Terrified of Roller Coasters? Here’s How I’m Talking Myself into Riding Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

I’m terrified of roller coasters. There, I said it. Now that that’s out of the way, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I’m absolutely petrified to ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure when the new ride opens up at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. While I may be hyperventilating in the two-hour line to get on the coaster, how can I not ride it?

I can’t be the only one in this situation (my fellow bag holders, I’m looking at you), so I’ve compiled the points I keep running through in my mind to talk myself into riding this roller coaster. Hopefully I make it onto the carts, and maybe this can help bolster some other reluctant adventurers.


I’ve Watched It Grow Up Like a Proud Mama



Every visit to the park over the past nearly two years, I’ve hoisted myself onto the railing in the line for the Hogwarts Express so I could crane my neck over the construction fence like Aunt Petunia spying on the neighbors. I didn’t risk tumbling off of a metal railing and possibly chipping a tooth on the way down for nothing. I need to see this ride in its fully finished form, which means both the outside and the inside. The only way to do that is to ride it.


If the Kids Can Do It, So Can I



Have you ever been in line for a ride and completely freaking out on the inside when you see a small child in line ahead of you who is cool, calm, and collected? How do they do that? I would like to think if a 48-inch-tall child can handle this ride, so can I. The original description issued by Universal declared it “fun for the entire family,” so here’s holding on to that suggestion that it’s a family coaster. (Have you seen that vertical backward drop, though?!)


What Makes This New Roller Coaster So Unique?



That description of the roller coaster that I mentioned above hints at this ride being unique and utilizing some advanced technology that sets it apart from other coasters. I want to know what about this roller coaster will “redefine the category.” Curiosity killed the cat, but hopefully, it won’t kill me.


It’s Harry Potter Themed



I probably should have led with this, right? I feel like I would be missing out on something magical if I didn’t allow myself to experience this bit of the Wizarding World theme parks. If it’s Harry Potter, I have to do it. That’s what got me onto Gringotts, and that’s what I’m relying on to get me onto Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.


Pray for me. I’ll see you all on the other side.

Amy Hogan

I was 9 years old when I discovered the magic that is “Harry Potter.” I am a proud Hufflepuff and exceedingly good at eating, reading, being sarcastic, and over-thinking small tasks. Since I spent too much time worrying about the correct way to write this bio, this is all I was able to come up with before the deadline.