Lightning (not the scar on Harry’s forehead) briefly delayed riders’ waits but quickly dissipated.
By noon, the line snaked out of Hogsmeade, Orlando’s version of the village that surrounds Hogwarts castle and contains “Potter”-themed rides and shops, and around the back of the park.
Universal Orlando executives promised the coaster would be the “most highly themed, immersive” ride at the park yet. No wonder Potterheads were willing to wait in a line slower than Snape’s potion class.
The new thrill ride stars Rubeus Hagrid, beloved Keeper of Keys of Hogwarts and magical creature maven, as he whisks muggles around its hallowed grounds. Riders either helm Hagrid’s bike or sit in the sidecar (and, as Universal’s hinted, the seat you end up in may decide the bumpiness of your ride).
Riders embark on a high-speed journey around Hogwars’ Forbidden Forest in the new ride.
Courtesy Universal Orlando
The track is dotted with beloved wizards like Arthur Weasley and creatures benevolent or otherwise like Cornish pixies, massive spiders and the snarling three-headed dog Fluffy. Naturally, mayhem ensues.
Stars of the film series held a rare reunion at the park Wednesday to celebrate the opening, including Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). Suffice to say, they didn’t need to wait in line.