Have you had the opportunity to take Hagrid’s lesson on how to ride a Hippogriff?
No? Not to worry, Hagrid teaches wizards everyday on how to fly. The most important thing to know about Hippogriffs is that they are very proud creatures. You never want to insult a Hippogriff because it may just be the last this you ever do. Hagrid is going to train you on how to fly using fake replicas of the creature. As you prepare for your flight you will walk through the grounds by Hagrid’s hut, past the Forbidden Forest and arrive in a canopy where your first Care for Magical Creatures lesson will take place.
Once seated, you will be taught how to bow to the creature before progressing up the lift hill. Remember to wait until he bows back if he doesn’t you may want to turn around and quickly go the other way. As you make your way to the top of the ride you will see a full aerial view of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, from the Hogwarts to Hogmeade you will truly enjoy this spectacular view of the Wizarding World. As you go through the dips and turns of the ride you will pass through the grounds yet again until you disembark where Hagrid will then thank you for joining him in his lesson.
Flight of the Hippogriff was previously known as the “Flying Unicorn” which was one of the first rides added to Islands of Adventure after its grand opening. The storyline used to be of a wizard living in the enchanted forest who finds a baby unicorn horn which gets shed from the creature but once every thousand years. The wizard takes the magic of the horn and creates the Flying Unicorn ride.
The Flying Unicorn was in operation for roughly ten years when it was closed in July of 2008 to be refurbished and re-themed to become part of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Flight of the Hippogriff.
So next time you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter stop by and take a lesson from Hargrid on how to fly a Hippograff so when Buckbeak is in town you will be able to take a ride. Just don’t pull out any of his feathers cause he won’t thank you for that.
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