The History of & Changes to Dueling Dragons | Islands of Adventure

Dueling Dragons was a set of B&M inverted rollercoasters located in the Lost Continent section of Islands of Adventure. The attraction quickly gained notoriety as well as a sizable following among coaster enthusiasts shortly after it’s debut in the park. This video compiles the attraction’s 18 years worth of development and updates, leading up to it’s recent closure.

Song’s Used:
• The Quidditch Match – Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GwXBBuQRJA
• 1999 Official Soundtrack – 09 Merlin Woods Plaza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NeKm1sFoEc
• New Official Soundtrack – 11 Merlin Woods Plaza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt6E2K1e3c0
• Harry Potter Theme Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htaj3o3JD8I
• Islands of Adventure – Entrance Loop (Ocean Trader Market): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpHHBBSfJkg
• Islands of Adventure – Lost Continent – The Lost City – Area Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swynfQdNij8
• Universal IOA Dueling Dragons Castle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13GUqycupNQ (I looped the first 30 seconds of this video and used the ambiance as background music)

Video’s Used:
• Dueling Dragons At Islands Of Adeventure (AKA Dragon Challenge): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP0uN5MLB2Y
• Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Harry Picked from The Goblet) 4K: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8szpId3oWlE
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – The First Task (Part 1 of 3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUQzN0lnxu8
• Harry Potter Dragon Challenge Coaster Queue Line Walk-In POV HD Wizarding World Universal Orlando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCUNJv3jNcs
• (The Flying Car) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdq0ffcd1BI
• Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster Off Ride POV Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Wizarding World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzHPXra_74c
• Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – the first look at Hogwarts (HD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SafKm0tsSOw
• Diagon Alley announced as Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion at Universal Orlando – Artwork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j62-nR7P-0
• Saying Goodbye To Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster At Universal Orlando Islands Of Adventure!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGC7Xd2G8nY
• Dragon Challenge Coaster Closing Today: New Harry Potter Attraction Coming in 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTEAeBVw0bo
• Dueling Dragons – Stained Glass Story video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrXF-1siyjQ
• Dragon Challenge roller coaster queue at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuJTXu6MaU8
• 1999 – Total Immersion – Islands of Adventure (Universal Studios Orlando): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93wygSy8gGY
• DDQlow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlJT_-0zqYk
• Universal Islands of Adventure – 1999 – Florida Phlash Backs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4CztMzI_OA
• Universal studios Islands Of Adventure 2000 (VHS Capture): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijVdJNfNsGY
• Universal Studios Islands of Adventures Grand Opening with Giant Inflatables: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REjO3Y6SXmI
• Universal Studios Orlando Island Of Adventure Soft Opening 1999: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvw32KuzCyA
• Islands Of Adventure Model Tour – November 1997: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pizMvTo3BDI
• Mark Woodbury And Dale Mason Interview Of Islands Of Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDR6hRfSXiY

Special thanks to @bioreconstruct (https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct) for their before and after shots on the Dragon Challenge demolition.

Website sources and articles referenced:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Challenge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizarding_World_of_Harry_Potter_(Universal_Orlando_Resort)
https://www.themeparktourist.com/news/20091014/504/dueling-dragons-queue-changes-no-closure-date-yet
https://www.themeparktourist.com/news/20100301/1065/dueling-dragons-closes-islands-adventure-undergo-dragon-challenge-transformation
http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201110/2718/

Universal Orlando announces new Harry Potter coaster replacing Dragon Challenge

New Generation of Thrill Ride Coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2052359/Universal-Orlandos-twin-rollercoasters-Dragon-Challenge-race-again.html
Dueling Dragons
http://www.coaster-net.com/dragon-challenge.html
https://parkvault.net/tag/dueling-dragons/
http://www.themeparkreview.com/photos/universalstudiosflorida/duelingdragons.htm

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