Dragon Challenge (Universal's Islands of Adventure)

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Dragon Challenge
Chinese Fireball
Hungarian Horntail
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Location Orlando, Florida, USA
Status Defunct
Operated May 28, 1999 to September 4, 2017
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Replaced by Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Inverted - Twin
Propulsion Chain lift hill
125 feet
125 feet
115 feet
95 feet
Top speed
60 mph
55 mph
3,200 feet
3,200 feet
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Dragon Challenge was a pair of dueling inverted roller coasters located at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA. The ride was the only dueling inverting roller coaster in the world.

History[edit | edit source]

The ride was themed to two dragons and was originally named "Dueling Dragons". It featured a layout with two completely unique courses and three near misses between the two trains, which brought riders' feet within several inches of riders on the other train. The ride was constructed by Bolliger & Mabillard of Switzerland. Both sides were two minutes and twenty-five seconds long. The ride originally opened in 1999 with the name, "Dueling Dragons." The tracks were named Fire and Ice. The queue line featured rectangular stained glass windows with Merlin telling a story, Merlin's spellbook, a hallway with defeated knights and a dungeon with skeletons. However, it was renamed "Dragon Challenge" in 2010 when the ride's themed area was rethemed into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


In 2011, a 52-year old man was struck by a flying object. His right eyeball was badly damaged, so it had to be removed. For this, Universal cancelled the dueling feature and began running separate sides. Four years later in 2015, the queue line recieved metal detectors.

On July 24, 2017, Universal Studios announced that Dragon Challenge would close on September 4 and be replaced by a new Wizarding World roller coaster in 2019, which was later confirmed to be named Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, an Intamin LSM launched roller coaster that opened on June 13, 2019.[1] The two roller coasters were subsequently scrapped. While the Incredible Hulk, also at Islands of Adventure, had its track replaced during 2015 and 2016, it is the first B&M roller coaster to be removed completely.

Incident[edit | edit source]

In 2011, Universal decided to make the Dragons stop dueling. While riding, three riders said they got hit by something, injuring them. After examining the coaster, the park stated that it could not be the coaster. But, they think it was that people had shoes, rocks, or something to throw at the other riders in the other train. After this incident, Universal stopped the coasters from running simultaneously. They also added metal detectors to all of their large coasters' entrances.

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