REVIEW: Immersive Queue for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Is Bursting with Magical Detail
Chances are, the wait to experience the newest attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort will be very long for quite some time. Fortunately, like many other rides at Universal’s theme parks, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure features plenty of entertainment along the way.
Set on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest, the line winds through mysterious ruins that many students have explored over the years, leaving evidence of their presence in the form of graffiti. Mottos, song lyrics, doodles, and detailed drawings decorate the walls. Hagrid has made his presence known as well through a collection of creature-related paraphernalia, from relevant books and equipment to dragon eggs. Word has it that Hagrid has been using these ruins as a hideout for his beloved beasts and has now decided to take his Care of Magical Creatures class for a look at some rich zoological diversity.
Upon entering the vicinity, you’ll be able to see the coaster track winding through the extensive ruins, reminiscent of the remnants of real medieval Scottish castles and abbeys. There wasn’t music playing during our preview experience, but there was constant whinnying in the distance. You’ll pass by Hagrid’s hut, surrounded by pumpkins, before you reach the main ivy-covered complex. Within, you can see carvings of a few creatures before reaching the indoor portion of the queue, where the students’ graffiti is worth a close look. You’ll soon be greeted by a pre-show in the form of a video projection, similar to the one that welcomes you to Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts in Diagon Alley, establishing the premise of the ride with appearances by some familiar characters and creatures. The twists and turns of the tunnels ahead are interspersed with Hagrid’s illustrations, research, and equipment, giving you a hint as to what the ride will be about.
A video screen explains how the boarding process will work, depending on if you want to ride the motorbike or the sidecar, and there are test seats if you’d like to get a feel for each before having to make your decision. The final room before boarding has some creepy overhead effects as shadows scuttle and motorbikes roar across the slatted ceiling. We suggest taking your time and relishing the painstaking detail in the queue, though this is almost certainly a necessity with the expected wait times. The line might take a few hours to get through for the foreseeable future, but there will be an abundance of interesting sights to occupy you, a new surprise at every turn, and mounting anticipation.
If you want to know specifics, check out the images and descriptions below for some of the Easter eggs hidden in this fascinating queue.