After a star-studded opening ceremony, today is the long-awaited official opening of Universal Orlando Resort's brand new Harry Potter roller coaster.
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is an immersive, story-coaster that promises (and absolutely truly delivers!) a ride experience like no other theme park coaster in America today.
You'll be flying into the Forbidden Forest aboard a magically created replica of Hagrid's flying motorbike and sidecar where you'll come across all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures, all the whilst experiencing a thrill-ride around twisting turns and sudden drops. And then you'll want to go on it again. And then again. And then again!
I was lucky enough to hop aboard the magical motorcycle and give the new coaster a test run preview to let you know all the Ups and the one (possible) Down of Universal Orlando's latest Harry Potter attraction.
5. The Queue
Universal have a reputation for building really special ride queues for their new attractions and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is really no exception.
First you'll head through the entrance to the edge of the Forbidden Forest where you'll get a glimpse of the ride to come. Next you'll curve past the back of Hagrid's Hut (runner beans and all) and into the ruins that Hagrid has made use of for his Care of Magical Creatures lessons.
Inside these incredibly realistic ruins you'll find out that even Hogwarts students have been creating graffiti across the walls (keep an eye out for a Dueling Dragon tribute). There's humongous dragon eggs, informative posters about the creatures you'll encounter and even Hagrid's work table (complete with his dragon skin gloves).
Universal have also included a preshow featuring Hagrid and Arthur Weasley who are working together to duplicate and bewitch the bikes that will be taking you on an adventure into the forest. In typical Hagrid fashion he can't wait to tell you all about the creatures you might encounter on the journey. Just watch out for the pesky Cornish Pixies whilst in the preshow room!
Just before you get ready to board your motorbike and sidecar you'll enter a room where above you'll see shadows across the ceiling. Look out for Hagrid on his flying motorbike and giant spiders scuttling across.
There's certainly lots to see in this queue, so you won't mind waiting in line.