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Flight of the Hippogriff reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Flight of the Hippogriff, a roller coaster in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 36 inches.)

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Posted: March 29, 2014

Flight of the Hippogriff is a Vekoma Junior Coaster, formerly known as the Flying Unicorn, that has been themed to a Care of Magical Creatures class, taking place next to Hagrid's hut.

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86 votes, so far

This childrens coaster is a charming ride. It is what it is, a short and gentle introduction to coasters. As a Potter fan the addition of Hagrid's Hut and Buckbeak is a nice nod to the works of J.K. Rowling. Wait times are usually fairly short for this one, so thats always nice. - Manny Barron

Very short, but makes up for it with a bearable wait time. Definitely a ride meant for a family with children, but mercifully doesn’t ‘dumb down’ the experience in any way. Not a thrill-coaster but still remains fast and fun. Pre-ride queue experience is cute for HP fans too. - Laura Danielson

Beautifully themed with Hagrid's home and the Griffin in it's nest this rides gives a unique look of this part of the park. - O T

Probably the best "kids" coaster out there. It feels forceful, offers great views, an awesome queue, and a Buckbeak animatronic. - Bryce McGibeny

I know it's a kiddie coaster, but is a great one with an outstanding view of the potter area. Great! - David Shaul

A nice "kiddy's first coaster" type ride with a fairly impressive Hippogriff AA and nice night-time lighting. - Sean Huckel

Good theme and fun thrills for a kiddie coaster. 7/10. - David L.

4/10 - I'm sorry but this lasted about 20 seconds. - James Wimbury

The Flying Unicorn was the first roller coaster I ever did, so this attraction has a lot of meaning to me. I don't remember the ride a lot before it was rethemed, but I love this version. The scenery and ride are a lot of fun on this attraction. The coolest part during the queue is seeing Hagrid's Hut. The ride is a lot of fun. One of my favorite parts about this ride is seeing an animotronic of Buckbeak in his nest, right before the lift hill. You also get a great view of the castle as you are ascending the lift hill. The ride itself is very tame, but I am not a big roller coaster fan, so it is fine for me. If you want to ride a more extreme version, sit in the back. You go much faster. If the line is super long, don't wait for it. But if you have time to kill and the line is short, go for it - Jake Mappes

Pretty good kiddie coaster - Andrew Dougherty

This is a nice roller coaster to go on as a family. - Lisa K

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