Before you enter the theme park:
Download the Universal, Orlando app
Before you enter the parks, take a minute to download the Official Universal, Orlando Resort app. Hagrid’s ride now opens at the same time Island’s of Adventure opens (instead of midday, which is a change from this summer). When you walk into the theme park, I highly recommend checking the wait times right away.
If there is a high wait time, use the app to set a “wait time alert”. Your phone will send you a push notification when the line has dropped to / below the time that that you specified. This will give you time to leisurely explore Hogsmeade, or other areas of Island’s of Adventure vs. standing in line!
While you wait
This will be a long queue with two parts:
1) Outside the “castle” – you will see Hagrid’s hut and the outer grounds of Hogwarts
2) Inside the “castle” – you will see different mystical creatures and magical characters
I would really recommend taking the time to look at all the beautiful designs (including some wall art detailing the original ride that had been in this location years ago – the Dragon Challenge!).
EARS TIP: I recommend having a discussion BEFORE you ride to see who will ride on the motorbike and who will ride in the side car in order to keep the line moving quickly.
……once everyone is seated – you’re off!!! You’ll be whisked away into a world with magical and mystical creatures (keep your eyes open for a possible unicorn sighting!!!). With such fun dips and drops, this is easily my new favorite ride here!!!
Totally let me know what you think about the experience!!!!
Monica Clark, your