The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.
Restrictions and access
36 inches; has Express Pass access.
Two sentence insider summary
The Flight of the Hippogriff attraction brings you into the Forbidden Forest, past Hagrid’s Hut, and face to face with a magical animal named Buckbeak. Although Flight of the Hippogriff is an outdoor kiddie coaster, it is surprisingly rambunctious — in a good way — and it offers fantastic views of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village.
2 out of 5.
It is rare to see wait times longer than 40 minutes.
What you wish you knew before you experienced it
Just how much fun it really is. And be sure to go back at night, when the Forbidden Forest sparkles and the ride seems entirely new.
OI fun fact
Before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Flight of the Hippogriff was called the Flying Unicorn, and it was actually shuttered for a number of years before it was given new life as part of the Wizarding World story.
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This is a fun option for the whole family. As a potter fan, I really appreciated the attention to detail in all of the scenes that the roller coaster passes through. The ride does not have any large drops and is very short. Great for kids and potter fans!
Say hello to Buckbeak!
I am not one to go on this ride every trip. I find it very kid-friendly, however. The lines can get a bit long, which is strange....
As a Harry Potter fan myself, I do appreciate the detail and references put into this ride. However, it isn't my first resort coming to the park. I'll usually ride it when the lines are short.
First, if you're not a Harry Potter fan, you can go to USF and ride the Woody Woodpecker ride without such a long line. If you want a thrilling coaster, there are others in the park. But seriously, who's not a Harry Potter fan?!!! The cons: the line is usually too long and the ride is too short. The pros: Buckbeak, Hagrid's cabin, the views and a fun little coaster. Buckbeak greets you as you climb the first hill. That's when you see the stunning views of the park and Hogwarts and Hogsmead. Hagrid's cabin is just like the movie come to life. The coaster ride is fun and fast but no really steep drops. I wish it would roll twice instead of stopping. Are you listening Universal???
A fun Potter family coaster
The Flight of the Hippogriff is a coaster for the whole family. We had 15 in our family ride this ride ranging from age 3 to 55 years and everyone had fun. It doesn't jerk you around very much so anyone can ride it. It was great to see Hagrid's hut and Buckbeak too.
Buckbeak and Hagrid
This is a small roller coaster. Some might say its just for kids but I love it. My only complaint would be that the ride time is so short and the line is quite long. If you love small roller coasters like me then maybe it's worth the wait. You also get to see Hagrid's Cabin while waiting and when riding!
A good easy going coaster
I went onto this coaster not expecting much. It wasn't a thrill ride and probably best for younger kids. Still its enjoyable. Also while your walking the line to go on the ride you get to see Hagrid's hut and the Weasley's car. Also some of the best vantage points for pictures of Hogwarts. Don't pass this ride up, but if your a thrill junkie, don't wait to long to ride it.
Flight of the Hippogriff
This is the family roller coaster of Islands of Adventure that is similar to the Woody Woodpecker in the Universal Studios Florida park next door. This offers amazing views of Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Worth a try on your next trip to Islands of Adventure.
I LOVED IT
I am not a ride person. I love Harry Potter so much that I decided to do as much rides as I could.
I loved it!!!! We are going again in May 2014. I will definitely do it again and this time I will bring my best friend's girls with me!!!!
One Special Moment
I\'ll admit that the Flight of the Hippogriff is a little short for my tastes but its worth taking a ride (or two) just for the money shot. What money shot you may ask, the most spectacular view at night. If you have the opportunity to take a ride after the sun has set you will not regret it.
As soon as you start the ascension to begin the flight you start to see the park at in a different light. As you reach the very top of the climb, you look to the right and see the Hogwarts castle. The view last only a second or two before you plummet down, but for the die hard Harry Potter fan, seeing the the twinkling lights of the castle and the starry night background, the magic becomes real, if only for that second.
I strongly recommend that everyone gives this ride a try even though it does not contain the high speed thrills or drops you expect in a coaster ride. This ride gives you something else, it gives you one special moment in thinking that perhaps magic is real and that you\'re living in it.
Not for muggles
If you're a hardcore Harry Potter fan, this can be considered a must do! Know that it's a kiddie coaster, so don't expect great thrills. Instead, enjoy the atmosphere of a walk through the grounds of Hogwarts as you wait in line and can find Hagrid's Hut and even hear Fang let out a bark or two. Also, because it's not a harsh ride, it gives you the opportunity to enjoy a great view of the castle from a different angle. So just review your techniques on how to approach a hippofriff and give it a try!
A Little TOO Short...
This coaster is a pleasant surprise. It's much more wild than it looks from walking by! That being said, however, the duration of the coaster is a bit too short for this reviewer's taste. My time on the track ended just as I was really starting to have fun.
Don't go on this coaster if you're expecting something rising to the level of The Incredible Hulk Coaster or Dragon Challenge. They're like apples and oranges. However, if you're traveling with smaller children who may not be tall enough for the Forbidden Journey or with people who are leery of the BIG roller coasters, this is a fun alternative.