Hagrid's Coaster Queue Updates / Questions / Reviews

patster734

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Apr 4, 2004
How does the rope drop for Hagrid work if you're coming from the Hard Rock? Any different?
No. Arrive at the IOA gate early. Probably quicker to walk from Hard Rock instead of waiting for the boat, and walk past Hard Rock Cafe and Toothsome’s. We got there about 7:45, and we were about 15th person in our line (multiple lines to enter. When the gates opened at 8:45, people were lined back past the purchase booths and beyond.
 
  • cschaaf

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    Oct 19, 2013
    Question for those who have ridden it. I was thinking about trying to lose a little weight prior to even trying to get onto Hagrid's, but it's my third weekend in a row coming back (well technically showing up tomorrow) since I got my AP again and I had an idea, is it possible to try the test seat without waiting the queue prior to the test seat?
    Do a YouTube search for "Hagrid's Universal Test Seat" or something similar. There are at least 3 different videos where folks demonstrate the tester seats. Pammie Plus Parks talks a lot about it. I think she said it was near the locker room.
     

    YawningDodo

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    Sep 16, 2014
    Re: requesting seats, how difficult is it for a single rider to claim the motorcycle side? Is that something I'll just have to negotiate with whomever is put in the same row with me--and if I use the single rider line, should I expect not to get a choice? Having watched some test seat videos I know I have a worse chance of fitting if I try to sit in the sidecar.
     

    SouthFayetteFan

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    Re: requesting seats, how difficult is it for a single rider to claim the motorcycle side? Is that something I'll just have to negotiate with whomever is put in the same row with me--and if I use the single rider line, should I expect not to get a choice? Having watched some test seat videos I know I have a worse chance of fitting if I try to sit in the sidecar.
    I feel like I recall them asking the person from the regular line which they plan to ride and then assigning the other seat to the single rider. (This would of course make sense since that person in theory waited in a much longer line).

    So as you might imagine it’s probably a 99% chance you’ll get the sidecar in this scenario. Perhaps somebody else on this thread can shed some more light but that’s what I remember happening. I’m not sure how they would react to accommodating a request of somebody in the single rider line due to their size. That’s an interesting question...
     

    ksromack

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    Re: requesting seats, how difficult is it for a single rider to claim the motorcycle side? Is that something I'll just have to negotiate with whomever is put in the same row with me--and if I use the single rider line, should I expect not to get a choice? Having watched some test seat videos I know I have a worse chance of fitting if I try to sit in the sidecar.
    I think if the Motorcycle is what you need then your best bet is to NOT do the single rider line.
     
  • PrincessWithABlaster

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    I feel like I recall them asking the person from the regular line which they plan to ride and then assigning the other seat to the single rider. (This would of course make sense since that person in theory waited in a much longer line).

    So as you might imagine it’s probably a 99% chance you’ll get the sidecar in this scenario. Perhaps somebody else on this thread can shed some more light but that’s what I remember happening. I’m not sure how they would react to accommodating a request of somebody in the single rider line due to their size. That’s an interesting question...
    The TM didn’t even ask me when I was in the regular line. She just assigned me the bike and the single rider the Sidecar.
     

    SouthFayetteFan

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    The TM didn’t even ask me when I was in the regular line. She just assigned me the bike and the single rider the Sidecar.
    That makes more sense. I definitely recall them asking people when we were there and it made no sense because everybody said bike so I actually wondered why they didn’t just do it that way. Maybe they changed that lol, or maybe different workers do it differently. At any rate, the single rider line is consistently receiving the sidecar.
     

    YawningDodo

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    Thanks for the replies! Glad I thought to ask, and it doesn't surprise me to hear that single riders get leftovers--that's kind of the point of the single rider line (and, as you say, the other person has been waiting longer). I'll have to try both test seats, and if the sidecar doesn't work for me it'll just have to be the regular line every time.
     
  • patster734

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    Re: requesting seats, how difficult is it for a single rider to claim the motorcycle side? Is that something I'll just have to negotiate with whomever is put in the same row with me--and if I use the single rider line, should I expect not to get a choice? Having watched some test seat videos I know I have a worse chance of fitting if I try to sit in the sidecar.
    From the regular line, when I tested the inside test seats, I could only get the green light on the motorcycle. So they sent me up the right side line. If the single line joins near the inside test seat, you might be able to test on the test seats, but not sure where the single rider line merges at.
     

    Disxuni

    "Where's the fun without a bit of risk?"
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    Mar 12, 2016
    Thanks everyone for letting me know about the tester seats. Perhaps give it a try on the outside next time.

    I ended up not trying to go on Hagrid's as I was focused on getting on Spider-Man as I just got my AP back and didn't get on it last time. I noticed that compared to last weekend it was night and day. Last weekend around 10am I got over to Hogsmeade from HE that the line was 2 1/2 hour wait and people waiting in the Sinbad area still. However, where as yesterday, by 10am after riding Spider-Man a few times I got onto HE and nobody in the Sinbad area and the line was nowhere insight, so I'd imagine the queue for Hagrid's wasn't insanely long. When I rode HE yesterday over to IoA for the opening (that was interesting overhearing all the people complain about how they weren't going to make it to Hagrid's before everyone) someone said the wait time was an hour while on the train. I noticed that they did have the "closing early" sign out this Monday.
     
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    ABZDisneyFan

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    We were there on Monday the 25th of November & the ride was down for most of the day, when it was up it was posting a 3 hour wait.
    We had given up hope of riding it as we were only there for two days & had decided that standing in line for hours for one ride was not the best use of our time.

    We had jumped between the two parks during the day & ended up going back to IOA to see the Christmas Projection show on Hogwarts, when it was over we decided to try & ride FJ again using our EP's & we ended up walking straight onto the ride.
    As we were walking through Hogsmeade, we saw a lot of people crowding round Hagrids which was strange as by that time it was after 8pm & the park was technically closed, however we along with everyone else could hear the ride was running so we hung around & after 5 minutes a huge cheer went up from the front of the crowd & we realised that they had opened the ride.
    We along with everyone else who was there, pretty much walked onto the ride, the only time we were stopped was just before boarding.
    By the time we got off, they had closed the line.
    I'm not saying that they do this every night but it might be worth checking it out at the end of night, particularly if the ride has been down a lot that day.
     

    instlouis

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    Oct 25, 2018
    Thank you.
    I will give one piece of warning about the far left line (not sure if the far right is the same). There is a guest service cart on the far left that helps people when their tickets don't work or have problems at the turnstyles. After being helped they are directed to go to the front of the far left line (makes sense as they already waited in line once). But this does cause that line to go slow if there is a line of people having problems with their tickets or fingerprints. I found the second line from the left goes faster but YRMV.
     

    cfoxga

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    Jul 14, 2009
    We were there last week and used the third line from the right twice. As noted above, it was nice to have the bathrooms nearby. The first day we arrived at 8:30 and the lines were already quite long and we ended up in a two hour wait, that was later cut short by the ride malfunctioning. The next day, we arrived around 7:45 and there were 15-20 people in front of us. We had about a 45 minute wait but eventually got on the ride. We all enjoyed it quite a bit. Unfortunately, we only got to ride it the one time...
     

    Babs1975

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    Aug 3, 2014
    Thought I’d chime in with my recent experience of yesterday and Sunday mornings. All advice here as far as timing worked like a charm. We arrived just before 8 am both mornings. Sunday, which was Thanksgiving weekend and a bit busier of a day, we were back about 20 people at one of the turnstiles on the left. Monday, we were the first at one of those same turnstiles. They opened the gates and started scanning tickets both mornings around 8:40-8:45. We WALKED quickly. Some tried to run and were repeatedly told to stop running, especially on the busier day as there were more cast members (if they’re called that!) at every corner. We had bags and stopped for lockers. All very easy and they tell you exactly what to do and where to go. Both mornings got all the way up into the room right before you load with the motorcycles going overhead and Hagrid talking. Then the line moved super quickly. Only there a few minutes. Sunday morning, no delay and they were saying it was operational. Monday they said it had a delay which was just maintenance finishing up with their testing. The motorbikes were running with no one on them as we walked by. We maybe were stopped a minute before the line started moving and they were loading. Both mornings on and off the ride by 8:05-8:15. We had four in our party, two kids, so I let them take turns riding on the motorbike as I did not care a bit either way. I had the hubs take the other motorbike as I thought he would do better there with his height. I rode in the sidecar both times and thought it was perfectly comfortable. The ride is amazing. Worth the trek in the morning. We all loved it. Best ride at Universal/Islands in my opinion!088330DD-6358-43D7-BF7D-BCAC54A6D5FA.jpeg
     

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