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New Harry Potter ride prompts 10-hour wait at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Posted at 9:49 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 11:34:31-04

People are excited about the latest ride to open at Universal's Islands of Adventure — really excited — so excited that they will wait 10+ hours for it.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opened Thursday and the park was overtaken by wizards and muggles who wanted to be there for the opening.

New Harry Potter roller coaster opens at Universal Studios Orlando

WFTV in Orlando reports that at about 8:30 a.m., the line was at an unbelievable 8-hour wait. Keep in mind the park does not even open until 9 a.m.

Since then, the line has jumped to 600 minutes — 10 hours!

If you ever do make it to the front of the line and on the ride, here's what you can expect:

The much anticipated roller coaster takes passengers into the Forbidden Forest and beyond the grounds of Hogwarts, all while they ride motorbikes (or the adjacent sidecar).

Each cart will ascend above more than 1,200 live trees, rapidly accelerate through mysterious ruins, speed forward – and backward, and so much more as they search for the Wizarding World’s rarest magical creatures.

The “story coaster” will feature innovative technology that is integrated so seamlessly into the surrounding environments, guests won’t know what to expect next.

Along the way, they’ll experience thrills they’ve never felt on a coaster before, including:

  • The most launches of any roller coaster in the world – with 7 total launches
  • The longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet)
  • Unexpectedly dropping nearly 17 feet on a first-of-its-kind, free-fall vertical drop in the U.S.
  • Being catapulted 65 feet in the air at a more than 70 degree angle – and then immediately dropping backward in one movement