Dragon Challenge Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure to Close in September 2017

Dragon Challenge coaster at The WIzarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando.

Universal Orlando has announced the thrill ride Dragon Challenge at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be closing in September 2017 to make way for a new Harry Potter-themed attraction.

The coaster was originally known as Dueling Dragons, and was one of the main attractions when Islands of Adventure opened in May 1999.

It featured intertwined tracks with inversions, and the ride was themed to two chasing dragons. One side was known as the Chinese Fireball and the other was the Hungarian Horntail.

The ride was renovated in 2009, reopening March 2010. It was renamed Dragon Challenge later that year when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade grand-opened on June 18, 2010.

Unfortunately the park will lose one of its original rides when Dragon Challenge closes on September 5, 2017. The last day to ride with be Labor Day, September 4.

What do you think? Are you excited for the new Harry Potter attraction? Or are you sad Dragon Challenge is closing? Let us know in comments.

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