Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is nearly complete. This all-new coaster will open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla. next month. This photo report, with shots provided by our contributor, @bioreconstruct on Twitter, takes a final overview of the area before the grand opening June 13th.
From acres of dirt to a sprawling forest, we’ve certainly seen a huge change in the landscape of Hogsmeade over the past year. The attraction in this area was previously known as Dragon Challenge, and was known as Dueling Dragons before that.
This new coaster takes up a massive space, with at least five separate launch elements, a backward drop, numerous animatronics, a drop-track element and more.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will take guests on a ride through the Forbidden Forest as they discover a blast-ended skrewt, Fluffy the three-headed dog, cornish pixies, the devil’s snare, centaurs, and unicorns.
Workers can be seen here working on the unicorn figurines. Many of the creatures were specifically mentioned by Universal, with a statement talking about the creature that included photos and video.
While the unicorn was never mentioned, we know it is a vital part of the Wizarding World’s story. It is currently unknown if these are static figures or if they are animatronic and can move.
These unicorns will be the last thing guests see before re-entering the main show building. We believe that once guests re-enter that the ride is basically over, and may use screens inside as a final goodbye from Hagrid.
Over on the other side of the ride site, we can see the show building hiding the drop track featuring the devil’s snare. We also believe this is where we will see the centaurs before making the final launch toward the end of the attraction.
Towards the back of the construction, we can see that the massive white privacy wall is currently being covered in a forest-esque graphic.
This shot gives us a great look at the ride restraints. It appears that both the motorbike and the sidecar will have the same basic restraint system, but the motorbike has a thinner lap bar and a less constrained seat.
This may help guests of certain body shapes and sizes to fit on the attraction more comfortably. It could also require a slightly different height requirement, but I assume Universal would not risk that hassle and instead make sure both seats could safely accommodate smaller travelers.
Near the drop track devil’s snare show building is the massive Fluffy animatronic. I admit that originally I doubted Universal would make such a large outdoor animatronic, and I can happily say I was wrong. It appears guests will get up-close with Fluffy before rocketing towards the dead-end track where they will fall backward.
This nearly top-down view helps put the coaster size in perspective when compared to guests and surrounding buildings in Hogsmeade. This coaster will almost triple the total land size of Hogsmeade. It is also all-but-confirmed that the entrance to the attraction will be the same as that of Dragon Challenge.
Thrillgeek captured this shot of the ride marquee before it was covered up by construction workers. Previous shots also showed electrical work behind the signage, so it can be expected that the sign will glow “magically” like the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey sign at Hogwarts Castle.
This E-Ticket attraction will open June 13th and will be direct competition against Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While this is not a new land like the Star Wars option down the street, this extensively themed coaster will certainly be another incredible offering at Universal Orlando Resort.
Do you plan on experiencing this attraction this summer? And, did this ride end up like you were thinking? Let us know in the comments below!