Alexander: Good Morning!
It’s 5:45am on June 13th, 2019, and we’re here to try and snag a ride on the hottest new coaster on the planet: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! There’s no telling what the day holds! Let’s go!
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The courtyard in Sinbad‘s Bazaar served as the last stop in our queue journey before the ride’s official opening. Here we could use the bathroom and get ice water without sacrificing our places in line! A DJ helped keep energy up as morning fatigue set in.
Like most Universal thrill rides, lockers are required for larger loose items. Lucky the queue threads through the ride’s different locker areas, allowing guests to stow their bags without losing their spot in line.
At this point, the camera and phone are stored for the remainder of what wound up a 7 hour wait for Hagrid. After a handful of short delays (one weather-related, the rest mechanical), we finally took our adventure with Hagrid just before 1pm!
The ride overall is excellent. The queue, I must admit, was better as Dueling Dragons, and pales in comparison to the queue for Forbidden Journey. Standout qualities of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure include the ride’s excellent pacing overall length (over 3 minutes). There’s an abundance of practical effects and surprises of the thematic and mechanical variety – enough to make even the most stubborn coaster enthusiasts blush.
Congratulations to Universal Orlando Resort on what we would consider a hugely successful new marquee attraction and a pretty solid opening day. We look forward to future adventures with Hagrid on his $300M new thrill-ride!
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