If you have little kids in tow on your trip to The Wizarding world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and they’re Harry Potter fans, they’ll probably be disappointed that they can’t ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
Riders for that attraction have to be at least 48 inches tall. If, however, your little wizards are at least 36 inches tall, they can enjoy the Flight of the Hippogriff ride roller coaster.
What’s a hippogriff? A hippogriff is a mythological creature that has the head of an eagle and the body of a horse. Here’s the back story to the ride: Hagrid, the Care of Magical Creatures teacher, teaches young wizards-in-training to fly a Hippogriff.
He does so with replicas of the beasts, and Flight of the Hippogriff ride is one of the replicas. As guests wait in line, they pass through Hogwarts grounds, the Forest, and Hagrid’s hut.
They’ll hear Robbie Coltrane, who plays Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, speaking to them. Next, they’ll arrive at the open-air classroom where the Care of Magical Creatures Class is held.
This is where the ride is boarded, but before climbing in to the vehicle, participants must first learn to properly encounter a Hippogriff, by bowing. The ride vehicles are roller-coaster cars, fronted by a large head of a Hippogriff.
This is a great ride for kids. It’s fast enough to be exciting, but it’s tame enough not to be really scary. Allowing younger children to enjoy this ride will make them actually feel like they’re an important part of Harry Potter’s world!
Even better is that this Wizarding world of Harry Potter Flight of the Hippogriff ride is right next to Hogswart’s castle, giving you a better view of it as you go up the top loops. So check out the Flight of the Hippogriff ride for your little ones and grown ups alike!