ORLANDO, Fla. - Wizards, rejoice! The phenomenon that is Harry Potter is expanding fast at Universal Orlando Resort.
The park announced Thursday that its new Harry Potter roller coaster will open June 13.
According to a tweet, the ride will be called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
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The roller coaster is being built in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which is in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
According to icFlorida, riders will join Hagrid and 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.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Take flight on an all-new thrilling roller coaster ride, coming to #WizardingWorldOrlando on June 13, 2019.— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) February 21, 2019
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Midway Mayhem blogger Daniel Leavelle said riders will sit upright with no over-the-shoulder harness.
"You're going to see trees, animatronics, difference scenes, fire effects, and smoke," Leavelle said. He said fans of the popular books and movies will see familiar characters as well.
"Hagrid is of course in the name, so I'm sure he's going to play a major role. I wouldn't be surprised if we see some of the other characters from the franchise," Leavelle said.
Leavelle added he wouldn't be surprised to see a soft opening sometime in May, but Universal has not confirmed that.
Universal is in the middle of a building boom. In January, WFTV.com first reported the park appears to be making way for a new roller coaster in the “Jurassic Park” section of Islands of Adventure.
Meanwhile, internal documents show the park is planning a much larger expansion on newly bought land on the other side of I-4. The park has been tightlipped about what will go on the 540 acres of land near Lockheed Martin, but internal documents sent to the blog Orlando Park Shop suggests the park wants to become a weeklong vacation destination.
There’s no timetable on either project.
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