Just days after Universal Orlando debuted its new Intamin-built motorbike coaster on the site originally occupied by the iconic Dueling Dragons ride, the manufacturer has opened a new attraction by that same name at Guangzhou Sunac Land in China.
Intamin‘s new Dueling Dragons roller coaster is a triple LSM launch coaster featuring two dragon themed trains, one suspended and one sit-down, that “duel” each other with a number of near-miss elements.
Utilizing Intamin’s most powerful LSM drive system, the trains are simultaneously launched forward into the loop. Stalling by gravity in the loop, the trains then move backwards into the already passed LSM section. Launching backwards, both trains pick up even more speed, allowing them to reach the crest of the 164 feet (50 meter) high vertical spike. This is when riders experience a moment of zero-gravity weightlessness airtime with their eyes facing down.
Accelerated by the LSM drive system for a third time, the trains reach their top speed of approx. 62 mph (100 km/h) on the sit-down train, or 68 mph (110 km/h) on the suspended train while passing through the loop. Out of the loop, passengers will experience several inversions, airtime elements, and a total of five near-miss configurations, bringing riders’ feet and arms close to the other train.
The physical track length of the sit-down layout is 2592 feet (790 meters), and the suspended layout is 2723 feet (830 meters). However, the actual traveled distance is 3215 feet (980 meters) and 3379 feet (1030 meters), which is a result of the forward-backward-forward launch.
Universal Orlando’s original Dueling Dragons was a pair of intertwined suspended looping coasters built by Bolliger & Mabillard. It was renamed to Dragon Challenge in 2010 with the opened of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade, and removed in 2017 to make way for the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
Intamin also recently opened Taiga, a double LSM launch roller coaster, at Linnanmäki amusement park in Finland.
Check out this video of China’s new Dueling Dragons attraction, followed by a look back of its Orlando namesake: