Work is going on very quickly at the site of the new Harry Potter themed coaster being built at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Since our visit last month the entire hut structure has gone up. This building is much larger than I was originally envisioning, and it is now towering up next to the entrance to the Hogwarts Express station in Hogsmeade. While I have been referring to it as a “hut” because it’s round, it will more likely act as a stable or barn of some sort in the story of the ride.
And speaking of the story, we still have very little information about what the ride will be about, but the recently released piece of official art did give us a look at what the giant mysterious steel structure will look like when completed. The huge castle-like structure that the coaster passes through several times appears as ruins in the artwork. Check out the photo report, as well as an updated track layout image below for more information. And for even more details, be sure to check out our first podcast episode all about the new Potter Coaster!
Today, we’ll start our update with another updated track layout graphic. Included in this image are labels for launches, slowdowns, and rumored themed elements. The orange arrows are for backwards motion, and after the drop track it resumes going forward in yellow until the end. The original photo was provided by the amazing @bioreconstruct on Twitter.
Moving on to new photos from the ground, let’s take a look at how the area appears from Hogsmeade Village, near Hogwarts Castle.
Check out our first podcast episode for lots more ride details. The new coaster is expected to open in the summer of 2019. For help booking your next trip to Universal Orlando request your free quote from Elizabeth at Destinations in Florida today! She’ll help you plan the perfect vacation with the best rates on ticket packages and on-site hotels, and her services are totally FREE to you.
Stay tuned for details about this new ride as they become available. Subscribe to the news feed or enter your email below to never miss an update. Photos: Alicia Stella / Aerial Photos: Bioreconstruct