VIP tour. It’ll put a serious dent in your wallet, but you won’t wait in Hagrid’s line (or any others). Alternatively, consider staying at a Universal Resort (such as Loews Royal Pacific, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel or Hard Rock Hotel where you get included Express Passes to spend more of your day on rides instead of in lines without spending nearly as much as you would on a VIP tour.
Featured photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees