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  • Lindsey Markwood

What rides must you ride at least TWICE at Universal Orlando?

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

There are three rides that you simply cannot ride just once as each one has two different experiences at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. this article will explore which rides you should ride at least twice during your next adventure at Universal Orlando.

guests onboard a roller coaster at Islands of Adventure.
Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure

Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventures is a thrill ride located at Islands of Adventures. It is one of the most popular rides at Universal, and for good reason – this ride is awesome.

When you board the person on the left boards first into the motorbike. The motorbike makes you “feel like you have a bit more control” and allows you to lean into the ride a bit more. For our family, everybody wants the motorbike first, so we let the kids ride it. The second person to board will get the side car. Since it is a bit lower to the ground and has a different ‘hold mechanism’ it gives completely different perspective on the ride. Both are extremely thrilling. Try to ride this ride twice if at all possible, during your stay. You will not be disappointed. Bonus: It is also different riding it at night.

Over at Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure, there is another attraction has two different experiences: The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. While both experiences are elevated rides, there are two different tracks. One will even take you inside Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous. Make sure to wave at all the park guests eating below! Just a note: this ride is meant for all ages and offers great views of the park. It is also fun to ride at night – especially during the holiday season and you can use the Express Pass and reduce your wait.

Passangers zoom by on the ride The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride

The Hogwarts Express train pulls into the station before passengers unload.
Hogwarts Express

Back at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you will find another ride which must be ridden at least twice, Hogwarts Express. Besides two different queue experiences, there are also two different ride sequences shown depending on if you are departing from Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade) or Universal Studios (Kings Cross Station). Without giving away spoilers, when the train departs Kings Cross Station you will Hedwig, the dementors, and Hagrid. When Hogwarts departs Hogsmeade you will see centaurs and the famous Knight Bus.

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Happy traveling friends!

-Lindsey Markwood


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