Ranking all of the Harry Potter World Rides 2022 – Worst to Best

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Ranking all of the Harry Potter World Rides 2022 – Worst to Best

This article is your best guide for ranking all of the 2022 Harry Potter rides! Wingardium Leviosa! If you are a Harry Potter lover and a travel enthusiast, making the trip to Universal Orlando might be in your future. Universal Orlando Resort is a bucket list destination for all Harry Potter fans looking for an  imaginative vacation destination. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an impressive addition to Universal Orlando that is full of Harry Potter icons like Hogwarts Castle, Ollivander’s Wand Shop and more!

A Harry Potter World wouldn’t be complete without Universal Studios Harry Potter rides and we are going to rank them for you in this article. Whether its flying through the Forbidden Forest or breaking out of the safest place on Earth, we are going to tell you all of the Universal Harry Potter rides, best to worst.

We hope you find this post helpful! Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time and money on your next Universal Orlando vacation!  If you are planning a trip to Universal Orlando be sure to check out the latest deals on Universal Orlando vacation packages and our discounted Universal Orlando tickets which include EARLY PARK ADMISSION to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

So if you’re ready to find out everything you need to know about all Universal rides read on!

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2022 Harry Potter Rides Universal Overview

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Witches, wizards, muggles and alike are drawn to Universal Orlando Resort from all over the world, specifically to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Wizarding World offers two different themed lands designed after iconic Harry Potter locations. Between two magical Harry Potter lands, there are a variety of Universal Studios Harry Potter rides for everyone to enjoy. Some of which, are the most imaginative and entertaining rides to ever be made!

Islands of Adventure has a Harry Potter land designed after Hogsmeade Village, filled with shops, restaurants, and of course, rides. The Harry Potter rides at Islands of Adventure are completely different set of attractions than in the other Harry Potter Land, Diagon Alley, which is located in Universal Studios Florida. Diagon Alley only has one Harry Potter ride at Universal, but is still rather popular among the wizarding and muggle folk.

How many Harry Potter rides are there at Universal?

So let’s start with the most popular question and that is, how many rides are at Harry Potter World? The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has five rides, which are split between Islands of Adventure Hogsmeade and Universal Studios Florida Diagon Alley. These rides are Flight of the Hippogriff, The Hogwarts Express, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

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What Rides Do They Have in Harry Potter World?

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As discussed above there are five different Harry Potter rides in Universal Orlando as of 2022. Below are the current Harry Potter World rides:

  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Hogwarts Express
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Which park has the most Harry Potter rides?

Another popular question we receive is, which park has the most Harry Potter rides? And, Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando has the most Harry Potter rides with it being home to four rides. These four rides are Flight of the Hippogriff, The Hogwarts Express, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. It’s also important to note that technically both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida share the Hogwarts Express.

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Harry Potter Rides Universal Orlando 2022 – Ranked

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In this next section, we will be ranking Harry Potter rides at Universal. When we typically talk about the best rides in Universal, we rank them by assessing the storyline/theme, queue and overall experience that guests have while enjoying these attractions.  So without further delay, here are the best Universal Studios Harry Potter Rides ranked!

#5 – Flight of the Hippogriff

Coming in at number 5, the worst Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios is the Flight of the Hippogriff. If you’re a Harry Potter film fan, The Flight of the Hippogriff is a great ride for you! This low-key Harry Potter ride at Universal takes you for a flight around Hagrid’s pumpkin patch. Board a hippogriff shaped train and swoop, dive and soar as you listen to Hagrid’s special instructions on magical creatures.

Location: Islands of Adventure – Hogsmeade Village

Rank: 5 – The Flight of the Hippogriff is ranked at number 5 for Universal Studios Harry Potter rides for a few reasons. This is a coaster-type ride curated for smaller witches and wizards, making it not so thrilling, but very entertaining and perfect for kids. We love the overall design of this ride, but the other Harry Potter rides have it beat! With that being said, you get some of the best views of the outside of the Hogwarts Castle, which makes it totally worth it.

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#4- Hogwarts Express

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The Hogwarts Express is a classic Harry Potter ride in Orlando that any Potterhead would dream of catching a lift on. The overall theme and design of this ride truly transport you into the Harry Potter world as you can board in Kings Cross Station and sit inside a perfect replica train car just like Harry, Ron and Hermione. The only downfall of this Harry Potter Universal Studios ride, is that you are required a park-to-park ticket to ride it. That being, it transports you from one Harry Potter land to the other, which are in separate theme parks.

The queue is Kings Cross Station looks to be an exact replica of the real Kings Cross Station, which is really cool to walk through. You can even walk through the disappearing brick wall that brings you to Platform 9 3/4.

Location: Hogsmeade Station in Islands of Adventure and Kings Cross Station at Universal Studios Florida

Rank: 4 – The Hogwarts Express is ranked number 4 for Universal Harry Potter rides because while it is a genuine experience for Harry Potter fans, it is rather low-thrill and uneventful. Riding the Hogwarts Express is the most fun way to hop between parks and get the authentic Harry Potter experience. We absolutely recommend trying it at least once, back and forth, to see the two different storylines presented.

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#3- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is one of the most iconic Harry Potter rides at Universal for its location alone. Right inside of the ginormous Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando, guests are invited to join Hermione, Ron and Harry on a journey throughout the grounds. Of course, this isn’t a peaceful Hogwarts tour, instead, a 4-D simulation ride that runs into some misfortunes and mishaps along the way.

The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, is thrilling and dynamic with special bench seating that is unlike any ride before it. Encounter dragons, Death Eaters, spiders and even fly around on the Quidditch pitch with Harry as he chases around the Golden Snitch in this exciting attraction.

Location: Islands of Adventure – Hogsmeade Village

Rank: 3 – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is at the number 3 rank because first, it is the only Hogwarts ride at Universal that is inside of the castle. Throughout the queue and even during the ride, you get some of the best up-close views of specific Hogwarts rooms, truly making it feel like you are inside of the castle. The biggest downfall of this ride is that it can easily aggravate motion sickness for guests and just isn’t as exciting as the top two Harry Potter rides.

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#2- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the only Universal Studios Florida Harry Potter ride, making it unique. The Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts ride is a coaster/simulation ride that packs a punch for those visiting Diagon Alley. Guests descend into the safest place on Earth, Gringotts bank, with Bill Weasley and explore the vaults during the timeline of the Deathly Hallows films.

During this Harry Potter Universal ride, you can expect drops, high speed turns and chases, and 4D technology to enhance your experience. Just be careful, you never know who you’re going to encounter down in the vaults … especially someone like He Who Shall Not Be Named.

Location: Universal Studios Florida – Diagon Alley

Rank: 2 – The Gringotts ride at Universal is taking up our number two spot because not only is the ride amazing but the queue of this attraction is also a huge highlight. As an exact replica of Gringotts bank, guests can interact with goblins and partake in pre-ride moments of fun, like descending into the vaults by elevator. There is even a fire breathing dragon sitting on top of the magical bank, so definitely beware!

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#1 – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

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Coming in at number one is Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure as probably to best ride in all of Orlando.  This Harry Potter roller coaster is an incredible addition to the Wizarding World, as it was just added in 2019. Hop into Hagrid’s motorbike and soar around the Forbidden Forest to locate all of the magical creatures on the Hogwarts grounds. You will be pleasantly shocked during this Harry Potter ride in Islands of Adventure with launches, drops, high speeds and so much more!

Location: Islands of Adventure – Hogsmeade Village

Rank: 1 – There isn’t really anything we do not like about this Harry Potter Universal ride, and that’s why is has to be number one! It might even be our number one ride in all of Universal Orlando Resort with how much magic is packed into it. The storyline of this Harry Potter ride cannot be beat, and it totally checks all of the boxes for theme, queue and overall experience. It also is offered for Early Park Admission, which we highly recommend due to the high wait times.

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Harry Potter Rides FAQ

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Q: How many Harry Potter rides at Universal Orlando?

There are 5 Harry Potter rides at Universal Orlando Resort split between the two main theme park which are Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Islands of Adventure is home to 3 Harry Potter rides, and Universal Studios is home to one Harry Potter ride with both parks sharing the last ride with it being the Hogwarts Express.

Q: How many Harry Potter theme parks are there?

There are two separate Harry Potter Worlds at Universal Orlando Resort: Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley. There is also another Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is also Hogsmeade Village.

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