The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure. One attraction, is the worlds only dueling inverted roller coaster, known as the Dragon Challenge.
Most individuals that have visited the park in the past will realize this isn’t exactly a new coaster, in fact, it was most recently known as the Dueling Dragons roller coaster. It was transformed into Dragon Challenge and is based on the Triwizard Tournament from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
The queue area, however, is new and very cool. It snakes through the claustrophobic castle passages as you await your challenge.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is finally set to have its grand opening on June 18, 2010. Built within Universal Resort Orlando, there have been a number of delays (even those who have enjoyed a preview have found the site still under construction), $200 million spent and all involved remaining tight-lipped about the park’s secrets.
Now that the park is finally being revealed (instead of cgi mockups of what to expect), the Harry Potter theme park rides you can expect include: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey; the Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster (based on the Triwizard Tournament); and, for the younger fans, The Flight of the Hippogriff.
The Forbidden Journey promises to be a great event from start to finish, with the queue for the ride (expected to be a long one) taking you through parts of Hogwarts and meeting some of the book’s characters, and then the ride itself involves a flying adventure with Harry, Hermione and Ron.
Designers from the Harry Potter movies have played a huge part in the design of the theme park, and of course JK Rowling has maintained much of the creative control she has held over the Harry Potter brand.