Up to ten hours must wait for the visitors of the theme park Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando Resort, to get on a new roller coaster that began on Thursday in the area dedicated to the world of Harry Potter and has a vertical drop of 16, 5 feet (five meters).
Local media in Orlando, the city of amusement and theme parks located in central Florida, posted videos and photographs of the long lines in front of the entrance to the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
According to the WESH channel in Orlando, not only is it the first roller coaster of its kind in the United States that reaches 16.5 feet of vertical fall, it is also the first in the world with seven different sections.
The maximum speed is 50 miles per hour (about 80 km / h).
But, in addition, it is a roller coaster that tells a “story”, as Universal has pointed out in the announcements about its new attraction, in which the visitors travel on motorcycles flying with the “Forbidden Forest” in search of the magical creatures that they inhabit it.
Opened in 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a section of Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure theme park that recreates the world of books by the British writer J. K. Rowling, with reproductions of Hogwarts School and the town of Hogsmeade.
The new roller coaster, named after Rubeus Hagrid, a character from the series of books that is the son of a giant man and woman and teaches at the school of magic that Potter is a student of, replaces another attraction that It was called Dragon Challenge.
The specialists of Universal took two years to finish the great animated figure of Hagrid that is the center of the attraction.
“It really was a long process,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of Universal Creative, who says the roller coaster inaugurated on Thursday sets a “new level” for these types of themed attractions.
“What can I say! #HagridsMotorbikeAdventure is undoubtedly one of Universal’s best attractions, Punto.I am as happy as this unicorn baby and its mother,” said one of the first users of the roller coaster.