Harry Potter Coaster Construction Update at Islands of Adventure – Dragon Challenge Replacement

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Supports have been installed at the site of the all new Harry Potter roller coaster, also known as project 942, being built at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not much is officially known about this new attraction, which is slated to to open some time in 2019. Rumors are that the ride will feature Hagrid and creatures from the Wizarding World, and that it will be set in familiar locations from the series like the Forbidden Forest.

Intamin is expected to be the ride manufacturer for the new coaster. With the exception of a few brief scenes inside small separate show buildings, much of the ride will take place outdoors. Several animatronic figures are expected for the ride, including some in the outdoor scenes. Currently, the land has been cleared, coaster footings and supports have been installed, and some of the exterior theming on the old Dragon Challenge queue building is being removed. Check out the quick photo update below for more details and stay tuned for more theme park news and updates coming soon!

This tall support will have riders ride up, stop, and then roll back backwards!

A view of many supports for several different portions of the ride

The original Dragons queue will be remaining to become the new ride’s queue and load/unload platform. Exterior theming is being stripped to be replaced with updated rock and brick work

Former ride entrance is being re-themed for the new coaster

Wider view of the queue area as well as some coaster supports

Aerial view of the work site set in Hogsmeade. Photo by bioreconstruct

Rough estimation of track layout. Backwards segment seen in orange. Original photo by bioreconstruct

Cranes can be seen hovering over the air behind the Hogsmeade train station

Work walls along the exit to Hogsmeade train station

Former Dragon Challenge entrance will become the new ride’s entrance as well

One last peek in. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting new ride coming soon, including story details!

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  • ConcernedSeasonPassholder


    Pretty disappointing they are going with a coaster… Dark rides are the way to go. If you want coasters Universal is not hte place to go.

    I bet this is a family friendly coaster too. That combined with the terrible Jimmy Falon ride is going to push away Universal’s sweet spot, which is the “not children” group.

  • June B


    We’re hoping it’s the Ford Anglia! A flying car would be fun for the kids and parents.

  • PETE.



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