First Glimpse of Universal Orlando’s New Wizarding World Coaster Experience

Since it was announced, there has been speculation about the ride that will replace Dragon Challenge in Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure. Now, the theme park has revealed artwork that gives a sneak peek of the new coaster experience coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2019.

Featured in the promotional artwork is a coaster track, rising out of the Forbidden Forest and toward Hogwarts Castle. Also shown in the image are two mischievous-looking Cornish pixies. Will they play a role in the new ride experience?



From construction photos hinting that the ride will be partially, or entirely, an indoor experience, we have speculated that the coaster will head through the castle. While the new artwork doesn’t confirm or deny the indoor theory, it does appear to confirm theories that suggested the ride will spend time in the Forbidden Forest.

Unfortunately, we won’t know any further details about the ride until early 2019. Until then, the promotional artwork and construction photos are sure to keep fans guessing about what magical experience awaits.

What do you think the new ride will include? Is there anything you would love to see featured in the parks?

Press Release


Experience Will Bring Even More Extraordinary Moments to Life in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

More Details about the Magical New Adventure will be revealed in Early 2019

Universal Orlando Resort is giving guests a glimpse of the environment it is creating for the highly anticipated new experience coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in 2019. Today, the resort shared never-before-seen artwork hinting at the magical adventure that awaits.

In 2010, Universal Orlando Resort brought the wonder, excitement and adventure of the Harry Potter books and films to life for the first time with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The expansion of the global phenomenon continued in 2014 with the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida – allowing guests to experience even more extraordinary moments from Harry Potter’s magical world. With the Hogwarts Express connecting both lands, providing guests the opportunity to board the iconic train and relive Harry’s unforgettable journey, Universal Orlando created the world’s first centrally-themed, [sic] multi-park experience.

Opening in 2019 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, the new experience will become Universal’s most highly-themed coaster yet – immersing guests in an all-new adventure that is the next installment of the Wizarding World brought to life at Universal Orlando Resort.

More information about the attraction will be revealed in early 2019. Stay tuned for an exact date and more information.

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!

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