Universal Orlando has a little extra mischief to manage with its latest ride, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
The theme park Monday evening announced the ride, which opened to much fanfare less than a week ago, will now be closed until midday for the next few weeks.
Universal did not give a specific time, but the ride hasn’t always opened with the park, as it was scheduled to.
“We’ve been managing through significant weather delays and running the attraction well beyond regular park hours to accommodate our guests,” Universal wrote in a post on Twitter. “This is our most sophisticated, high-performance ride system ever -- and our team needs time to take care of the ride’s daily maintenance and technical support.”
Universal said the current operating schedule and demand for the ride has made it challenging for crews to keep up with the ride’s technical needs.
Demand for the ride has been high. So have the waits.
On opening day, fans were lining up for a 10-hour wait before the park even opened and wait times were still in the five-hour range over the weekend.
Universal had initially planned to roll out a virtual line for the ride, like it has for it’s Jimmy Fallon and Fast & Furious rides, but those plans were pushed back. Representatives for Universal said the park still plans to implement the virtual line and allow express pass access, but not in the immediate future.
Representatives for the park did not say when the delays would end.
The new ride, the latest at Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s ever popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is an intense thrill ride that launches riders at speeds up to 50 miles per hour astride a magical motorbike on an adventure through the Forbidden Forest. It features more launches than any ride in the world, goes forward and backward in motion and features a quick free fall drop.
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Universal spent more than $300 million on the ride, employing the same design studio as the films and planting 1,000 live trees to surround the abandoned Scottish castle where the ride is set.
Stay tuned to tampabay.com for updates and more details about the ride’s delays.