Could the new Harry Potter roller coaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, be getting a “soft opening” a few days before its official debut on June 13?
Some Universal watchers say yes, while others are saying it’s not very likely due to some unexpected wear and tear on the ride system.
A “soft opening,” of course, is when an attraction opens a few days earlier than its official opening date. (Sometimes lucky theme park attendees will be in for an unexpected treat if they hover around an upcoming attraction a few days beforehand — just saying.)
The construction walls are down, and the coaster is currently being tested. Here’s a clip from WESH 2 News…
UP AND RUNNING: Universal Orlando took its new Hagrid-themed 'Harry Potter' coaster out for a spin yesterday and it looks amazing! https://bit.ly/2YBt1ET
Posted by WESH 2 News on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
While the coaster is up and running, the word from Orlando Weekly cites visible wear and tear on the ride system, which might cancel out any chance of a soft opening.
The ride, while rougher than expected, can still open on time but an updated maintenance schedule with more frequent closures and possibly new ride vehicles may be necessary in the coming years.
As of now, the grand opening for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is still on for June 13, but annual passholder previews and any significant softs have yet to be confirmed, though some soft openings are expected before next week’s grand opening.
Still, other outlets like Inside Universal seem to be on a “PotterWatch” for a soft opening any day now. However, they also note that many of the expected previews have not yet happened.
“Soft Openings” are never promised. There is no guarantee the ride will even be opening on any given day. The ride might only open for a period of time, all day, or not at all depending on any issues or changes. There is no set schedule or guarantee it will be open until it’s officially GrandOpened. Something to keep in mind; with the opening date a little over a week away, a soft opening may not even happen. In addition, new attractions are first experienced by Universal employees during Team Member Previews, which hasn’t even occurred yet.
Only time will tell! You might want to stay tuned to social media for any news on if and when a soft opening for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will occur.
[Source: Orlando Weekly]
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