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Dragon Challenge
Dragon Challenge Chinese Fireball (Islands of Adventure) - OnRide - (720p)

Dragon Challenge Chinese Fireball (Islands of Adventure) - OnRide - (720p)

Dragon Challenge Hungarian Horntail (Islands of Adventure) - OnRide - (720p)

Dragon Challenge Hungarian Horntail (Islands of Adventure) - OnRide - (720p)

General
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Chinese Fireball
Hungarian Horntail
Park Universal Studios Islands of Adventure
Location Orlando, Florida, USA
Status Defunct
Operated
Operated May 28, 1999 - September 4, 2017
Opened
Opening
Cost
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Builder
Designer Werner Stengel
Type Steel- Inverted- Duelling
Type
Model
Riders per train 32
Riders per hour
Lift/launch system Chain Lift
Height
125 feet
125 feet
Drop
115 feet
95 feet
Top speed
60 mph
55 mph
Length
3,200 feet
3,200 feet
Dimensions
Duration
2:25
2:25
Inversions
5
5
Steepest drop
Maximum g-force


Dragon Challenge was a pair of dueling inverted roller coasters located at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. The ride was the only dueling inverted roller coaster in the world. The ride was themed as 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", but was renamed "Dragon Challenge" in 2010 after being re-themed for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In July 2017, Universal announced that Dragon Challenge would close to make way for a new Harry Potter attraction.[1][2] The ride closed on September 4, 2017, and demolition started soon after.

IncidentEdit

In 2012, Universal Studios decided to make the two coasters stop dueling. While riding, three riders exclaimed that they were hit by something, injuring them. After examining the coaster, the park stated that it could not be the coaster. They believe instead, riders on the other train threw their shoes or rocks at the other train while they were at the coasters signature, "Dueling loops" element.

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