News articles tagged 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'
21 May 2019 at 21:04 GMT
New story details and imagery for Universal Orlando’s latest addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park have been revealed. The Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure immersive rollercoaster attraction opens on 13 June and takes visitors on a high-speed magical creature journey with the Hogwarts gamekeeper.
Riders will follow the Care of Magical Creatures teacher on an immersive ‘story coaster’ experience and travel through sets and locations made popular by the ‘Potter’ films. Unique to this experience is a trip to the edge of the Forbidden Forest to explore new ruins that have been ‘abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut’.
Harry Potter production designer Stuart Craig and art director Alan Gilmore brought the authentic ruins to life, which house ‘materials from Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class’ (including dragon eggs) and a pre-show experience with Arthur Weasley and both Hagrid and dog Fang.
Visitors will then board Hagrid’s iconic flying motorbike where they’ll be taken deep into the Forbidden Forest and encounter a horde of magical beasts. The coaster also features ‘the most launches [seven] of any roller coaster in the world’ (that’s the whole slow to fast bit) and is ‘the first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop,’ with a plunge of nearly 17 feet (around 5 metres).
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the longest roller coaster in Florida (the theme park capital of the world), measuring ‘nearly a mile in length’. Visitors also have the option of riding in either Hagrid’s motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar (ridden by Harry in Deathly Hallows). (Of course, the attraction wouldn’t be complete without a ‘backwards bit’ — that comes after a 65 foot ‘catapult’ in the air at a more than 70 degree angle. Eep!)
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Universal Orlando on 13 June and replaces the Triwizard-themed Dragon Challenge attraction.
7 May 2019 at 21:02 GMT
A life-size animatronic version of Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid will be the centerpiece of Universal’s upcoming immersive coaster experience, opening at Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park on 13 June.
Standing at 7 feet 6 inches, the animatronic is the most advanced animated figure ever created by Universal. The team behind the model studied ‘Potter’ actor Robbie Coltrane’s body movements and facial expressions to help inform the half giant’s design, which has a ‘meticulously hand-sculpted face’ and ‘24 different body actions’.
Hagrid’s costume was created by the same team who designed the gamekeeper’s clothing for the Harry Potter films, while Coltrane recorded new dialogue specifically for the attraction. As for magic? Visitors can expect to see a replica of Hagrid’s iconic pink-umbrella-turned-wand.
Last month, Universal revealed a number of creatures that visitors will encounter during Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, including Cornish Pixies, Centaurs, Fluffy and a Blast-Ended Skrewt. The new attraction opens on 13 June.
20 April 2019 at 20:04 GMT
Throughout the week, Universal revealed a number of creatures that will appear inside Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the new immersive coaster experience opening at Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park on 13 June.
Universal also revealed a number of other exciting creature tidbits, including Thestrals, creatures from the Hogwarts black lake, gnomes and more. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure replaces the Triwizard-themed Dragon Challenge coaster (which closed in 2017) and opens on 13 June.
22 February 2019 at 11:59 GMT
A new ‘immersive coaster experience’ themed around Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid and his menagerie of magical creatures is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.
The new ride will open on 13 June 2019, and further details will be revealed in the coming months. The attraction replaces the Triwizard-themed Dragon Challengecoaster which closed in 2017.
10 December 2016 at 01:15 GMT
Bonnie Wright, the actress who played Ginny Weasley in all eight Harry Potter films, recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Hollywood. Universal has sent over a picture of Bonnie at the park, check it out below.
19 September 2015 at 19:29 GMT
Universal has revealed the first poster for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, opening Spring 2016 at Universal Studios in Hollywood.