Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is one of Universal’s most critically-acclaimed attractions — and one of the most unreliable in the entire theme park industry.
Operational difficulties are to be expected with new attractions, especially when they’re as technologically ambitious as the Hagrid coaster. The ride features seven launches, a vertical drop track and several animatronic figures.
“It’s very typical for a sophisticated ride of this type to have bugs and issues that they have to work out,” said Dennis Speigel, theme park consultant of president of International Theme Park Services. “Five to six months into the ride, that appears to be a little long to me” to be having such issues, he added.