Dragon Challenge in Hollywood???
Universal Studios Hollywood:
What do you think?
With FJ (Forbidden Journey) heading to Hollywood, or at least the castle, Wouldn't it be ironic if a new verson of Dragon Challenge opened at Universal Hollywood? Is it even a rumor? Or is Universal Creative going to talk?
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From David L.
Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Waste of space.
And space happens to be a premium at USH. And it isn't very good for an Invert. My local Batman coaster is more intense and almost as well themed.
That would be great if it were to happen. Dragon Challenge is a fun ride. Unfortunately it needs A LOT of space. They would literally have to throw down City Walk for that to happen and City Walk is not going anywhere.
USH also has strict noise limits since it is relatively close to a residential area and filming actually happens not to far away.
Dragon Challenge in Hollywood is not happening, but hopefully the new Gringotts Coaster will make its way out west as well. It's indoors and seems to use less space than Dragon Challenge.
Why would it be ironic, Tyler?
From Lisa Clark
Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM
You mean the ride formerly known as the Dueling Dragons? The red and blue suspended coasters at Universal? They are both good, but not near as good as Montu or Alpengeist, nor Batman in my opinion. Plus it is two coasters and as the other writer said in Hollywood space is very costly and probably limited. I'm no fan of dueling coasters as there is no thrill to them. One bigger and better quality coaster is far better than two coasters that need to be smaller to fit in the space available. This is a problem with Busch Gardens' Gwazi coasters. They would had been better off making one bigger and better coaster.
Dragon Challenge will sooner be eliminated from IOA before it ends up at USH.
Even during peak times Dragon Challenge will it post hit 15 minute waits and takes up the most real estate
From AJ Hummel
Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM
While I haven't been on Dragon Challenge, from what I've heard the ride itself is little better than the average Batman and the unique aspect of the coaster was the dueling. Unless USH were to always run both tracks as intended, I would prefer them to not add the ride and save money and space for something unique.
Other reasons I would bet against Dragon Challenge at USH:
-The attraction itself takes up as much space, if not more, as the rest of Harry Potter World combined, and USH doesn't have a lot of free space to expand.
-The noise from the coaster would likely interfere with the film production going on in the studio lots, some of which are only a couple hundred feet from the theme park.
-The area around the theme park is hilly, so the ride would have to be redesigned as a large amount of flat space is not available.
-Southern California already has two B&M Inverted Coasters: Batman the Ride at SFMM and Silver Bullet at KBF.
USH certainly can use all the attractions it can get, but Dragon Challenge is not one the park needs. It would be much better to install the Gringotts coaster or, better yet, a unique thrill ride that doesn't exist in any of the other Harry Potter Worlds.
^Don't forget about how long the queue is, there are two coaster trains being loaded consistently, and how many each can seat. It seems like Dragon Challenge is quite the people eater, and probably is one of the reasons why the wait is always so darn short.
With that being said, Dragon Challenge was MUCH better as Dueling Dragons? The entrance? The queue? The actual dueling? Gah. It was amazing.
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