We’re just days away from the June 13 grand opening of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure, but rumors point to some concerning issues regarding the groundbreaking launch coaster.
The ride has the most launches of any coaster in the world and is only the second in the nation to feature a vertical drop. Riders can choose between motorcycle or sidecar-style seating. Motorbike-style coasters first debuted in 2004 and have since been slowly gaining popularity. Walt Disney World is currently building their own motorcycle style coaster, the Magic Kingdom’s upcoming Tron coaster. Reaching a top speed of 50 miles per hour, the Hagrid coaster has multiple stretches where the ride vehicles are sped up rapidly only to be quickly slowed as they pass show scenes.
It’s this mix of ride vehicles and pacing that seems to be creating some issues with the coaster. Visible wear is already appearing on the track, with rumors of a rougher-than-expected ride experience. The rumored rougher ride also means more maintenance long-term for the attraction.