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Harry Potter fans face a 10-HOUR wait to ride new $300 million Hagrid roller coaster

Within the first hour of its opening day, Universal Florida’s latest Harry Potter rollercoaster has amassed a staggering 10-hour wait time as thousands have descended on the park on Thursday in search of a magical thrill.

Taking two years and more than $300 million to build, Hagrid’s Magic Creatures Motorbike ride in Universal’s Island of Adventure promises to take park-goers on an otherworldly mile-long adventure through the famed Forbidden Forrest – if they can actually get on the ride, that is.

Die-hard fans who wanted to be among the first to sample the new coaster arrived before the sun came up in the early hours of Thursday morning, but many of them were likely to have still been stood waiting long into the afternoon.

Universal’s Orlando mobile app is currently estimating waiting times of between eight and 10 hours as of the early afternoon.

 

Universal Florida’s latest Harry Potter rollercoaster has a staggering 10-hour wait time just one hour after first opening its doors Thursday, the park has revealed

Die-hard fans who wanted to be among the first to sample the new coaster arrived before the sun came up in the early hours of Thursday morning, but many of them were likely to have still been stood waiting long into the afternoon

Die-hard fans who wanted to be among the first to sample the new coaster arrived before the sun came up in the early hours of Thursday morning, but many of them were likely to have still been stood waiting long into the afternoon

Pictures and videos on social media shows hordes of thrill-seekers gathered in a cordoned off line, stretching from Harry Potter Land all the way back to the Dr. Seuss area of the park.

As a result of the hefty line, fans hoping to visit the Hogsmeade village are having to be re-routed through the Jurassic Park-themed stretch of the park, all the way on the other side of the Islands of Adventure, CNBC reported.

From Friday onwards the park will be using a virtual ticket queue, allowing fans to still roam around the park while that await their place on Hagrid’s iconic motorbike, rather stand still for hours on end.

Park-goers will be alerted for when it’s their turn to line-up via a notification through the park’s cell phone app.

The ride, which replaced the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Dragon Challenge roller coasters, has the most launches in the country with a grand total of seven.

Universal¿s Orlando mobile app is currently estimating waiting times of between eight and 10 hours as of the early afternoon

Universal’s Orlando mobile app is currently estimating waiting times of between eight and 10 hours as of the early afternoon

Pictures and videos on social media shows hordes of thrill-seekers gathered in a cordoned off line, stretching from Harry Potter Land all the way back to the Dr. Seuss area of the park

Pictures and videos on social media shows hordes of thrill-seekers gathered in a cordoned off line, stretching from Harry Potter Land all the way back to the Dr. Seuss area of the park

The ride, which replaced the Wizarding World of Harry Potter¿s Dragon Challenge roller coasters, has the most launches in the country with a grand total of seven

The ride, which replaced the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Dragon Challenge roller coasters, has the most launches in the country with a grand total of seven

Launches help to physically propel the ride forward at speed, instead of relying on gravity for momentum.

The ride is also only the second theme park attraction the US to feature a near-vertical drop, in a heart-stopping 17-foot free fall.

Based off of the giant groundskeeper, the rollercoaster is the fourth ride in Florida based off of JK Rowling’s hit book series.

Thankfully to keep those thousands waiting around for hours-on-end amused, the ride’s queuing area is littered with props from the film, along with 1, 200 trees which were planted to make visitors feel as though they’re actually in a forest.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened its doors in Universal in 2010, sparking a 50% increase in attendance since, figures show.

Thankfully to keep those thousands waiting around for hours-on-end amused, the ride¿s queuing area is littered with props from the film, along with 1, 200 trees which were planted to make visitors feel as though they¿re actually in a forest

Some memorabilia will be recognizable to die-hard fans

Thankfully to keep those thousands waiting around for hours-on-end amused, the ride’s queuing area is littered with props from the film, along with 1, 200 trees which were planted to make visitors feel as though they’re actually in a forest

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened its doors in Universal in 2010, sparking a 50% increase in attendance since, figures show

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened its doors in Universal in 2010, sparking a 50% increase in attendance since, figures show

Four years later the park extended the feature as a result of the surging interest, and the addition of Hagrid’s Magic Creatures Motorbike is Universal’s latest ploy to entice hundreds-of-thousands of new visitors through the door.

‘Since 2010, yearly attendance at Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure has increased from a combined 12 million guests to nearly an estimated 20 million,’ Ryan Roth, IBISWorld’s lead industry analyst, told USA Today. ‘Additionally, revenue generated from NBCUniversal’s theme parks has increased more than 50% over the 10 years to 2019.’

The new attraction opened just weeks after park competitor Disney debuted its billion dollar plot Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California, which will later open in Orlando too.

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