Massive lines on first day of new Harry Potter ride

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens Thursday at Universal Orlando and as of 9:30 a.m. the wait time is 10 hours.

The new attraction is one of the most anticipated roller coaster openings this summer. Universal calls it a ‘story coaster.’

Riders will enter a line that leads to the mysterious Forbidden Forest. When they reach the ride, they will board magical motorbikes with one rider on the motorcycle, the other in an adjacent sidecar, and they will set off on a flight though the forest, searching for rare magical creatures.

The ride promises lots of thrills, with seven total launches, the most of any roller coaster in the world.

It’s also the first U.S. coaster to feature a free-fall vertical drop, which totals 17 feet.

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