Even as we approach the second year since Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opened at Universal Orlando Resort, the ride's popularity has most guests having to enter a limited virtual queue in order to be able to experience it.
And though nothing has been announced yet, it is also possible that the all new Jurassic World VelociCoaster could operate on the same system when crowds get heavy. Knowing how to navigate the virtual line system is not just a means to get on the ride, but also one of convenience. You'll spend significantly less time waiting in line than you would if you would have to wait normally. So, how do you get one of these passes?
Often upon first entering the park, if lines are short, there will be no virtual pass system. If there's a regular wait, you are free to wait in the line, though I normally use this time to get to other high-demand rides that do not offer a virtual line pass at all, like The Incredible Hulk Coaster or one of the other Harry Potter attractions. This is because every day I have gone to Universal, there has eventually been a virtual line pass offered.
At some point, the line will switch to only accepting those with a virtual line pass. You can find out when this happens by going to the Universal app on your smartphone and simply searching "Hagrid". There you'll click on the attraction once it appears on your screen, and you'll be taken to a page that features a "Virtual Line Pass" button. Virtual line passes are typically available at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
I normally set a silent alarm to remind me to enter the app a few minutes ahead of those times, and once the clock ticks to those set hours, go to that spot on the app and click on the "Virtual Line Pass" button. You'll get the option to set your party size, and will choose your return window. At that return window, you'll head to an entrance location at the very end of The Last Continent area, set just before where you enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Hogsmeade. You'll scan the pass on your phone with a team member waiting by the fountain in that area and then get a physical line to board the ride.
Multiple party members can get passes for the whole party in the same booking window, and you can get a pass from multiple booking windows. This means you can ride the ride multiple times in one day, even when having to acquire a virtual line pass.