'Harry Potter' Stars Reunite to Try Out Hagrid's Motorbike Ride at Universal Orlando (Video)
The magical theme park ride you’ve been waiting for is finally here, and your favorite witches and wizards were the first ones to try it out.
According to USA Today, actors from the Harry Potter films reunited on Tuesday for a preview of the brand new ride, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Warwick Davis(Professor Filius Flitwick, as well as Griphook), and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) gathered for a special preview of the ride along with some special guests and members of the media. Actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the movies, could not be in attendance, but sent a video message in honor of the event, according to USA Today.
According to WKMG ClickOrlando, the ride is called a “story coaster” since it takes riders on a journey that is set in the Forbidden Forest and includes lots of the magical creatures featured in the books and movies. The cars on the roller coaster also resemble Hagrid’s flying motorcycle. One rider sits on the main part of the bike and the other in a side car, which apparently affects your ride experience, so it’s definitely recommended to ride more than once.
Felton told USA Today that the ride was “amazing,” and it's clear from the photos he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it.
The new ride officially opened on Thursday, June 13. It has a load of thrills, including drops, backward portions, turns, spins, speeds up to 50 mph, and a track that’s nearly a mile long, making it the longest roller coaster in Florida, according to Thrillist.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are separate parks within Universal Orlando, so they require separate tickets to get in. Park-to-park admission starts at $170 for adults and $165 for children, though prices can vary. Single park admission starts at $115 for adults and $110 for children.