July 24, 2017
Orlando, FL – Universal Orlando today announced the closure of the Dragon Challenge roller coaster inside the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park. The final day to ride the two B&M inverted roller coasters will be Monday, September 4.
After the closure Universal plans to remove the roller coasters to make way for an all-new Harry Potter based attraction. A few details about the new ride were shared today on the Universal Orlando blog:
Universal promised that more details on the new roller coaster will be revealed in the future.
Dragon Challenge, originally named Dueling Dragons, is one of the original attractions at Islands of Adventure theme park. When it opened in 1999 the two intertwined inverted roller coasters, one named Fire and the other Ice, from Bolliger & Mabillard dueled each other with five near miss moments. When Universal announced plans in May 2007 to built The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the roller coasters were re-named Dragon Challenge and the lengthy indoor queue was re-themed.
Unfortunately two incidents involving riders and loose objects during the summer 2011 forced Universal to suspect the dueling aspect of the ride. The ride experience was never the same. Since Dragon Challenge lags behind in popularity among The Wizarding World attractions its no surprise that Universal will replace it with something new.
In the meantime, you've got just over a month left to get your final rides in before the Dragon Challenge ends for good.
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