Continuing our look at 10 anticipated new attractions in 2019, we are down to the Big Two — new attractions based on a couple of the most successful entertainment franchises in the world.
We spend today with the new roller coaster experience coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park.
We don't have a name for this ride yet because Universal hasn't released it, keeping with Universal's recent PR strategy of trying to keep things about new attractions as close to the vest as possible for as long as it can. But we know that the ride will be themed to an adventure in the Forbidden Forest just beyond Hogwarts Castle. It appears that you will be riding on Hagrid's motorbike, which will take you through the forest and a variety of outdoor and indoor show scenes, including surprises with a drop track and a reversal on the course.
Universal has ordered hundreds of trees to plant around the track of this Intamin launch coaster, so it will blend into the local scenery — unlike its predecessor Dragon Challenge, which drew some mild criticism from fans (and even some Potter cast members) for looking like... well, a big roller coaster in a place where none existed in the Potter canon.
No word yet on an opening date for the as-yet-unnamed coaster, either. But looking at its construction progress, it appears that Universal is heading toward a late spring or early summer opening, which is when Universal Orlando opened its previous Harry Potter attractions.
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