Common has acquired a whole lot of flak over over the previous a number of years for the brand new additions to their theme parks. Cranium Island: Reign of Kong debuted in 2016 with the Kong animatronic, exterior set design and queue leaving many impressed, however so much didn’t embrace the attraction because of the heavy use of screens. 2017 noticed the arrival of Race By New York Starring Jimmy Fallon in addition to a ton of unhealthy suggestions for the trip itself, however many praised the queue. Quick and Livid – Supercharged was launched in 2018, however likelihood is you don’t know a single one that really likes it – aside from me, however I embrace the stupidity of it. The purpose is, Common has had a tough couple of years with new points of interest, however we knew that will change with Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey.
Particulars had been imprecise at first concerning the newest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Even earlier than Dragon Problem noticed its final problem, rumors had been swirling for a very long time new coaster would take its place. Some had been anticipating Common to construct the tallest curler coaster on property and others had been speculating that they might persist with a family-friendly attraction. Common in the end determined with the family-friendly curler coaster method, however it will be belittling to easily label Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey as a family-friendly trip, as a result of it’s so way more than that and we’ll get there.
Common closed the doorways on Dragon Problem on September four, 2017 and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey will open to friends on June 13, 2019. In the event you need assistance doing the mathematics, that’s lower than two years to dismantle two curler coasters, construct a brand new one, utterly re-theme and replace the queue, construct a forest, and add in animatronics, whereas shedding the display screen know-how that Common had relied on so closely over the previous couple years. It’s not all good, however it’s spectacular and the outcomes are fairly beautiful.
Let’s start by going over the brand new expertise… Warning – some spoilers forward!
For the second time in a Wizarding World attraction, friends will make their method into the Forbidden Forest past the grounds of Hogwarts. You may even see some advertising and marketing saying that you’ll be flying into the Forbidden Forest for the primary time, however in fact you possibly can at all times fly into the Forbidden Forest on an enchanted bench in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Anyhow, the explanation you’re going into the Forbidden Forest is to attend a Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid. The way in which to get you into the Forbidden Forest – motorbikes with sidecars similar to the one Sirius Black lent to Hagrid and later belonged to Harry.
Entrance and Lockers
Let’s go very broad right here only for a second. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey is situated inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade inside Islands of Journey at Common Orlando Resort. In the event you solely have a ticket for Common Studios Florida, it received’t do you any good, except you improve to a Park-to-Park choice, which is at all times beneficial when you’re seeking to get the total Wizarding World expertise. In the event you’re in search of the attraction and coming in from The Misplaced Continent or the Hogwarts Specific, you’ll discover it in your proper simply previous the Hogsmeade arch and the Hogwarts Specific prepare. In the event you’re coming into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter from Jurassic Park, you’ll make a proper after the bridge to move into Hogsmeade and the attraction is situated to your left.
Lockers are required for greater unfastened articles. What which means is luggage, backpacks, purses, cameras, memento cups, wands, and the rest that may’t match safely or securely right into a pocket or be thrown away. Mainly, you possibly can take what you need on the trip so long as it’s in a pocket and it’s not going to return out. That features your telephone or GoPro that you simply’ll be tempted to file the trip with. Depart it in your pocket and don’t strive it. As somebody who labored at a curler coaster previously, when you drop your machine then it’s going to most probably break.
The format for the outside portion of the queue is comparatively unchanged from what it was as Dragon Problem. As you wind your method nearer to the ruins, you’ll have spectacular views of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey in motion the identical method you noticed the entire motion of Dragon Problem/Dueling Dragons. The one main change is the addition of additional queue behind Hagrid’s hut. When steel detectors had been applied at Dragon Problem, elements of this space was used for the method, however now it’s being utilized as a bulk a part of the out of doors queue. In the event you had been a fan of Dragon Problem, you knew how uncommon it was to really ever have to attend outdoor besides throughout the busiest instances of the yr, however a great quantity of ready will now occur on this portion due to the pre-show addition.
Different minor touches embrace magical creatures that mix into their surroundings and further gardens round Hagrid’s hut. As you method the traditional ruins you’ll discover that it appears to be like comparatively much like its Dragon Problem look, however crumbling and lacking an additional turret. As a substitute of strolling easy into the queue, such as you did with Dragon Problem into the Champions’ Tent the place you’d see the Goblet of Fireplace, you now make a left right into a set of double doorways to enter the inside portion of the queue.
As quickly as you enter these doorways, you’ll discover a nod to Dragon Problem/Dueling Dragons immediately in entrance of you, however that’s provided that individuals aren’t standing in entrance of it. Primarily, you’ll see textual content that claims “Dueling Membership” with a blue dragon to the left of it and a purple dragon to the best. In the event you don’t know what which means, the attraction was initially Dueling Dragons and the coasters can be launched on the similar time and would have moments the place the coasters would almost miss out on a collision. The 2 dragons had been blue and purple for ice and hearth. Dragon Problem then got here subsequent when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter took over and the coasters continued to duel for a brief time period, however the blue and purple dragons remained because the Hungarian Horntail and Chinese language Fireball.
Shifting on, you make a left while you enter the ruins and also you’re proper again within the acquainted queue of the previous. The Triwizard Cup is clearly gone from the primary round room and it does really feel empty within the heart, however the partitions at the moment are adorned with stunning paintings of magical creatures that appears prefer it has been there for hundreds of years. After leaving this room, you’ll come to a cease as a result of that is the place you enter the pre-show.
Common is embracing Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey as a narrative coaster and due to this they want a possibility to arrange the story. They do that within the pre-show that options Arthur Weasley and Rubeus Hagrid. The pre-show occurs within the space that was the Champions’ Tent, however it has been utterly redesigned. The know-how to deliver Arthur and Hagrid there is similar that you simply see with Invoice Weasley in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
As you enter the room, you see the bike sitting by itself till Arthur pops up after having a little bit of a welding accident. Hagrid enters within the room to examine on him and welcomes the friends to his particular Care of Magical Creatures class for the day. Arthur has agreed to assist get us round for the category by fixing up the bike. Once we get to the sting of the forest, Hagrid plans on exhibiting us Blast-Ended Skrewts, Cornish Pixies, and a Unicorn if we’re fortunate sufficient to lure one in. Hagrid’s canine fang knocks open a cage with Cornish Pixies that wreak havoc round Arthur and Hagrid, however it units up the chance so as to add some particular results within the pre-show.
The trail of the inside queue after the pre-show is principally an identical to what it was earlier than, however it’s virtually utterly completely different within the open rooms. The primary room you enter in that housed the three golden eggs for the Triwizard Match has been utterly reworked. It now seems to be a kitchen of types. Pots and pans are hung across the room, some are stacked larger than you possibly can think about, and there’s an enormous hearth with burning embers. The good a part of this room is the tree that has come via a window and continued to thrive within the surroundings.
The subsequent room used to function some tapestries and floating candles, however principally was only a darkish room. Now it’s shiny and vibrant, lit up by massive glass home windows, the room is made up of cabinets with Hagrid’s eggs which might be near hatching, however there’s additionally one other nod to Dragon Problem on this room. Within the center show case, you’ll be capable to spot the golden egg that used to hold above the doorway of Dragon Problem. In addition to the eggs on this room, a whole lot of the partitions function the identical historic paintings of magical creatures which might be remarkably nicely finished and extra foliage is rising via the ceilings.
You then make your method via lengthy winding tunnels the identical method you probably did via Dragon Problem and Dueling Dragons. There are a couple of minor adjustments to this inside part, however most of it stays an identical. The one huge change involves small inside room of the catacombs. This room went from a boring, round area right into a sprawled out workplace. Cages, jars, and extra are saved all all through the room, posters of various magical creatures, together with the Niffler, are hanging all through the room, and there’s an enormous desk with Hagrid’s gloves and studying supplies. The area is very-well themed, however the props are simply accessible and can most likely be destroying by impatient friends shortly.
You proceed via extra tunnels till you method the ultimate a part of your journey. Gone is the select thy destiny room main to 2 completely different paths and as a substitute there’s a large open room that’s clearly below one other portion of the ruins as you possibly can search for and see the floorboards and extra. Every so often you’ll see and listen to a motorcycle being ridden and you then even see it multiply to the quantity of motorbikes you see on every prepare. You’ll even catch spiders and different creatures crawling up above you.
Boarding the Trip
As you end the final a part of the queue, it’s important to begin making some selections. First off, work out how many individuals are in your group. Second, determine who desires to take a seat on the bike and who desires to take a seat within the sidecar. Three, take note of the video screens earlier than boarding to see how one can board shortly and effectively. The loading portion is completed on a transferring belt system much like Hollywood Rip Trip Rockit and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. In the course of the testing interval and the media occasion, the belt was transferring at a slower tempo whereas the crew will get used to the best way to finest load the attraction, however sooner or later it’s going to pace up and you may’t be caught off guard.
Peak and Weight Limitations
It’s not a secret that there are various Common points of interest that aren’t accommodating of all physique sizes. This normally is taken negatively, however it actually is broad. Whereas working at Common, I noticed friends who had been thicker across the waist don’t have any points getting on an attraction, however the physique builder proper subsequent to them wouldn’t be capable to trip, as a result of they had been constructed too massive. For an attraction like this a much bigger higher physique might be much less of a problem that somebody with wider hips and legs. It actually simply depends upon the individual, however I’ll attempt to break down what I noticed sensitively.
First off, the bike is certainly extra accommodating for greater and taller friends. It doesn’t seem like modified, however the restraint simply closes on you in another way due to the place you might be in. With the bike, I don’t see top as a problem in any respect, however friends with greater hips and waists might have extra difficulties.
The sidecar is a unique story. The seating for the sidecar is extra conventional, however it is vitally compact. As an individual who’s 6 ft four inches, I felt like I used to be sitting down within the automotive and my legs had been barely elevated due to it. I do carry most of my size in my legs, however I’m not all legs. The issue with this seat is the restraint hit my thighs at concerning the half method level due to my lengthy calfs. The restraint was nonetheless one other six or seven inches away from my abdomen, so there was loads of room that method, however even then I’m not the trimmest individual on the market by any means. That being stated, the sidecar nonetheless appears fairly accommodating, however the largest concern will most likely be for many who are tall or carry their weight of their hips.
The very last thing I’ll say about it’s use the take a look at seats to determine forward of time when you can trip and which seat you might be extra snug with. If you may get that sorted out forward of time then the loading expertise can be a lot smoother. That being stated, once I boarded the sidecar and was proper on the extent, a Staff Member did ask me if I used to be snug and if I’d like to modify so it’s doable to alter your thoughts, however you possibly can’t be indecisive. Finally, determine forward of time utilizing take a look at seats.
After you board your bike or sidecar, you might be off to the sting of the Forbidden Forest. It doesn’t take very lengthy to hit the primary of seven launches all through the attraction, however as soon as you’re taking off it doesn’t decelerate aside from a handful of instances. You weave your method across the forest and ultimately get inside the primary present scene the place the Blast-Ended Skrewt is situated exhibiting off its outstanding blasting finish and that is additionally the place you’ll discover the Hagrid animatronic that Common promoted main as much as the opening of the attraction. You’re taking off as soon as once more and ultimately fly previous Fluffy, the three-headed canine, in your left.
One of many options of the attraction that was closely promoted was the spike second. You see the Flying Ford Anglia lined by Cornish Pixies sitting on rocks as you’re taking off via a tunnel of fog and on the different finish you end up going into the air at a 70 diploma angle and instantly again down right into a portion of the trip that takes place utterly backwards. This second isn’t actually epic except you’re sitting within the entrance 2 rows, however the mechanics behind it are genius. Whenever you come again down you inevitably take a unique path which means that the observe swap must be lightning quick, as a result of all of it occurs in a really quick period of time.
Your backwards journey takes you right into a darkish a part of the Forbidden Forest the place you see the centaurs earlier than getting entangled in Satan’s Snare. That is the second the place the coaster has its free-fall drop. The drop is fast and doesn’t really feel very far, however it nonetheless provides to the thrill of the trip. From there you’re taking off out of the darkish a part of the forest and hit the quickest launch of the trip to take you again to the ruins.
Instantly after exiting Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey for the primary time, I had already determined that it was now my favourite curler coaster at Common Orlando and probably even my favourite in Orlando. After a day of processing that attraction, I nonetheless have the identical feeling I did once I received off. It truly is a house run for Common. It’s not good, and I’ll clarify what I imply, however it’s a trip that’s going to be adorned by followers of Harry Potter in addition to those that love theme parks.
I believe one of many good issues concerning the attraction is that you simply don’t need to be a fan of Harry Potter to take pleasure in it. I really feel the identical method about Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, however that’s extra from a technological standpoint. That trip is constructed so extremely nicely which you could admire it whatever the story and characters you see. It enhances the story if you realize them, however it doesn’t make or break the attraction. Hagrid’s is similar method, however not technologically talking. It’s a curler coaster that’s quick, however not too quick and continuously transferring, and it has a couple of hills and thrills, however spends extra time weaving and turning. It might undoubtedly be extra family-friendly, however it’s about as family-friendly as it may be from a design standpoint. Producers determine the heigh requirement, not Common, however I wager if the coaster didn’t make the most of the bike trains then the peak requirement can be decrease. Nonetheless, the trains are an enormous a part of the enjoyable.
Shifting backwards, the queue is exceptionally well-done in my guide and is an enormous improve from Dragon Problem, however it didn’t take a lot to enhance on that queue regardless of how a lot I liked it. The problem I do have with the queue is the pre-show primarily. The spot they selected to place it in makes good sense contemplating the area they needed to work with, however it’s a weird alternative. The pre-show is about three minutes lengthy and perhaps holds 40 individuals max within the room, so on a busy day you’re going to have an extended wait out within the Florida solar earlier than you make it inside. One technique might be to simply skip the present, and belief me it’s arrange so you possibly can simply skip it, however that does impression the final word story. That being stated, you don’t have to know the story of Arthur Weasley tinkering with the motorbikes so you possibly can journey into the Forbidden Forest to benefit from the curler coaster.
After you permit the pre-show there’s a TON of queue left. On days when the trip isn’t operating with many trains or simply actually backed up I’m positive you’ll be ready in a great chunk of the road, however it has to actually again as much as make the most of your complete inside portion. Most friends most likely don’t care about taking the time to take a look at the small print, so it’s actually a non-issue, however it’s a disgrace to assume that it could have been arrange the place you’ll spend the identical period of time within the solar or much more ready than you do contained in the air-conditioned parts. It’s a disgrace, as a result of the rooms that went via a redesign all have a ton of element and are very fascinating to take a look at.
As for the trip automobiles, I really like the motorbikes. I really feel like a whole lot of buddies and households will combat over who will get to take a seat on the bike as a substitute of the sidecar, however thematically it simply makes extra sense. I solely want that the consolation of every seat was the identical. My spouse and I each have the identical size legs and each of us would most likely favor to take a seat on the bike, however one in all us will at all times have to take a seat sidecar and that’s a disgrace.
The trip itself may be very contemporary. Whereas I really like moments within the attraction just like the spike and the drop portion, these aren’t the moments that make the attraction enjoyable for me. To me, the trip is at its finest when it’s dashing off, turning, and twisting. Even though Common planted a ton of timber for the Forbidden Forest, it’s removed from maturity. In reality, it’s extraordinarily extensive open to the purpose that more often than not you don’t really feel such as you’re really driving via a forest. That’s not essentially a knock on it, as a result of over time the timber will develop and fill in, however proper now it’s not there. Even after 10 years there are nonetheless going to be parts of the trip the place you don’t really feel such as you’re deep in a forest, however I don’t assume anybody really anticipated that.
I discussed earlier than that it strikes quick, however not too quick. That’s true, however I do assume that the attraction strikes a bit too quick previous the animatronics. The primary time I rode, I felt like I had extra time to take a look at the Blast-Ended Skrewt, Hagrid, after which Fluffy afterward, however each trip after that it appeared like they got here and went in a blur. That’s a little bit of a disappointment contemplating how a lot they put into a number of the animatronics, however I’m speaking Hagrid particularly. The Blast-Ended Skrewt is fairly superior to see in motion, however they didn’t actually work on hiding the mount for it and that barely bothered me. The common visitor most likely received’t discover or care, however it caught out like a sore thumb to an individual like me who overanalyzes the whole lot.
You do additionally transfer in a short time previous the Flying Ford Anglia and the centaur within the Forbidden Forest, however that didn’t really hassle me a lot as a result of they had been static. What did hassle me was the transition throughout the day from being outdoors within the forest in daylight to the within portion with the Satan’s Snare that’s at midnight. It’s laborious to see a whole lot of the small print in there as a result of your eyes can’t alter shortly sufficient, however there’s not a lot that might be finished to really repair that. I really feel like you possibly can really see it nicely by the point you end the drop although, so you possibly can undoubtedly admire some parts of the inside.
Wish to have the very best general expertise? Trip Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey at night time. I do know it’s cliche to say curler coaster is finest skilled at night time, however it’s very true for Hagrid’s. It feels quicker and extra chaotic throughout the day. The motorbikes mild the way in which, however it’s frantic and feels extra true to the films. The lighting design is ideal and my solely criticism comes from the Satan’s Snare scene. Keep in mind how I stated it’s laborious to see within the day, as a result of your eyes haven’t adjusted? You don’t have that drawback at night time, so sadly you possibly can see the mechanics of the Satan’s Snare and it barely takes away from the magic, however that’s one minor criticism concerning the expertise at night time as entire.
I don’t doubt that Hagrid’s could have insane traces for a really very long time, so one issue you’ll want to take into account is how lengthy you’re prepared to attend for the attraction. Common can be using their digital line system to assist lower down on the wait instances, however in the end their objective is to get you on shortly. They don’t need you standing inside and outside in miserably lengthy traces. I wouldn’t name anybody loopy for ready 2, three, or four hours for his or her first trip. Heck, I’d most likely even wait 2 hours for it if I used to be with a buddy who actually needed to trip it for the primary time. Solely time will present the very best methods for getting on the attraction, however it’s a must-do attraction for positive.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey is a large success for Common and a return to what they do finest – mixing thrills and storytelling with characters that we all know and love.