Universal Orlando has announced a name and an opening date for its new Harry Potter roller coaster, coming to Islands of Adventure.
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will open June 13, 2019 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade. The new coaster, which will include indoor show scenes as well as a ride through the Forbidden Forest, replaces the Dragon Challenge inverted coasters.
"For the first time ever, guests will fly with Hagrid on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the path of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures," Universal said of the new ride in its press release. Universal also has updated its key art for the attraction, which now features the ride vehicles.
A June 13 opening date puts the new Wizarding World coaster's debut right smack into the window for the opening of arch-rival Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land at the Disneyland Resort in California. The last time that Universal and Disney had major new attractions on pace to open around the same time, Universal committed to its opening date for Volcano Bay only to see Disney drop its media date for Pandora - The World of Avatar on the same day as Universal's press event.
Heck, Universal dropped this announcement right on top of Walt Disney World's Epcot reveal, so we know that the rivalry remains strong.
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