Friday, February 22, 2019

Name + Opening Date Released for Islands Of Adventure's New Coaster

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This past week - finally! - saw some news break regarding the new launched family roller coaster that we have been watching be built at Islands of Adventure for months now.

The attraction will be called Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.  That's a long name, and the acronym HMCMA doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, so I think most will just call the ride Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure, or with the general public, the "Hagrid coaster."

The announcement came with few details.  For one the full concept art up top was revealed, similar to a teaser version from a couple months ago, only this time showing the ride vehicle on the tracks, the ride's station building, and at least one magical creature.  As expected, the train will consists of cars that feature a motorcycle style seat along with a sidecar seat.

Second, the ride will have its grand opening on June 13th, 2019.  Of course we all know that major Orlando park attractions pretty much never open without a preview period, so I'd expect to have riders on it at least a couple weeks before that date... if not longer.

As for as the gritty details of the ride, well we'll have to wait on those.  The park's description of the ride is equally brief, acknowledging again that it is their most themed coaster to date.  They also say that you'll be able to, "for the first time ever, join Hagrid as you fly far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the paths of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures."  The park promises more details as the opening date draws closer.

Hopefully you've all been following Bioreconstruct's aerial photos of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, like the one above, as many details are becoming visible on the heavily wooden ride site.  If not, follow that link and make sure to check them out!