Saturday, September 15, 2012
-Islands of Adventure (Orlando, FL, USA)
-Bolliger & Mabillard
The Dragon Challenge (formerly Dueling Dragons) is a pair of steel inverted coasters that intertwine with one-another. Since 2010, with Islands of Adventure's addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it has undergone a complete makeover, turning it into a Harry Potter-themed ride. Riders travel through a very detailed maze around Hogwarts and the school's grounds, before choosing which coaster to ride. The two are not symmetrical. Though very similar, the Chinese Fireball travels at a higher speed and drop than that of its counterpart, the Chinese Fireball. However, both are highly intense and feature 5 inversions. I last rode Dragon Challenge in 2010, but I've since heard that the dragons no longer duel, though I can't confirm it myself. My favorite part about the ride is that there are two halves, so once you've rode one side your second time on the ride will be totally different. With a high number of inversions and low number of drops, the Dragon Challenge is one of those rides that will toss you all over the place. And those get an A in my book.