Universal's Hagrid's Magical Motorbike Adventure closed for a very unusual reason

Universal’s Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike Adventure closed for a very unusual reason

This Summer, Universal Studios Orlando Resort added a new coaster to the renowned Harry Potter section.  The coaster won a 2019 Golden Ticket award from Amusement Today for best new attraction, but guest experience is a bit lacking due to the ride’s scattershot availability. One of the reasons is very unusual!

The Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster faced yet another setback this week when bees, yes bees,  forced the ride’s closure. On Wednesday October 2, it remained closed for several hours due to “hundreds or possibly thousands of bees” according to local news outlet Spectrum news 13. The bees have been causing issues for a few weeks now, and Universal did not disclose what they are doing to resolve the issue. The ride was able to reopen Wednesday evening. Perhaps they just waited ’til the bees went to sleep?

This is the latest in a series of disappointments for Florida’s longest coaster. Hagrid’s coaster opened to seriously insane wait times. In June, Universal announced that the coaster would be opening late in the mornings to accommodate routine maintenance. In July, they decided to start closing it early as well, again citing maintenance issues.

Screenshot I took on opening day of the Hagrid Coaster wait times! Yikes!

My family and I are Universal Annual Passholders, so we have decided to wait until the hype dies down a little bit to try Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure. It sounds like it’s a wonderful ride, but it will be there this winter when the bees have gone! I prefer to give Universal a little time to smooth out the kinks before I hop on board. Sounds like Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a little “high maintenance”. I suppose that’s the trade off to innovation, sometimes it takes awhile to get a handle on new ride technology. And mother nature isn’t helping matters.

What do you think? Have you tried this coaster?

-Rebecca Davis

 

13 thoughts on “Universal’s Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike Adventure closed for a very unusual reason”

  1. Rode the ride for the first time last Tuesday. Waited in line for hours then it broke down stranding us outside on the track in the pouring rain. We were told we could ride again but it would be down for a while for maintenance.

    1. We rode it today just fine. Signs and app said it was a 90 minute wait…..took us just barely 65. This was at 11:57 this morning.

  2. Absolutely love it. I’ve been able to ride it about 5 times since I dont go to often. The shortest wait being only 45 minutes.

  3. I was able to go to Universal from Sept 18th thru the 25th (right before the bees came). I got to ride Hagrid’s coaster 3 times! It Was The Best Ride I’ve Ridden!!! Well worth the 40- 50 minute (we also didn’t have to wait so long) wait.

  4. Well it’s hard to be devoted and keep going back when you don’t live in Florida! Live in Illinois and my daughter and grandson were so looking forward to going on that ride and when they went on Friday told it was closed and weren’t even given a reason. That was their only day in That park :(

  5. Already is my all time favorite theme park ride and I am an AP holder at Disney, Universal and Sea World\ Busch Gardens

  6. My family of 4 were in line on Monday, and it went down. We stayed in line, We had been told it was a 90 min wait from the lockers. Well it took almost 2 hours with the down time. I was watching people in front of us leaving. Shorten the time for us I would say everyone needs to ride this ride and I don,’t like coasters

  7. I was there 2 Wednesdays ago during the first bee closure, already in line for the ride and literally less than 10 people from being on the ride. Waited for hours for the ride to reopen but as we had been to Universal before, this is what we came to try. My whole group thought it was worth the wait and such an amazing ride! Would wait again to get on this ride!!!

  8. My family was able to ride it for the first time 2 weeks ago. It was amazing! So much fun! On the first day of our trip, it opened an hour after the park did and it had a long wait right from the start. We waited for it to go down a little and our actual wait time was half of what was posted. We did the same thing again 2 days later before we flew home. I didn’t know until later how lucky we were! The issue with the bees started the very next day! And it’s continued to be a problem. I hope that they’re able to get things worked out because it’s a fantastic ride!

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