Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, opens to the public next Thursday, June 13. Since the ride will not be included with Universal Express, fans have been asking for tips on how to get on the new family thrill story coaster without having to endure a nasty long queue in the Florida sun.The new roller coaster in Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,
Well, today Universal released new information about how it plans to handle the crowds when Hagrid's opens next week. Universal Orlando said that Islands of Adventure may open before its planned 9pm opening on June 13 to allow fans to queue for the ride.
That means you should abandon any plans to hit up the Early Park Admission at Diagon Alley, then ride the Hogwarts Express over to Islands of Adventure to beat the crowds from the front gate over to Hogsmeade on opening day. While that's a nice strategy in normal operation, it won't work if people have been queuing in the park for an hour or more already, as seems likely to be case next Thursday.
Universal also is teasing that some Harry Potter franchise celebrities might hang around after the media debut earlier in the week to stay for the public opening. "Have your camera ready," as they say.
Starting Friday, June 14, Universal may implement its Virtual Line system for Hagrid's whenever the stand-by line gets too long. You will need the official Universal Orlando app to get a return time in the Virtual Line and then to enter the return queue, so be sure to download that to your phone or tablet you will be bringing to the park, if you have not done that already. The Virtual Line won't allow you to skip the queue, but will allow you to avoid having to physically wait in it for the entire time. (I would say, "like Fastpass," except that's another chain's trademarked term. But yeah.)
I will be heading to Orlando this weekend for that media debut for the Hagrid coaster, so stay tuned to Theme Park Insider for full coverage.Tweet
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