Opening Date Confirmed For New Harry Potter Ride At Universal Orlando Resort

It's the news we've all been waiting for - well maybe not all of us, but a lot of us - as the date has been set for the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida.

Fans of the film series will be able to take a turn on the amusement at Universal's Islands of Adventure, and it will open to the public on 13 June this year.

And no expense has been spared on authenticity, with park bosses claiming it will be their 'most highly-themed coaster yet'.

Thrill seekers will jump into individual cars and 'plunge into the path of some of the wizarding world's rarest magical creatures'. Which sounds pretty bloody great.

So far this is all that's known of the exciting new attraction, but bosses at the Florida theme park have said Potterheads won't have too long to wait for some more info, with more news expected in March.

The new ride promises to be the park's 'most highly-themed coaster yet'. Credit: Universal
The new ride promises to be the park's 'most highly-themed coaster yet'. Credit: Universal

And 2019 is looking like an exciting year for diehards of the wizarding world, with plenty of attractions to look forward to this year.

From 6 April fans will be able to visit Gringotts Wizarding Bank at Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter exhibition, in London.

Gringotts Bank played a huge part in the wildly popular film and book series, featuring in the very first instalment as Harry discovered he is not only a wizard, but also loaded.

Visitors to the new area of the tour will be greeted by the huge pillared hall of the bank that has been decorated with 'three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf'.

A statement from creators read: "Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers' desks as seen on screen."

On top of that, you'll be able to see some of the amazing prosthetics that turned actors like Warwick Davis - who played the goblin bank worker Griphook - into the sharp-toothed, black-eyed character that viewers of the films will remember.

There's more. Once through the main hall, visitors will be able to view the LeStrange vault - the vault that Harry and co scoured for horcruxes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - and have pictures taken within the bowels of the bank, surrounded by Bellatrix LeStrange and her family's hoard of treasure.

What a time to be alive.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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