Universal Orlando has revealed some of the major magical creatures guests will encounter on the upcoming Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster.
The attraction, which is set to open on June 13, will combine a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets – including an actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees. It will also give guests the unique opportunity to join Hagrid – one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter films – on a journey to one of the most mysterious places in the wizarding world – the Forbidden Forest. With Hagrid as their guide, guests will fly deep into the Forbidden Forest and brave the mysteries and thrills beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a groundbreaking coaster experience unlike any other.
Each day this week, Universal has shared some of the creatures that we can expect to encounter on the attraction.
Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog
Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. And, as many of you know, Fluffy has a weakness – he falls asleep to the sound of music.
In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. Proceed with caution – he’s a guard dog first and foremost. And in this new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars… and yes, all 3 heads move.
Guests will be able to encounter a Blast-Ended Skrewt on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – a creature never before seen in the films. Described as a cross between scorpions and elongated crabs, the creature was created by Hagrid, himself.
Universal promises this unique creature will be one of the most life-like animated figures they have ever created. The skrewt measures 8 feet long, features a ten-foot tall tail with a massive stinger.
During their journey, guests will come face-to-face Blast-Ended Skrewt and its dangerous “blasting end”, where fire ignites from. Another little fun fact: The skrewt produces a very powerful and signature odor created specifically for this distinctive creature.
Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief – often at the expense of others. You’ll see these troublesome creatures wreaking havoc on an infamous blue car… and in places you may not expect. They’re about 13 inches tall and you’ll find more than 20 pixies throughout your adventure.
While Devil’s Snare isn’t a creature, it is a perilous plant from the wizarding world – often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire.
During the ride, you may find yourself entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant. Just remember to remain calm…
A Centaur is a magical creature with a human head, torso, and arms, joined to a horse’s body. They are, however, their own species and should be treated with great respect.
As you make your way into the dark forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, look out for this mysterious archer in the distance ready to strike. Standing at 8 ft. tall, these forest-dwelling beings usually live in herds of between 10 and 50 and are well-versed in magical healing, divination, archery, and astronomy.
Outside of these 5, Universal is teasing a few other creatures that guests can expect to encounter on the attraction. Guests may hear Thestrals near the carriages, or the voice of Gnomes around the grounds. In addition, look out for sculptures of various magical creatures living in the black lake, including Merpeople (mysterious underwater-dwelling beasts) and Grindylows (horned, pale-green water demons).
The coaster is set to open on June 13, 2019 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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