It's not exactly the gravity-defying version of Quidditch that might take eons of physics to figure out, but the latest forthcoming ride slated to appear at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter will certainly garner a lot of attention.
The theme park brass announced on Monday, October 1st, its plans to install a new roller coaster on the Potter site before the end of 2019. It promises a load of thrills, chills and hopefully no spills, at least not at the ride's higher altitudes. All it needs is to be built and given a name.
On paper, the ride seems to be a promising adrenaline rush. Those onboard will be whisked through the Forbidden Forest, which could include a track for passengers to suddenly drop, as well as a series of twists and turns designed to challenge any stomach. Also being promised are appearances by the Cornish Pixies as well as some maneuvers that could be ingrained with the Hogwarts castle on the site. The amusement will also be huge, taking up tracts of land previously occupied by the Dragon Challenge ride that was discontinued in 2017.
Given the construction previews already posted on Twitter, the new roller coaster might even be bigger than the Dragon predecessor. One media wag commented that based on the real estate already being taken up for the new attraction, expectations will certainly be high once the Harry Potter creation opens. So far, besides the Forbidden Forest figuring prominently in the design, anticipation has it that several characters from the J.K. Rowling literary series as well as the movie franchise will also make appearances somewhere along the crazy rail lines.
For Orlando theme parks, 2019 looks like it will be year of massive makeovers, including Walt Disney World's decision to replace its popular lagoon-based fireworks spectacle, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, with a totally new program, yet to be named. Also slated to launch next summer is the Disney amusement, Mickey Mouse's First Ride, which will be the first time the theme park franchise has introduced the iconic rodent on a ride. Additionally, the new Star Wars ride, Galaxy's Edge is on stream to be operational by the fall that year.