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Dragon Challenge (Fireball)

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Unfortunately, Universal Orlando announced on July 24, 2017 that Dragon Challenge would close forever on September 4, 2017. Following the closure a demolition crew demolished and scrapped the roller coasters.

Dragon Challenge is a roller coaster attraction inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Island of Adventure. One of the most incredible steel coasters ever built, this is the first ever, inverted, dual-tracked, dueling roller coaster. Each track is named after a different dragon – Chinese Fireball and Hungarian Horntail. During the two-minute ride, the trains duel each other at times passing within only 18 inches of each other. Originally called Dueling Dragons, the attraction was renamed for the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1999 Steel Dueling Inverted Multielement Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Inversions
    upside down elements
  • Ride Time
    2 minutes, 25 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Number Of Trains
    8 - 32 passenger

Dragon Challenge (Fireball) Facts & History

** Stats above are for the Fireball track

May 2010 – Dueling Dragons renamed Dragon Challenge.

Chinese Fireball: Two Immelmanns, Vertical Loop, Two Corkscrews
Hungarian Horntail: Zero G-Roll, Cobra Roll, Vertical Loop, Corkscrew

Each track may operate with three trains on the circuit.

Opening date: May 28, 1999

Train has eight cars with one row each, seating four abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall

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