Universal Orlando: Dragons will never duel again
Written by steve lee
Dueling Dragons was always an odd ride to me. Taken at face value, the ride consists of two fairly average inverted coasters. But once you intertwine the coasters and get them dueling, you've created a unique and exciting attraction. The exhilaration of the near-misses, exacerbated by riding on the front row, made a ride on both Fire and Ice a requirement when visiting Islands of Adventure. It was just a cool friggin' ride. Even the entrance and queue was cool.Tweet
While the coasters were rethemed to Harry Potter and rebranded Dragon Challenge, the thrill of those front row rides didn't abate.
After two accidents this year (including riders hit by flying debris from other riders), Universal has made their final decision on this ride. After 10 years of thrilling riders, the Dragons will duel no more.
Thoughts? (Clarifying, if you didn't follow the link: Universal's made permanent its recent practice of not launching the coasters at the same time, meaning that there won't be a "duel" encounter between the trains during the ride.)
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