Today, the work walls have come down around the entrance to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Hurry up and get your Universal Orlando tickets now, because this new roller coaster attraction is scheduled to officially grand open June 13th at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
With work walls down it’s of course possible we could see guest previews in the days leading up to the grand opening. Let’s take a look at photos of the new entrance now without walls, and talk a little more about the possibility of soft openings below. UPDATE: Check out the video for more details.
The entry area to the ride is littered with props and objects blocking our way in. There also appears to be a stage area with lighting and speakers set up, most likely for a dedication ceremony of some sort.
The new ride will require loose articles and bags be placed into a locker, similar to Forbidden Journey and Escape from Gringotts. The new ride will not require you to empty everything from your pockets however, like the former Dragon Challenge. Also, new lockers have been installed on the left side of the ride entrance, as well as the original locker location in the train depot area on the right.
Will There Be Soft Openings?
Often times in the days leading up to an official opening date we may see Technical Rehearsals, also known as soft openings, where regular park guests get an opportunity to experience the attraction prior to the official opening date.
With the work walls down now, the chances of a soft opening have certainly increased, but that does not mean they are inevitable. Only if everything is working smoothly, and the ride, as well as other operational elements, are completely ready will we see a preview for the ride.
Rumors have team members getting a chance to ride first, and only if those tests go well will regular guests have a chance to ride. It’s always possible that we may not see soft openings at all. And, even if there are soft openings, there is no guarantee for how long the ride will remain open. Also, some elements of the attraction may not be operating during this testing period. Stay tuned to the website for more updates on possible soft openings.
The only way you can be absolutely sure to get your chance to ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is to purchase your Universal Orlando tickets now and schedule your visit for June 13th or later, when the new coaster is scheduled to officially open. Riders must be at least 48″ tall to ride.