New Attraction Set for Orlando's Wizarding World

posted by Alan McBride - 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting a new thrill ride, but for that to happen, an old one will have to go.

The park, according to the Universal Orlando official blog, will be closing down its Dragon Challenge rollercoaster this year to start construction on a new attraction that is themed more intimately with the Harry Potter storyline.

The mention in the blog is short on details, but promises to draw the rider "into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world."

Dragon Challenge was one of the original rides when Universal Orlando opened its Islands of Adventure in 1999.

The ride, which consisted of two rollercoasters running on side-by-side tracks, sometimes in close proximity to each other, had initially been named Dueling Dragons, and was a part of the Lost Continent section of Islands of Adventure.

In 2010, with the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the ride was folded into the attraction and renamed Dragon Challenge.

The last day for the ride will be Sept 4 of this year.

The attraction replacing it should open in 2019, according to Universal Orlando's blog.


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