One of the best parts about visiting Universal Orlando is that there are so many roller coasters that you could argue are the best in the resort, and this is one of them! As arguably the most popular ride in the resort, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure comes in at number three on our list of top rides at Universal.
Sensing a Harry Potter theme yet? This goes to show that if you like Harry Potter, visiting Universal Orlando is one of the best places to go on vacation.
Hagrid’s is also not one of the most thrill-oriented rides in the park, but it still focuses on amazing turns, launches, and a really good story. Also located in Hogsmeade, the ride opened in 2019 and at that time was the most expensive roller coaster ever built ($300 million).
On the ride, you will be fully immersed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and you’ll meet some of your favorite characters and creatures along the way.
The combination of visuals, storytelling, and the roller coaster itself makes it clear why this is arguably the most popular ride in the resort. The ride has a max height of 65 ft, max vertical angle of 70°, and max drop of 17 ft.
On Hagrid’s, you will reach a top speed of 50 mph and experience a reverse section, a drop, and seven launches.
For those who want the exact details of the launches they are as follows: 1st: 0 to 20 mph in 1.2 seconds; 2nd: 22 mph to 30 mph in 1.5 seconds; 3rd: 0 to 32 mph in 3.5 seconds; 4th: 27 mph to 35 mph in 2.3 seconds; 5th: 21 mph to 41 mph in 2.5 seconds; 6th: 37 mph to 44 mph in 1.7 seconds; 7th: 0 to 50 mph in 4 seconds.
On the way to the ride, you walk by Hagrid’s hut and parts of the Forbidden Forest, which Universal actually built themselves with 1,200 trees.
Universal doesn’t rely heavily on CGI for this ride but instead takes you through beautiful constructions of Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest.
The multiple launches make you feel like you are shifting gears on the motorbike, and the swaying turns exactly imitate riding the bike through the sky.
Pro tip: I’ve tried this ride during the day and the night, and it feels like it was built to be ridden at nighttime! Something about the extra mysterious atmosphere, as you fly through parts of the castle and forest, makes the ride that much more enjoyable.
Category: Roller Coaster
Theme: Forbidden Forest / Harry Potter
Location: Islands of Adventure, Hogsmeade
Opening Date: June 13, 2019
Height Requirement: Must be at least 48” (122cm)