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|Product||LSM Launch Coaster (Custom)|
|Type||Steel - Launched|
|Riders per train||14|
|Propulsion||3 LSM launches and 4 LSM boosts|
|Top speed||50 mph|
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a steel launched roller coaster located at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA. It opened on June 13, 2019 and replaced Dragon Challenge, which closed on September 4, 2017. Hagrid is the host of this ride. At a cost of $300 million, it was the world's most expensive roller coaster to build, three times more than the previous record holder, Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom, which cost $100 million.
The ride began construction shortly after Dragon Challenge was removed in January 2018.
On February 21, 2019, Universal confirmed that the ride would be named Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and that it would open on June 13, 2019. When the ride opened, the lines to get on the attraction took upwards of 10 hours, stretching all the way to Port of Entry.
On October 2, 2019, the attraction was shut down after a swarm of bees surrounded the area.
On August 11, 2020, the ride was closed following a small fire in a backstage area. The coaster reopened shortly after.
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is an LSM launch coaster from Intamin. It features 7 launches (a world record), a spike that sends riders backwards, four tunnels and a 17 foot vertical drop track, although riders only experience after going backwards into the building. Hagrid is heard on the speakers of the trains, along with on-board audio.
When the train exits the building, riders will hear Hagrid on the speakers saying "And don't mind the thestrals. Clever and useful they are." After a right turn, the train launches from 0 to 20 mph in 1.2 seconds. The riders approach an S-curve. Hagrid will then say "Off you go, we'll meet you at the edge of the Forbidden Forest!" The train makes a right turn and launches from 22 mph to 30 mph in 1.5 seconds. The riders pass through a tunnel and an airtime hill. Hagrid then says "We better round up the Screwts before they set fire to anything else. They just don't know what they're doing." The train hits the brakes and goes into Hagrid's Hut. Inside, Hagrid is seen, along with a Blast-Ended Skrewt. Several things are found in the hut including barrels, bricks, a teddy bear, a ladder and crates. Hagrid then says "Wow! There's no need for that! That's enough for today! You should head back! We'll pick this up later!" After exiting Hagrid's Hut, the train makes a right turn and launches from 0 to 32 mph in 3.5 seconds up a hill. At the top, riders dive down into a tunnel and go through several curves. Following this, the train then launches from 27 mph to 35 mph in 2.3 seconds. Hagrid will then say "Galloping Gorgles!" The train makes a double right turn, followed by a small airtime hill. Then, Hagrid will say "Arthur warned me about those bikes. But I didn't think they'd take all of you into The Forbidden Forest. Just hang on!" Riders make a right turn and hit the block brake. Fluffy can be found to the left of the block brake eating a bone. Hagrid will say "Oh, and don't mind Fluffy. His barks are worse than his bites." Riders will then hear Fluffy’s barks and the train approaches the switch track by making a left turn, and then launches from 21 mph to 41 mph in 2.5 seconds. The riders will see the car with Cornish Pixies and the Cornish Pixie squeak sound can be heard. Hagrid on speakers then says "Now, don't panic, we just need to-" The train enters a foggy tunnel, then climbs a 70° vertical rollback. Hagrid will say "Oh, no! Looks like you lost power!" Riders fall backwards and Hagrid will say "I got you, don't worry! Reparo!" The train launches from 37 mph to 44 mph in 1.7 seconds, then passes through a tunnel and a helix. Hagrid on speakers will say "Sorry, never was great shakes at magic." Riders hit the brakes and head into a building filled with a nighttime scenery and centaurs. The train enters a room by taking a separate track. Hagrid will say "Ohh, crikey! You’re tangled in Devil's Snare! Repeat after me; lumos solem" After strobing effects show tentacles, a vertical drop track plunges the train 17 feet. Hagrid will then say "Phew! That was close! Now, we just need to? Oh good, you found my missing skrewts. Let's get you out of here before you get blasted!" Fog effects will appear and the train launches out of the building from 0 to 50 mph in 4 seconds. Hagrid will then say "Now, hit those purple buttons! Hold on! Dragon fire's got a kick!" The train makes a left bank turn and then hits the final brake run. A unicorn can be seen on the left side before the train returns to the station.
The queue line is similar to Dragon Challenge, except it has huts, pumpkin farms, rose gardens and ruins. There is also a preshow.
The structure for the ride's building is the ruins. During the ride, the train passes through Hagrid's Hut and Devil's Snare.
The ride has five different creatures. A Blast-Ended Skrewt can be seen in Hagrid's Hut. Fluffy the three-headed dog and Cornish pixies can be found in the middle of the ride, while Devil's Snare and a Centaur are seen in the indoor area.
12 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 14 riders per train. The trains on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are unique in that riders can choose between a motorbike or a sidecar to ride in.
- ↑ "Universal Orlando's much anticipated $300M 'Harry Potter' roller coaster is now open". https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/universal-studios-harry-potter-roller-coaster-open.
- ↑ "Universal Orlando announces Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will open June 13". https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/02/21/universal-orlando-announces-hagrids-magical-creatures-motorbike-adventure-will-open-june-13.
- ↑ "Harry Potter Fans Wait up to 10 Hours to Ride Universal Orlando's Newest Roller Coaster". https://time.com/5607217/harry-potter-ride-universal-10-hour-line/.
- ↑ "Bees Force Closure of Universal Orlando's Hagrid Coaster". https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/attractions/2019/10/02/universal-orlando-hagrid-coaster-bees.
- ↑ "Universal closes Hagrid’s roller coaster after backstage fire". Click Orlando. https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/08/12/universal-closes-hagrids-roller-coaster-after-backstage-fire/.
- Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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