Universal Reveals Limited Details on New Orlando Coaster
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Although guests have been able to physically see the roller coaster construction around the Hogsmeade area of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the park has been rather coy about providing details on the upcoming attraction. This March, more has surfaced — finally!
Dubbed Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the coaster joins a list of names both awkward to pronounce and difficult to remember. It’s been done before: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, Batman and Robin — The Chiller, etc.
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Aside from the overwrought moniker, what has been released is very intriguing. Universal is boasting it s the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet. Descriptions stating the attraction “will combine a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets” certainly place the bar high. Fingers are crossed that Universal lives up to it.
Details are limited, but here is what is confirmed.
Coaster trains will feature cars resembling a motor bike and a sidecar. It’s a given that riders will want to experience it both ways, and folks will pick their favorite rather quickly. Upon close examination, this is an extremely distinct attribute when one stops to think about it.
The journey will allow avid fans to encounter creatures associated with the books and movies, including centaurs, Cornish Pixies, a three-headed dog (Fluffy) and many more, all within a forest. This is one of the ride’s true selling points, as the Forbidden Forest setting comes from a real forest of 1,200 live trees. Kudos to the park on that effort. Riders are also to become entangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare. Many more surprises will be incorporated into the journey.
Minor details add a little more for the public to go on, but not a lot. The height requirement is 48 inches, top speed is 50 mph and the ride features launches, both forward and backward.
ACE knows the coaster supplier is Intamin, but the manufacturer is contracted to remain quiet, so details about height, length, hourly capacity and number of launches might not be revealed until the coaster officially opens on June 13.
If everything lives up to what is planned, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is sure to be a world-class attraction.
— Tim Baldwin