The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, to the right of Hogwarts Castle at the far end of Hogsmeade.
Universal Express and standby lanes offered. A single rider is also available if you ask the ride attendant out front.
Guests must be 39 inches tall to ride. Guests 39-48 inches tall must ride with a Supervising Companion (anyone 14 years of age or older). Guests 48 inches or taller may ride alone.The ride vehicle cannot accommodate guests of certain body dimensions; ask the greeter to try a test seat before you get in line.
The Bottom Line
Fly high over Hogsmeade in Universal Studios Hollywood’s first and only outdoor family roller coaster. Hop in a basket-woven ride vehicle and meet Buckbeak, Hagrid’s famous hippogriff.
Flight of the Hippogriff packs a decent punch despite its small size, traveling up to 40 mph throughout the ride. There are no major drops. Most children tall enough to ride should have no problems.
Crowd Patterns & Wait Times
The ride enjoys a prominent spot on the Hogsmeade main drag, enticing many riders. Older guests without children in their parties may choose to bypass the experience, however, softening queue times. We nonetheless expect decent waits for Flight of the Hippogriff, which can only send out 22 guests at a time. Expect to wait 10-20 minutes in slower periods, 30-60 minutes on moderate days, and 75-90 minutes at the busiest times.
The entirely outdoor queue passes Hagrid’s Hut and motorcycle. Guests can catch glimpses of the bowing Buckbeak before they board the ride vehicles.
Length of Experience
Flight of the Hippogriff lasts just under one minute once out of the station.
What to Know Before You Go
The ride is at heart intended for children, but we feel it’s worth a reasonable wait for the stunning views alone. Guests enjoy an incredible aerial look at Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Castle, and the surrounding mountains once they reach the top of the lift hill. Those who have read the Harry Potter books or seen the films will get a kick out of seeing Buckbeak, but knowledge of the Wizarding World is not necessary to enjoy the experience.