The infamous motorcycle and sidecar from the Harry Potter series, used by Hagrid and Harry when escaping death eaters during the Battle of the Seven Potters, makes its return this week, albeit in a slightly less chaotic way. The new Hagrid-themed ride at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, had its soft opening yesterday, and opens to the general public tomorrow.
Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure replaces the Dragon Challenge roller coasters (itself a reworking of the old, non-Potter Dueling Dragons coasters), and will take riders out of Hogwarts and through the Forbidden Forest. The ride is voiced by Robbie Coltrane, who portrayed Hagrid in the film series, and unlike many other rides in the park, it does not feature any CGI or videos, and instead relies on old-school, albeit hyper-realistic, animatronics for both Hagrid and the creatures.
As multiple Twitter users pointed out, going on the ride at night will give it a more authentic and immersive feel, as the pitch-black sky and surroundings will make you feel like you’re truly soaring through the forest. Like the other rides at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the queue is also an experience in itself, one you can expect to experience for quite a long time before reaching the ride.
As a family friendly ride, there are no crazy drops or loops, but there are multiple launches and one elevator-style drop. The engineers got creative when designing the ride, with parts of the ride going vertical and backward as a real vehicle would. You can either put yourself in Hagrid’s shoes and sit on the motorcycle, or you can be The Boy Who Lived in the sidecar. Pretty much everyone is in agreement that the motorcycle seat offers a better experience.
After a second ride I have the following observations: the Motorbike side is better, a nighttime ride makes it a lot more thrilling, and I noticed there are some areas where just as you think it can’t go faster, it kicks into a higher gear. Really spectacular!
Got to ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and WOW. Gonna make a bold statement and say that it’s the BEST Florida ride I’ve been on. Get yourself a virtual queue reservation and ride this!!! pic.twitter.com/KipEhT0c7E
You guys! You guys! You do not want to miss Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! Easily the best ride in Universal Orlando right now… So much fun! Going back for more rides tonight. pic.twitter.com/iuYgYFIBbI
Hagrid. I have no words except, WOW! Easily one of my favorite rides at @UniversalORL now. Loved the animatronics, loved the effects, loved the whole ride. Can not recommend this ride enough. A solid addition to Universal that is all sets and no screens!
Y’know, having not been to UOR in a while (since Dragon Challenge was still open actually), without having been on the new Hagrid ride… Dragon Challenge will still be infinitely better don’t dare @ me! https://t.co/6WLdsQhreH