The Epic Opening Day Fail by Universal Orlando New Hagrids Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Universal opened the new Hagrids Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure on Thursday, June 13. The Hagrids ride is one of the most anticipated ride openings for Universal in a long time. The last ride opening was Fast and Furious, and that ride is awful, so maybe they are due for a good trip. The old Dueling Dragons roller coaster area in Islands of Adventure has been transformed into this motorcycle roller coaster ride. Opening day saw 10 hour wait time to weather delays to finally "at capacity" readings in the Universal app. We spoke to one couple who said they were in the line for seven hours and Florida thunderstorm came through and delayed the ride another hour or so. They couldn't leave the line because they would lose their spot, so they just had to sit in the front getting drenched with no poncho. Universal did a horrible job on the opening day of this ride. Better Orlando PR should have been done to spread the word about the potential of a ten hour wait time. I went and saw the Avengers movie at Citywalk, and they had the movie playing every 15 minutes for 24 hours a day on opening day. Universal offers express passes for all the rides you can pay extra, so why not open the park at 7 am and open it to a special express pass? How about a system where you show up at a specific time and get a ticket to ride at a later time? I don't understand opening this up regularly and putting up a 600 minute wait time on your app and "at capacity" type things. Some people travel across the Globe to ride this, and I would have hated to deal with seeing 600-minute waits, and getting poured on, and then seeing it at capacity on opening day. Think this was an epic failure on how to open a new ride. What did you think about the opening? Comment below.
In other news, the Fast and Furious ride is only a 10-minute wait - ten minutes too long :)
On June 13 one of the most anticipated rides will open up @universalorlando Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter theme coaster called Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Universal has said the ride will catapult you 65 feet in the air at a more than 70-degree angle...then drop you backward in one movement. Expect a six-hour wait time opening day. However, universal has said they will open a virtual line most likely so people can scan in and come back later. You can see views here of the new ride and construction of the new Jurassic Park that will be opening up next year. Who's going to ride this opening day?
Updated June 14, 2019 - 2nd Day of Hagrids has closed due to maintenance issues.