We’ve known a new ride is coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort for some time now, and some exciting new details have been made official. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the title of the most highly-themed coaster yet, and it’s due to open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park on June 13, 2019.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure replaces the Dragon Challenge coasters in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade area at Islands of Adventure. Dragon Challenge was, of course, a retrofitted ride that existed before Wizarding World was built, and it was previously called Dueling Dragons. It was a tremendously fun coaster, but Universal Orlando demolished the whole thing last year, making way for a brand new attraction.
In the new concept art below, you can see that guests will be able to ride either on Hagrid’s motorbike or in the sidecar, as you zip through the Forbidden Forest and beyond, encountering “some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.” I’m extremely excited to ride this—Universal Orlando does themed coasters really well, from Revenge of The Mummy to Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which is located in the Diagon Alley portion of the Wizarding World at the neighboring Universal Studios park.
More details about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are due to be revealed in March, so stay tuned. But yeah, the big news is that a brand new Harry Potter ride is coming to Universal Orlando this June!