Friday, February 22, 2019

Universal Orlando annouces new coaster.. and it's a mouthful!

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Coming to Universal Orlando Resort.

Seriously, that name is really a mouthful to get out!

Yesterday Universal Orlando finally announced the name of the new roller coaster attraction they've been (not so secretly) building at the resort. This attraction will take the place of the now demolished Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge which closed in 2017. Each ride car is themed like Sirius Black's motorbike, complete with sidecar.

Image from Themeparx
The coaster in question is a launched coaster, holding someplace between 14 and 21 riders per train. We can't tell yet if the sidecars will seat a single rider or be double-seated.

 Set around the general idea of a steeplechase coaster, no fine details about the ride are known yet. Although given the design, we can guess it'll be a more 'tame' coaster. With very similar qualities of Pony Express at Knotts Berry Farm.

 Also likely will be various show elements featuring 'magical creatures' in the form of animatronics stationed around the ride path. Although, from the looks of things, there will also be a jot though the forbidden forest if the concept art is to be believed! Giving the rider the illusion of encountering these creatures in their 'native' environment. Part of me also hopes Universal has an audio 'tour' with Hagrid narrating what each creature is and how lovely they are.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is set to open June 13th, 2019.

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