Do theme park rides need spoiler warnings?
Universal Studios Orlando has added yet another iconic Harry Potter location to their Wizarding World area in the Islands of Adventure theme park: The Forbidden Forest, home to all sorts of whimsical creatures big and small, has become a part of the land, and it’s brought with it a brand-new attraction. The extensively named Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a “story coaster” thrill ride which takes visitors on a high-speed tour of the Forbidden Forest’s many magical residents during a Care of Magical Creatures lesson gone totally awry.
Situated outside of Hogsmeade with a spectacular view of Hogwarts proper, the ride is the first of its kind for the Wizarding World parks–a narrative-driven roller coaster with absolutely no motion simulation or video elements on the ride itself. Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a recorded pre-show featuring some familiar Harry Potter universe faces–but if you’re worried about the potential motion sickness that comes from staring at a stationary screen on a moving ride (a la Wizarding World’s other two key attractions: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Escape From Gringotts) you’re in luck.
Of course, simulation elements or otherwise, that doesn’t mean this ride is for the faint of heart. We took a trip to Universal Studios Orlando to experience the ride. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your trip to the Forbidden Forest is a successful one.