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.[Read more…]
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By Kevin Yee
With Dragon Challenge now closed at Islands of Adventure, Kevin takes a look back at its Dueling Dragons days with photos showcasing the queue from both versions. [Read more…]
On Sept. 4, 2017, the Dragon Challenge intertwined coasters in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure took its last flight. The coaster has closed for good, making way for what Universal calls “one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences we’ve created.” [Read more…]
After a couple of incidents, the Dragon Challenge “dueling” coaster (formerly known as Dueling Dragons) located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park will no longer duel. [Read more…]
A new 2010 Universal Orlando brochure found at universalorlandovacations.com features a map of both their theme parks and a listing of the rides and dining locations. What’s most interesting are the previously unreleased height requirements for the rides in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Flight of the Hippogriff ride is set at 36 inches, which is expected because when the ride was known as The Flying Unicorn, it was also 36 inches. And Dragon Challenge is also the same as it was when it was Dueling Dragons at 54 inches.
But the brand new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride is set at 48 inches. While this doesn’t confirm Forbidden Journey will be a roller coaster, it’s a good bet it will be a very thrilling ride. The ongoing rumor is that guests will ride on the end of a robot arm. The whole arm could also move along a track, similar to a roller coaster.
Also of note is that the Three Broomsticks restaurant is listed as counter, not table service.
While I was at Universal’s Islands of Adventure yesterday shooting some photos for our upcoming Winter issue (Which will feature a full story on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.), I figured I’d bring you some updated construction photos. The top photo show Hogwarts Castle as seen from the front of the park.
In our last update we brought you a peek at the Hogwarts Express train at the entrance to the Wizarding World. They now have the train covered up with a large plastic sheet.
The view of Hogsmeade Village from the entrance to Dueling Dragons (pictured in the background). Dueling Dragons will become Dragon Challenge by the time the World opens.