It’s been rumored for quite a while!  And today, Universal Orlando has officially confirmed it.  Hogsmede of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting a brand themed roller coaster!   Universal is calling it a “new generation” thrill ride and the new attraction is set to open in 2019!

Not many details were announced, but here is what we do know! 

  • The completely new thrill ride will take guests even deeper into the world of Harry Potter.  There, they’ll meet more of their favorite characters and creatures.  And it’s going to be unlike anything Universal has ever done before.  Plus, “fun for the entire family.”
  • The new coaster will be the most highly-themed coaster experiences Unviersal has ever done.  (Move over The Mummy and Gringotts!)  It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure and a few surprises along the way.
  • Once again, Universal Creative is working alongside Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films to design this one of a kind attraction.
  • Universal says the new attraction will redefine the category and transport guests to thrilling places.   It will draw them into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world.

To make way for this brand new attraction, Dragon Challenge will permanently close September 5th.  The final day of operation will be Monday, September 4th, so ride your dragons while you can!

db_Arthur_RideSystem1From reading the announcement, we can safely speculate the attraction will be family friendly and most likely be even more immersive than Escape from Gringotts.  Could we finally be seeing a Forbidden Forest attraction?  In the theme park world, there is currently heavy speculation the attraction will be themed around Hagrid’s motorbike with the train designed looking like such and it would be a launch coaster.  And before that, it was believed to be an Inverted Powered Coaster, which already exists in two locations where the cars themselves are able to spin/rotate on the track for show scenes, not unlike Gringotts.  Funny how things change.  Whatever the case, we’ll be getting a brand new Harry Potter attraction in about 18 months!  Stay tuned for more details.

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