Harry Potter fans queue 10 HOURS for new £230million Hagrid rollercoaster

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HARRY Potter superfans queued in searing heat for 10 hours as they clamoured to get on a new Hagrid-themed ride.

Wannabe witches and wizards camped for nearly half a day in a desperate bid to become the first muggles to ride on Hagrid's motorbike.

 Wannabe witches and wizards camped for nearly half a day

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Wannabe witches and wizards camped for nearly half a dayCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

 Harry Potter fans queued for hours to be first in line for the new ride

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Harry Potter fans queued for hours to be first in line for the new ride

 The terrifying ride takes fans past centaurs and spiders as it crashes through the forbidden forest at breakneck speed

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The terrifying ride takes fans past centaurs and spiders as it crashes through the forbidden forest at breakneck speedCredit: Universal Orlando

The terrifying ride takes fans past centaurs and spiders as it crashes through the forbidden forest at breakneck speed.

The £230m ride opened yesterday to huge fanfair at Universal Studios Orlando – with admission rates starting at an eye-watering £140 for adults.

Sun Online Travel previously revealed that the experience will begin with guests becoming Hogwarts students while Hagrid leads a Care of Magical Creatures class, before boarding his enchanted motorbike and taking to the skies.

Specially designed to create a “freedom of flight” sensation, the bikes replicate Hagrid’s vehicle from the movie series – with an adjacent sidecar – giving guests two very different ride experiences depending on where they choose to sit.

Other magical creatures on the Hagrid ride
Blast-Ended Skrewt – Hagrid created these magical creatures by crossbreeding Fire Crabs and Manticores. Centaurs – these half human, half horse creatures are great friends with Hagrid and stands at 8ft tall. Devil’s Snare – while not a creature, this dangerous plant is one of the many challenges that guests will face on the ride. Cornish Pixies – at just 13 inches tall, these mischievious trickesters will be "wreaking havoc" on the ride. Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog – Hagrid's pet guard dog will be making an appearance too.

True to Hagrid’s calamitous nature, things take a turn for the worse and you’ll find yourself needing a whole lot of magic to fend off a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies, a pack of centaurs, and Fluffy, a giant three-headed dog that has a bite as bad as its bark.

The track of the ride is angled to perfectly mimic the exact motions of an actual motorbike, with speeds reaching up to 50mph as you soar through the Forbidden Forest.

Alan Gilmore – art director on the record-breaking movie franchise – told how over 1200 real trees have been planted to replicate the shadowy lands of the Forbidden Forest.

Source: theguardian

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