Dragon Challenge in Hollywood???Universal Studios Hollywood: What do you think?
From Tyler HarrisWith 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?
Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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From David L.Waste of space.
Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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.
From Manny BarronThat 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.
Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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.
From Mike GallagherWhy would it be ironic, Tyler?
Posted August 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM
From Lisa ClarkYou 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.
Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM
From robert morrisDragon Challenge will sooner be eliminated from IOA before it ends up at USH.
Posted August 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM
Even during peak times Dragon Challenge will it post hit 15 minute waits and takes up the most real estate
From AJ HummelWhile 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.
Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM
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.
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.
From Bryce McGibeny^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.
Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:49 PM
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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