The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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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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.