The whole wizarding world knows that Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure has arrived at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort. But if you’re not one of the lucky ones who have had a chance to experience it, you probably have some questions. Like, what can you expect? Or, how tall must you be to ride? And perhaps most fervently: Can you adopt any magical creatures you encounter along the way?
Sorry, but the answer to that last one is a firm “no.” Read on for answers to the rest before you embark on the newest, most incredible adventure at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Located at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure isn’t just an immersive attraction. It’s the most immersive roller coaster at Universal Orlando Resort, period!
Combining masterful storytelling, next-generation roller-coaster technology, and fully realized environments and sets that include a real forest with more than 1,200 living trees, the new ride also features Universal Orlando Resort’s most lifelike animated figure yet: Rubeus Hagrid. With the gentle giant as your guide, you’ll travel deep into the Forbidden Forest surrounding Hogwarts castle for a wild flight packed with a menagerie of magical creatures pulled straight from the Harry Potter books and films.
Needless to say, the experience is truly magical. The ride also provides a true sense of thrilling adventure without the need of loops or crazy spins, with plenty of big surprises along the way.
Plus, despite twists, turns and launch speeds that can reach 50 mph, the attraction is smooth enough that even those who are normally coaster-averse can enjoy it. There are no age restrictions, but keep in mind that guests must be at least 48 inches tall (121.9 cm) to ride.
As you hurl past obstacles — and even get stuck in a thicket of Devil’s Snare — you’ll have up-close encounters with some of the wizarding world’s rarest creatures, including a Centaur, Cornish Pixies and Fluffy the Three-Headed Dog, plus a beast that’s never been featured in a Harry Potter film. Believe us, this is no time to start ignoring traditional pre-ride warnings about keeping arms and legs inside the vehicle!
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the newest reason to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, but it’s far from the only reason. The adventures unfold over two distinct lands: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.
At Hogsmeade, the new Hagrid coaster joins Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff, while Diagon Alley has Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. A Universal Orlando Resort Park-to-Park admission ticket or Annual Pass will get you access to Hogwarts Express, which provides magical transport between the two lands. You can board it at King’s Cross Station in Diagon Alley (just look for Platform 9 3/4) and Hogsmeade Station at Hogsmeade.
Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade also offer themed entertainment, dining and shopping — not to mention a serious “wow” factor. Find your perfect wand at Ollivanders. Stock up on the latest in wizarding wear at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. Interact with a goblin at Gringotts Money Exchange — after dodging the fire-breathing dragon on your way in, of course. And whatever you do, don’t skip the Butterbeer at Leaky Cauldron, Three Broomsticks and other locations.
These are just the start of the adventures waiting for you at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re headed back for another spin on Hagrid’s incredible new ride!
Written by Nate Shelton, with extra reporting from Ian Suarez at Visit Orlando