Universal Orlando’s newest roller coaster being constructed in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure is now at the point where nearly all of the track appears to be in place. When Dragon Challenge closed in September of last year it would have been difficult to imagine this much new track being built in its place in such a short amount of time.
In addition to the nearly full circuit of track, new steel supports are starting to go up, likely for a large covered bridge-type structure around a section of raised track. Also, structures for the inside scenes are starting to take shape. The largest of the show buildings can now be seen from Hogsmeade Village. Check out the complete photo update below for more details on this exciting new ride, as well as an updated track layout image. And stay tuned for more theme park news and updates coming soon!
Today, we’ll start our update with an updated look at the track layout. Included in this image are labels for supposed launches and braking elements throughout the ride. Also, the three rumored inside areas are marked in red. Keep in mind that the orange arrows are for backwards motion. The original image was provided by the amazing @bioreconstruct on Twitter.
Moving on to photos from the ground, let’s take a look at how the area appears from Hogsmeade Village first, near the old Dragon Challenge entrance.
Now, heading up the exterior queue for the Hogwarts Express, we can get a pretty good look at much of the coaster track as seen from the ground. Much of this will be blocked later by large trees and themed elements, so it’s great that we can get a nice look at the ride before then.
Check out the video above for more 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.
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