- Fans waited for hours to board the newest ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on opening day.
- It’s called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike and involves riding on a rollercoaster that looks like Hagrid’s motorbike from the “Harry Potter” books and movies. It officially opened on Thursday.
- Reports vary on how long wait times are currently running. Some people say they have waited for 10 hours. Other Twitter users reported as much as a 13-hour wait.
- The ride is experienced a “delayed opening” on Friday but now appears to be open.
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In Orlando, some Harry Potter fans say they have waited more than 10 hours for the new ride at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Officially opening on Thursday, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike rollercoaster is the latest addition to the growing Wizarding World at Universal’s theme park. It’s been in the works since 2016 and replaced the Dragon’s Challenge coaster. You ride a motorcycle cart based on the bike the friendly giant Hagrid rides throughout the course of the series.
According to INSIDER’s Kirsten Acuna, the ride is a tremendous roller coaster, thrilling as a ride but also full of tons of Easter Eggs for Harry Potter fans to notice in both the line and the during the ride itself. The downside is, as of the opening weekend, the lines have been excessively long, according to some fans.
— Jocelyn Feeley (@itsme__jocelyn) June 13, 2019
For the new Harry Potter ride: Hagrid's Magical Creatures and Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando.
— Amanda Bae (@AngelofMusicDT) June 13, 2019
Some Twitter users shared the Universal App showing an estimated wait time of 600 minutes and claimed to wait more than 10 hours
Reports vary on how long wait times are currently running. Some people online have said the wait has run as long as 12 or 13 hours, while others say they have been waiting for 11 hours.
Hello @UniversalORL I’ve been waiting for 12.5 hours. Why couldn’t you get a virtual pass for opening day. This is a disaster. #worstopening BTW, I’m still in line. Your staff doesn’t know anything. Very disappointed. #HagridsMotorbikeAdventure
— Jesus Camacho (@CamachoCHUY) June 14, 2019
Just waited 13 hours for the Hagrid ride on opening day nd was so worth it xo
— Sophie Hunter (@Sophie_Hunterx) June 14, 2019
I waited 11 hours for Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure. Was it worth it? Yes! Best coaster in Orlando? Possibly, Mako is awesome but the theming and other special features is no comparison. The roller coaster is a combination of Verbolten, Cheetah Hunt, and Wave Breaker. pic.twitter.com/46AEfaAxBI
— Jordan (@jpeek8) June 14, 2019
As of 10 a.m. EST, the ride was closed for technical issues but was set to open again later in the day. Universal Orlando tweeted around 2:30 p.m. ET that the ride was back up and running. INSIDER reached out to Universal Orlando but did not immediately hear back.
It’s worth noting that lines this long are not uncommon at theme park opening weekends. Back at the grand opening of the Wizarding Worlds, line length was making headlines and when Toy Story Land opened in Disney World, Acuna said she waited three hours just to get in the area.
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