First look at Fluffy on Universal's new Harry Potter coaster ride

March 10, 2019, 9:44 PM · Universal Orlando has promised us more details about Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure on Tuesday morning. But if you don't want to wait to see more of what you can expect when the new coaster ride opens in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in June, you don't have to.

Twitter user @bioreconstruct, the dean of aerial theme park photography, has posted a new set of photos showing construction progress on the ride. And they include our first look at one of the iconic magic creatures who is getting a new home on this attraction.

It's Fluffy, the three-headed dog from the first Harry Potter book and film.

Subsequent photos hint at other creatures along the coaster track, including a unicorn. Check out the Twitter feed for more pictures.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure replaces Dragon Challenge in Islands of Adventure, offering a more family-friendly coaster experience that further blurs the line between roller coaster and dark ride. These clear aerial views of the track and its surroundings might not be available much longer, however, as Universal is planting hundreds of trees along coaster route, effectively creating a real-life "Forbidden Forest" home for the ride.

As we mentioned, Universal's next official reveal of information about the ride comes Tuesday morning. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens officially on June 13.

Replies (13)

March 10, 2019 at 10:39 PM

Guess Universal needs more than their new team member Mario the Plumber to stop their theme park related "leaks";) I'm sure the new attraction with the really long name will be well received, though Comcast may need an on-site urologist at their reacquired expansion property near the Orange County Convention Center and a team of beavers to stop future leaks at Universal's Fantastic Worlds....

March 11, 2019 at 8:33 AM

A coaster with animatronics? I think we found the winner for best ride in 2019!

March 11, 2019 at 9:44 AM

What, no screens? I wonder what the Universal haters are going to find wrong about this ride?
"The name is too long."
"Seven Dwarves is better."
"It's got a dragon in it. Can Universal build a Harry Potter ride without a dragon?

Let the whining begin!

March 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM

You'll get no whining from me.
I've been very critical of much of Universal's recent output but this looks like being an absolute winner from beginning to end - immersive, huge, a long ride, interesting and visually stunning. Everything I've wanted Universal to create. What's not to like?

March 11, 2019 at 1:05 PM

Looks like what 7DMT was supposed to be before it got slammed into the middle of New Fantasyland.

March 11, 2019 at 1:38 PM

RumbleMike: "A coaster with animatronics?"

I Respond: 'Big Thunder Mountain', 'Revenge of the Mummy', Seven Dwarfs Mine Train', et al.

The Hagrid coaster will be the best themed coaster in Orlando ... Running neck and neck with Mummy.

March 11, 2019 at 3:08 PM

It's nice to know we are getting more of the thing we all want.

No attraction will ever truly compete with the best attraction ever invented. And of course I mean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom. (I should know, I worked there)

March 11, 2019 at 6:46 PM


March 12, 2019 at 1:17 AM

Hagrid is the heart of the Potter story and this a fan favorite ride.

March 12, 2019 at 4:15 AM

RumbleMike: come take a ride in BTM in Disneyland Paris, it's on a friggin Island!
I've been on three BTMs and DLP's definitely the best and the most beautiful you'll ever experience!

March 12, 2019 at 9:29 AM

Hey thanks for the tip DutchDuck! My French is super bad but I'll totally add it to my bucket list. France was great when I got to visit in 1998. That World Cup was AMAZING! It kinda made up for missing out on a visit to Parc Astrix.

March 14, 2019 at 3:46 PM

RumbleMike says: A coaster with animatronics? I think we found the winner for best ride in 2019!

Sorry, Mike, but I don`t think so. Rise of the Resistance is opening in 2019.

I will say this, though: this new ride/reskinning does look very promising, clunky name and all.

March 14, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Aaron wrote: Hagrid is the heart of the Potter story (??)

C`mon, are you serious?? Not even close.

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