Universal Coaster Throwdown: Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure vs. VelociCoaster

We FINALLY rode Universal Orlando’s VelociCoaster for the very first time (and we loved every second of it).

Raptor Statues

Although VelociCoaster was totally epic, there’s still something to be said about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure too. Now, we’ve experienced them both, and we’re putting the roller coasters to the test!

‘Twas a hard decision to make, but we are putting Universal Orlando’s two newest coasters head-to-head for a throwdown! So, which is superior — Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure or the VelociCoaster?

Storytelling

Walking through Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure versus VelociCoaster, there are two very different experiences that guests can have. When it comes to VelociCoaster, riders have the opportunity to be immersed in the story when waiting in line for the ride.

VelociCoaster

The story behind VelociCoaster is that Claire Dearing is hoping to attract more business to the Jurassic World park in the time period prior to the first film in the series. With her “more thrills initiative,” humans can safely observe raptors in an up-close environment. Owen Grady, on the other hand, warns that it could spell disaster.

Raptors in the Queue

Of course, it’s no surprise that the raptors break loose out of their paddocks to chase the humans on the coaster. In the queue, you can even watch them chase after the ride vehicles as you pass by one of the tunnels! But, Universal also does an incredible job story-building what should have happened, according to Claire Dearing!

Raptors Chasing the Vehicles

Dr. Henry Wu explains how they’ve trained raptors to ensure that everyone is safe during their visit.

Dr. Henry Wu’s Back!

Dr. DNA from Jurassic Park even teams up with him to give everyone all the details they need to know!

Right before you board the attraction, you’ll be able to meet a raptor up close. But, don’t worry! The raptor is secure, so you don’t have to worry about anything wild happening just yet. Well, at least until you board the attraction, that is! 😉

The actual coaster is a high-speed adventure, so the story isn’t the main focus once you’re on the ride. On the flip side, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure brings the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to life throughout the track.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hagrid’s sets up some of the premise through various illusions and screens in the queue with appearances by Arthur Weasley and Hagrid himself. But, the queue doesn’t have the same attention to details and references from the films (or books) that VelociCoaster does. Instead, Hagrid’s keeps guests immersed in the Wizarding World throughout the actual track.

Motorbike Time!

Guests encounter animatronics along the way, as Hagrid narrates each twist and turn! Arthur is able to help duplicate Sirius Black’s motorbike in order for the riders to journey into the Forbidden Forest to help Hagrid find the Blast-Ended Skrewts.

On Ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

The track uses a stop-and-go method, where the coaster will slow down at certain scenes to look at the animatronics that Hagrid is talking about. Guests are able to see Hagrid’s Hut, an abandoned part of the castle, Fluffy the three-headed dog, a centaur, Devil’s Snare, and MORE that fully create an immersive experience.

Fluffy’s Looking Adorable

The ride-through of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is still thrilling, but it does primarily focus on its ability to world-build through storytelling and sets as well.

Track

Speaking of those thrills on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the track is unique in how it will slow down and speed up again in certain sections. At one point, the ride vehicle does launch at a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour in 4 seconds towards the end of the ride.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

The track also features a 65-foot tall, 70-degree vertical incline that ends up sending guests backward through part of the attraction. However, the most thrilling part of the ride is when passengers drop through Devil’s Snare after they cast “Lumos Solem,” causing them to free-fall 17 feet.

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure

If you don’t consider any of the theming of the rides, VelociCoaster’s track is a LOT more exhilarating! Guests do reach a speed of 70 mph amidst the twists and turns of the ride. The roller coaster blasts off to the top of a 155-foot top hat tower, where everyone comes down at an 80-degree angle.

VelociCoaster

The rest of the ride is full of narrow misses of rock formations and quick movements. But, the ending makes VelociCoaster the epic ride that it is! Towards the end, guests are tossed upside down 4 times with a 100-foot-long “zero-gravity” stall that makes them feel like they’re flying.

This awesome track PLUS dinosaurs? What more could we want?!

The grand finale features a 360-degree barrel-roll inversion or “mosasaurus roll,” where passengers are meant to feel like they are gliding above the water of the Islands of Adventure Lagoon. Throughout VelociCoaster’s track, there are 12 seconds of airtime, making it unlike anything we’ve really seen in a Universal park!

VelociCoaster

So, which coaster is the winner, you ask?

Overall

If you’re looking for theming, you’re going to want to fully immerse yourself in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over at Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Buuut, if we’re talking about a thrilling track, then you may want to opt for a visit to VelociCoaster instead.

Unicorns

Still, if you’re going to make us choose, we’ll have to break it down to JUST the coaster without any of the themes. And, then we have to say that VelociCoaster is a winner for that reason! Either way, though, you’ll have an amazing time whichever coaster you choose to ride (or just visit BOTH for that matter)!

VelociCoaster Entrance

As we continue to make our way around the parks, we’ll be sure to give you a look at everything new happening in Universal Orlando! Stay tuned to AllEars for the latest theme park news!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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