Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure to the public this morning, and fans turned out, with queues overflowing out of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter three hours before the park's scheduled opening.Universal Orlando opened
By the time the park opened officially at 9am, the Universal Orlando app reported a wait time for the ride of 10 hours.
Theme Park Insider reader Matt arrived at the park at 6:30 and found the back of the line already at Mythos restaurant, several hundred feet short of the entrance to Hogsmeade. Other readers reported that the line eventually expanded through Seuss Landing and into Marvel Super Hero Island. To get into the actual Hagrid's queue at park opening, you needed to arrive before 6am.
For those who did arrive that early, Universal offered an encore of the ride's opening moment with Warwick Davis, Evanna Lynch, Tom Felton, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps for fans this morning.
Once the ride opened, the line did not always move swiftly. The capacity issues that we reported during the ride's media preview appear to have persisted through its public opening, with fans reporting several downtimes during its first morning. (By 2pm the reported wait time was down to five hours.)
Those who did get through the wait have been raving about the detail in the queue as well as the ride itself, which features Florida's longest-roller coaster and a world-record seven launches, reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour on its twisting, banked track, which also features a 17-foot drop track element and a backward segment, in addition to several show scenes and on-ride audio from Rubeus Hagrid himself.
Universal Orlando will implement a virtual queue for the Hagrid coaster starting tomorrow, allowing fans to enjoy other attractions in the parks while they await their ride time. But for today, the resort played it old school, with some of the longest wait time seen since the original opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter nine years ago this month.
If you want to ride Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we are extending the sale on Universal Orlando tickets that offer five days for the price of two. Tickets are valid for five days within seven days of first use, expiring December 20, with no blockout dates. But you must buy before July 31. So if you want to lock in some great prices for the Universal parks, but wait to go until the queues calm down a bit and the ride gets up to full capacity, you can go ahead and grab those tickets now.Tweet
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