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General Discussion - Hagrid's Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure

Skold

V.I.P.
Feb 17, 2016
732
They appear to have quit using virtual line for Hagrids - it wasn’t used at all from what I could tell over the holiday.

Now that it’s pretty much gone… the trick to getting a spot was to go to the website at 8:50ish for the initial drop on a normal web browser from wherever, grab a reservation, and then don’t go back to the website until you’re in the park and ready to ride. If you didn’t go back to the website, your return time could have “passed” but it wouldn’t know and wouldn’t start the 30 minute clock on your QR code until you visited the website again.
I mean I get it, if everyone knows the trick it won't work. But holy crap this is genius. Damn you! :cheers:
 

Steptwice

Premium Member
Jun 6, 2016
188
Got to ride this for the first time last Tuesday. Wow what a ride. It broke down around 7pm and the staff said to pretty much go do something else because its probably not going to reopen so close to the park closing. Well we stuck around the entrance and voila ! It opened back up at 7:30. Go to ride front row and at night. It was amazing !
 

JoeCamel

Premium Member
May 20, 2015
6,521
Upper Lower
Got to ride this for the first time last Tuesday. Wow what a ride. It broke down around 7pm and the staff said to pretty much go do something else because its probably not going to reopen so close to the park closing. Well we stuck around the entrance and voila ! It opened back up at 7:30. Go to ride front row and at night. It was amazing !
Front row at night is amazing. About my fifth ride I took a date and we were put in the front for her first ride. I put her on the bike :grin:
 

TommyJK

Rookie
Sep 4, 2018
390
Please the drop track, is it soft landing or a jolt?

I can’t tell from YouTube.
IMO the bigger "jolt" is the start of the drop becasue you don't quite know exactly when it will happen. The landing itself is smooth.

All that being said, it takes a split second for it all to happen so your body has almost no time for it to register or for you to *think* about it happening.
 
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Coasted

Contributing Member
Jan 28, 2017
528
IMO the bigger "jolt" is the start of the drop becasue you don't quite know exactly when it will happen. The landing itself is smooth.

All that being said, it takes a split second for it all to happen so your body has almost no time for it to register or for you to *think* about it happening.
Helpful. Thank you!
 

HThomas

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May 8, 2018
115
Lafayette, La
The wait time for Hagrid has been 140 to 160 the last several days. does anyone know if they inflating the time to discourage rerides. Videos I've seen showed a 140 min but the line was completely contained in the que. does anyone the the wait time if the que is full?
 
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SkiBum

Veteran Member
Dec 14, 2012
1,801
Cincinnati, OH
The wait time for Hagrid has been 140 to 160 the last several days. does anyone know if they inflating the time to discourage rerides. Videos I've seen showed a 140 min but the line was completely contained in the que. does anyone the the wait time if the que is full?
I waited close to that amount of time from just inside the queue but that seemed to be caused by some frequent downtime.
 
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CMM

Newcomer
Jul 26, 2019
19
The wait time for Hagrid has been 140 to 160 the last several days. does anyone know if they inflating the time to discourage rerides. Videos I've seen showed a 140 min but the line was completely contained in the que. does anyone the the wait time if the que is full?
I was there 3/19 - 3/26 and we rode many times. My observations were as follows:

Pretty much every day was charted as a 10/10 or 9/10 actual crowd level on TouringPlans. It was certainly very, very busy.

Posted wait times seemed to range anywhere from 60-120 minutes throughout the day. The most typical posted wait time was 70-80 minutes - it almost seemed like the default posted wait time.

Actual waits in the evening (after 7pm - with the exception of Friday night) were almost always about half the posted wait time. Friday night the wait time (70 minutes) was pretty much dead on accurate.

Assuming no downtime and full utilization, it seemed to us that the actual wait from just outside the entrance to the castle/indoor queue was 30-35 minutes. If you're backed up to the stone entrance/archway (the beginning of the true outdoor queue) it's going to be 60-80 minutes. If you're in the extended queue in Hogsmeade or (god forbid) into Lost Continent - and it's not steadily moving - god have mercy on you.

On Thursday (3/24) they started running the pre-show (hadn't at all up to that point) and kept running it every time we rode through when we left on Saturday (3/26). No idea if that has any impact on wait times.
 

Joe

aka TestTrack321
Staff member
Moderator
Feb 15, 2012
15,534
Pittsburgh, PA
The wait time for Hagrid has been 140 to 160 the last several days. does anyone know if they inflating the time to discourage rerides. Videos I've seen showed a 140 min but the line was completely contained in the que. does anyone the the wait time if the que is full?
We think a drop track might be Dow.
 

Ron101

Contributing Member
Apr 9, 2018
891
California
Idk how they’re going to add express to this ride. Maybe make it a “once per day” even with unlimited express, because of the demand. Or just keep it standby:grin:
 

OhHaiInternet95

Veteran Member
Aug 18, 2017
4,742
I think the best thing about this attraction is how mellow it is. I know that's a strange thing to say about a roller coaster, even a family one, but everything about it just feels so earthy, laid back, and chill.
 
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Lucas C

Newcomer
Aug 27, 2015
60
Paris, France
Hello guys!

As a landscaping junkie, I wanted to ask those of you who have visited the ride frequently since it opened if you have noticed any significant plant and tree growth?

I was especially wondering if the trees were starting to cover the "drop section" show building out back ?

And also if it looks more like a believable forest now? (Plants that grow randomly erasing the « man made » aspect of that forest etc).

I know it’s quite a specific question but i was hoping that some of you had interesting answers/photos.

Thanks a lot !
 

shiekra38

Legendary Member
Dec 13, 2009
15,202
Florida
Hello guys!

As a landscaping junkie, I wanted to ask those of you who have visited the ride frequently since it opened if you have noticed any significant plant and tree growth?

I was especially wondering if the trees were starting to cover the "drop section" show building out back ?

And also if it looks more like a believable forest now? (Plants that grow randomly erasing the « man made » aspect of that forest etc).

I know it’s quite a specific question but i was hoping that some of you had interesting answers/photos.

Thanks a lot !
From my last visit, the showbuilding is not completely covered just yet,

but the trees are starting to fill in nicely and starting to cover a large bit of the ride layout which was previously visible

It did appear as if a few trees had died near the turn around to go into the showbuilding..not sure what happened there
 
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Alicia

Premium Member
Jul 17, 2014
11,483
Orlando
I think they may have flooding issues near the drop building and the plants there died. It may take (a long) while, but I hope we see newer trees eventually grow up in front of the mural wall back there, eventually.