Universal is making changes to Dragon Challenge
Published: August 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Local 6 News reports that Jon Wilson, a 19 year old from Ohio, said that something had hit him in the foot, arm, and face. He recollects saying that his sister was sitting next to him and when he told her he got hit she at first thought it might be a bug until she looked over to see his hands covered in blood.
In response, Universal Orlando has now changed the ride by having the trains run staggered so they won't pass near one another at the intersecting dueling points of the coaster. Universal Spokesman Tom Schroder told Local 6, "as we continue to study these incidents, we will operate both coasters as separate experiences without their usual intersect points."
This was the second incident in just over two weeks following another guest, Carlos Montalvo, being struck in the right eye leaving him blind in that eye.
It is not unheard of guests loosing personal belongings on an attraction. In the case of coasters in particular dueling coasters these items can become dangerous projectiles. I would speculate that both of these incidents were caused by lost items. I myself am guilty of having lost my glasses on the wooden coaster Gwazi before. They were in my pocket and got rattled loose during the ride and were lost. Thankfully though I have never been hit by any loose items. Have you ever lost something on a ride or been hit by another guests lost personal belongings during a ride?