Dueling Dragons (Fire) Review

We're here at the Universal Orlando Resort to ride Dragon Challenge. Now originally, it was called Dueling Dragons, and it was amazing!!! Holy Crap!!! Some of the best dueling on any coaster ever!!!!! It was amazing!!! But then they turned it into Dragon Challenge and stopped the dueling. F*CKING LAME!!!! SO F*CKING LAME!!!!!!! After walking through the beautifully themed line, we reach a sign that says "Choose thy fate." We decided to head on over and make Fire our fate. After pulling down the shoulder harness, the floor drops and away we go. Once we reach the lifthill, we climb up the lift hill. We see the Icy Track. Empty. We know that Ice is supposed to duel with us. But nope. =( Once we reach the top of the lifthill, We then head down the fist drop. We then twist to the left into the first drop. We get quite alot of speed off that first drop and are now having a lot of fun. But before our feet can touch the water, we roar up into an Imhellman Loop. We roar straight up like if it were a vertical loop, only to twist out of it. We then rush back towards the water. We then rise up into an airtime hill. While we don't get crazy ejector air or anything like that, we do get some nice floater air. How many B&M Inverts have decent floater air!!! =) We then drop back towards the ground. We then roar up into another Imhellman Loop. We flip upsidedown only to twist out of the inversion and after the Imhellman, we rush into a downward helix. After gaining some speed, we head into some straight track. Now we see ourselves charging towards an empty track. When it was Dueling Dragons, this was awesome as it pumped us up for some kickass dueling action. Here, its just wasting our time and proving how this ride was meant to duel and how this is a stupid move. We then rise straight into a vertical loop. The loop is fun, but without dueling with Ice, it is nothing special. Again, stupid stupid move. We then head back towards the ground and go through a little more straight track before slamming straight into a turn. This turn is quite forceful and really whips us through it. We then flip into a corkscrew. Its fun and forceful and all, but again, I miss the dueling action. We then twist into another turn and fly into some straigt track. Once again, proving that this was meant to duel. We flip straight into another corkscrew for some more good old fun. We then roar straight through a turn and glide straight into the brake run. Fire Dragon is a damn good B&M Inverted Coaster. I mean, it's the only one I've ridden that has floater air. So that's pretty unique. But still, its just so dissapointing to not have the dueling anymore. F*cking Lame.

8/10

Location: Universal Orlando Resort

Opened: 1999

Built by: B&M

Last Ridden: November 20, 2007

Dragon Challenge (Fire) Photos