How much do you love Harry Potter? Like, honestly, how much? Enough to wait 10 hours in a queue to go on a boy wizard-themed ride?
While many fans would think "screw that" and turn to their bookshelf to re-read the books for the 1,693,031st time, other fans at the grand opening of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure had way more dedication.
Yesterday, after waiting two years for its construction, people reportedly waited in a 10-hour queue to ride the $300 million new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.Did you know Harry Potter's Viktor Krum recently reunited with Hermione Granger? Check it out here:
The ride takes book-and-movie-lovers into the Forbidden Forest with the loveable Hogwarts gamekeeper himself. The whole experience takes roughly three-minutes - but people are waiting up to 600 minutes just to get on it.
The Universal Orlando website has cautioned excited park attendees that demand is high, and the attraction may reach capacity for the day they are visiting - but it's likely no one thought the wait would be this long!
According to Mashable, determined fans arrived as early as 6am to claim a spot in the line, with the park not even opening until 9am. By sunrise, the queue had stretched well beyond Hogsmeade and into other parts of the sprawling Islands of Adventure - a distance that roughly makes up a mile, with many people standing in direct sunlight.
Ohio native Brian A. told Mashable he arrived at 5.30 and knew a friend "lurking" near the entrance from 2am; they got on the ride by 10am, but they were among the first few hundred people in line.
According to local ABC outlet WFTV, the estimated waiting time was eight hours by 8.30am, and 10 hours by 10 am, with some fans starting to give up.
Thankfully, starting Friday, the park will be using a virtual queue so that fans won’t have to wait around in a lengthy line and will be alerted when it is time for them to return to the queue.
So, are you that Potty for Potter? Or would you be like me and head for a pint at the Leaky Cauldron at the first sign of a 10-hour queue?