Universal Orlando Resort recently opened the long awaited ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure to much fanfare and exceptionally long lines. There was even an instance on opening day where the line reached a 10 hour wait. Because of the rides popularity coupled with the ever present summer storms in Orlando the Universal has been keeping the ride open for many hours after the official park closing time. This cuts into the time 3rd shift maintenance requires to keep the ride in tip-top shape. As a result the ride has been having trouble keeping up with the exceptionally long “up” times thus causing longer delays and longer lines.

Universal released the following statement saying that Hagrid’s will begin its daily operation later in the day as a result:

No times have been announced for when the ride will open in the afternoons and there is also no further word on Virtual Line being offered at this time. Stay tuned to the blog for further information and an upcoming video of our experience on the ride.