A new Harry Potter-themed roller coaster will open June 13
at Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Universal released details about Hagrid's Magical
Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a coaster that will reach up to 50 mph and
travel forward and backward.
The ride "will combine a new level of storytelling and
innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets -- including an
actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees," Universal said in a
The ride will follow the character Rubeus Hagrid, Hogwarts
castle's groundskeeper, a teacher and a friend of Harry Potter in the popular
franchise. Guests will follow Hagrid into the Forbidden Forest, the foreboding
woodland on the grounds of Hogwarts.
"It all begins when guests (starting at 48 inches tall)
join Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class and board magical motorbikes specially
designed to make them feel the freedom of flight," Universal said. "Guests
will either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar as they embark on
a journey that will bring them closer to some of the Wizarding World's rarest
magical creatures. But as they make their way through the Forbidden Forest ...
things don't go as planned."
Along the way, riders will encounter a Centaur, a
three-headed dog named Fluffy and Cornish Pixies, including a creature never
seen in the Harry Potter films.
The attraction will be located in the Wizarding World of
Harry Potter -- Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando.